Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fearless by Max Lucado

Subtitle: Imagine Your Life without Fear. Published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, release date September 8, 2009. Hardcover, $24.99.
I can think of no more appropriate topic for today’s economic and geopolitical times. Nor can I think of anyone more qualified to write it than Max Lucado. Even the faithful are fearful these days. People are afraid of other people, of global calamity---you name it. Lucado addresses fifteen fears that he’s observed in his ministry, and he continually points out that fear can be overcome by faith.
Lucado’s writing is precise and to-the-point, but it’s also very reassuring. He shares a number of anecdotes to remind us that he has struggled with fear, too. Each chapter begins with a Bible verse addressing the fear that is discussed. For example, the chapter, “Fear of Disappointing God,” begins with Matthew 9:2 (NASB): Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.
The book includes a 47-page discussion guide designed to be used in group studies. The fifteen lessons correspond to the book’s chapters and are divided into three parts: Examining Fear, Exposing Fear, and Battling Fear. I can imagine this study being used extensively in churches. Perhaps it will be as big as Purpose Driven Life. I hope so.
Bonus: There’s a companion booklet entitled Imagine Your Life without Fear. Priced at $2.99, it’s designed to be an outreach tool for churches or an encouragement tool for Christians wanting to share their faith.

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