Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado

“Imagine Your Life Without Fear.” That is the front-cover tagline for Max Lucado‘s new book entitled Fearless that was released today (September 8, 2009) by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Take a look at this one-minute video about this new book:

Lucado takes a look at some of the many fears that plague us–the unknown, worst-case scenarios, safety of our children, finances, death, insignificance–and reminds us from Jesus’ words through each specific instance that we need not live in fear. In Lucado’s trademark style, he uses personal anecdotes as well as powerful stories to illustrate the strength of God to overcome our fears regardless of the outcomes in our lives. We are reminded that there is an all-powerful, loving God who lives in the midst of our uncertainties and fears and is there to bring us through them to a life of courage… a life that does not have to be a slave to fear.

At first glance, this book has a huge potential to be trite, full of glib axioms with little meaning or depth to them. As I dove into the content of this book, though, I was delightfully surprised at how straightforward and simple (in a good way) Lucado was at addressing some of the real fears that I and many friends of mine face from day to day. While Lucado does direct people to see God as loving and in control, he thankfully does not paint a rose-coloured view of life in our battle against fear. In the midst of uncertainty and evil and just plain bad things happening, I think, does a great job in reminding us that despite what may be happening around us and our lack of understanding of what may be happening around us, God has a plan of cosmic proportions, knows and cares about what is going on in our lives, and has the power to make all things right in the end.

If you are interested in taking a closer look at Fearless, check out the link below. The book is available online through sites like Amazon or at your local bookstore. There is also a companion website for the book at www.thefearlesstimes.com.

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