Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear
Author: Max Lucado
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 8, 2009)
Max Lucado’s latest book, Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear, is a book that will help you put your fears into perspective. After having mine revealed through his book like an open heart surgeon, he pointed me back to Christ as the cure for my fears. Lucado has pointed out so many of my fears, even the ones I was not fully conscious of, and he paints a picture of my fears that is so vivid and real. I wasn’t expecting that before I started reading the book.
Furthermore, he doesn’t just go skin deep but he really delves deep into our heart and after finishing the chapter, I end up feeling: “Wow, he’s right. I do have fears and he knows how I might feel.” After realizing my own fears and their reality in my life, I am forced to place my faith in the one who is able to alleviate those fears. Here’s a quote from my favorite chapter, My Child is in Danger: Fear of Not Protecting My Kids:
“So do the parents of the teenage daughter who collapsed in a volleyball workout. No one knew about her heart condition or knows how she’ll fare. When we prayed at her bedside, her mom’s tears left circles on the sheets. At least they know where their child is. The mother who called our church for prayers doesn’t. Her daughter, a high school senior, ran away with a boyfriend. He’s into drugs. She’s into him. Both are into trouble. The mother begs for help. Fear distilleries concoct a high-octane brew for parents—a primal, gut-wrenching, pulse-stilling dose. Whether Mom and Dad keep vigil outside a neonatal unit, make weekly visits to a juvenile prison, or hear the crunch of a bike and the cry of a child in the driveway, their reaction is the same: “I have to do something.” No parent can sit still while his or her child suffers. Jairus couldn’t.” (p.57).
I found the discussion guide at the end of the book very helpful. The questions are great for personal and even group reflection. With this format of this book, I can see a group reading this book together. These questions will cause readers to dive into their own fears. It’s obvious that the author, Lucado, had already reflected upon these questions and scriptural references himself as he was writing this book.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in inspirational books. Whether one may be be fearful or fearless, you will find Fearless an excellent read that will awaken your desire to fear less, or even, to be fearless.