Fearless by Max Lucado

fearlessMax Lucado, Fearless: Imagine your life without fear (180 pages, Nashville, USA: Thomas Nelson), 2009.

“Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness” so says Lucado. And in this new release from his pen he reasons that we can have a life without fear if we are to trust and have faith in God and his goodness. In the twelve main chapters Lucado touches on the following topics, using his illustrative best and continually coming back to Jesus:

The fear of…

1. Disappointing God

2. Running out

3. Not protecting my kids

4. Overwhelming challenges

5. Worst-case scenarios

6. Violence

7. The coming winter

8. Life’s final moments

9. What’s next

10. That God is not real

11. Global calamity

12. God getting out of my box

Lucado obviously has an introductory and concluding chapter. The book also has a discussion guide at the back of which is rather comprehensive. It can be used for groups or personal use.

Lucado writes well. I like the way he has tackled these topics which are most likely the ‘major fears’ within society. His use of illustrations and the explanation of the passages  is great and really captures the reader.

This is a Christian living-inspirational type book which helps to transform ones thinking regarding fear and the fears that we mull over in our heads or feel pressed upon us. Lucado does an excellent job at showing the way of Jesus and the promises he makes to take courage and trust in him. The book focuses on Jesus and is not particularly wish-washy like other main-stream Christian books can be. I would recommend it to anyone who is particularly fearful about things, but also for anyone who wishes to trust and hope more in Jesus.

7/10.

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