Monday, August 2, 2010

Book review: Fearless

On my most recent round of book review choices, I chose to review Fearless, by Max Lucado, for the simple reason that I have always loved reading books by Max Lucado.  I have a small home library and almost an entire shelf is taken up by his wonderful books. That all being said, it's been a while since I picked up any of his writing, so I was excited to have this opportunity.  Honestly, I don't consider myself to be a fearful person (except when we're talking about something like talking to people I don't know), so I didn't really think this book would apply to me too much.

Famous last words, right?  I think I was on page 2 before I knew this book was talking to me.  And that feeling continued for the entire book. For many of us, stress and anxiety has just become a normal part life. We're constantly bombarded with information on the internet and on the TV, and much of it is stressful.

Fearless addresses so many areas of fear in our life (disappointing God, childrearing, illness, violence, finances, not being good enough, and many more) and constantly refocuses us on the One who has everything under control. This book is written in Max Lucado's typical easy-to-read style-but-still-so-profound style.  I think it would be an encouragement to anyone, since we're all facing fear in some way or another. Whether you realize it or not!

At the end of the book there's a nice study guide to help really get into the topics of the book and the scriptures that it presents, as well as suggestions for how to apply the lessons to life.

To wrap up this review, I'll close with a quote from the book that I'm going to print out and stick to as many surfaces in my home as I can find so that I can always see it and remember.
"Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph. Yes, life stinks. But it won't forever. As one of my friends likes to say, 'Everything will work out in the end. If it's not working out, it's not the end.'"
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.