On a beautiful September afternoon, I donned my sun hat, got a large glass of ice water, pencil, notepad and stickies, and went out on the back deck to read Fearless. It was 180 pages of very quick reading full of anecdotes and Scripture (stories and specific listings of related Scripture) addressing the subject. I have said in other posts that I’m not a fan of anecdotal writing. I like an apt one inserted periodically, but most of the time they don’t move the subject forward. I’ve never thought that with Lucado. He is a master at weaving those anecdotes together in a smooth fashion to end up in the exact place intended. And while I consider Lucado light reading, this book does dig into some very heavy and timely fear factors.
Info from Amazon:
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849921392
- ISBN-13: 978-0849921391
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
The 224 pages mentioned here includes a discussion guide which is typical of discussion guides. Basic questions that are what the group makes of them. There are also end notes that are not notes but citations. The actual number of pages to read are 180.
Fear loves a good stampede. Fear’s payday is blind panic, unfounded disquiet, and sleepless nights. Fear’s been making a good living lately. (p. 176)
The book begins by addressing the fearful state of the world currently (did you know that today’s school children are more fearful than psychiatric patients of the 50s?), then moves on to address specific fears that include:
- smallness or insignificance
- being a disappointment
- all the little things that could go wrong (otherwise known as worry)
- our children and protecting them
- being overwhelmed
- irrational situations
- not having enough things
- surprises to our well-laid-out plans
- God not being real
- God working outside of preconceived notions
Nice list that is pretty comprehensive. While each situation had its own unique issues, some solutions kept coming up again and again. Faith and prayer were the two I think Lucado mentioned the most, but there were others. We are not alone. Jesus is our coming groom. Those who love and worship Jesus are not exempt from life’s tragedies. Make sure any plans you make (or try to make) include consulting and listening to God. It’s ok to have legitimate concerns.
Some encouraging quotes from the book (just some, I’d marked many, many more):
Why does he love you so much? The same reason the artist loves his paintings or the boat builder loves his vessels. You are his idea. And God only has good ideas.
Make friends with whatever’s next. Embrace it. Accept it. Don’t resist it. Change is not only a part of life; change is a necessary part of God’s strategy. To use us to change the world, he alters our assignments. p. 132
Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph. Yes, life stinks. But it won’t forever. p. 157
‘They fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.’ This is the fear of the Lord. Most of our fears are poisonous. They steal sleep and pillage peace, but this fear is different. . . . ‘Fear of the Lord is the deeply sane recognition that we are not God.’ p. 169
I really enjoyed the book. It was very uplifting and gave many situations in which I’ve either found myself or seen others. The Scripture he used was to the point for the situation. I think anyone who has fear issues would benefit from reading this one.
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