Lucado, Max. Fearless. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009.

As the title suggests, this book explores various key fears one faces in life, as related to our relationship with God, people, ourselves and the world around us. The author takes us through 15 chapters, beginning with the fundamental issues and on a personal level, such as significance, approval, and sufficiency. He then takes us through broader areas of family, challenges, situations, violence, money, death, before ending with a few chapters on existential issues such as the future, reality of God, global disaster, and the magnitude of God. There’s a good discussion guide for each chapter that’s concise but also substantial enough for personal reflection or small group discussion, each with the same format of examining, exposing and battling fear.

This is one of my first Max Lucado books, as well as one of my first ebook reads and reviews. Lucado writes in a light and casual style, almost like story-telling, with personal anecdotes, stories, verses, illustrations thrown in, which makes for an easy Sunday afternoon read. It’s not preachy or heavy with theological or bombastic terms. However, having said that, it’s more like an afternoon snack or light brunch, compared to a hearty and filling dinner of serious, satisfying content. I was expecting much more in terms of discussion of different fears, as well as possible applications or steps (not necessarily quick-fix) towards alleviating or dealing with them in a godly, biblical way. Of course, there were good nuggets of wisdom and points of reflection that were insightful and thought-provoking, such as

It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.

as well as eight steps to stopping worry:

Pray, first. Easy, now. Act on it. Compile a worry list. Evaluate your worry categories. Focus on today. Unleash a worry army. Let God be enough. (PEACEFUL)

Overall, a good read and would recommend to others. However, it’s rather surface and light reading, so don’t expect if you are seriously struggling with irrational fears or clinical anxiety for your fears to be dealt with here. Food for thought, worth a quick read.

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