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It was interesting to start writing a review about a book titled Fearless from the Mount Washington Roadway, an 8 mile traverse up one of the steepest roads in America to the highest peak in the Northeast. Mount Washington is also home to the most extreme weather in the world. Winds over 200 MPH have been recorded there, in fact there are over 100 days each year where the wind exceeds 100 MPH. The weather is so extreme that one building on the summit is literally chained down the ground. Extreme heights and extreme weather leave few people who can truly say they are fearless.
In the book Fearless, Max Lucado has done a wonderful job addressing one of the most prevalent and destructive emotions that millions of people are dealing with today. The sharp decline in the economy over the past few years has resulted in millions of Americans facing financial difficulty. Many are not able to pay bills to support their family, others are losing their homes to the bank, and millions more are unemployed. There are also major wars taking place across the world today. This summer we saw the number of American deaths in Afghanistan take off to new heights. There is also the seemingly unending health issues that appear without notice, Swine Flue (H1N1 has struck fear across the nation and the world). In addition to all of the known facts that are causing fear today is the fear of the unknown. The fact that everything about the future has a big question mark following it does not sit easy with anyone.
Jesus did not come to give us a spirit of fear. This is the point that Lucado makes and explains in this book. As Christians we know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We cannot take lightly the fact that Jesus addresses fear numerous times during his life on earth. Lucado makes the insightful point that each time Jesus speaks about fear he calls believers to the opposite of fear – Faith. As Christians we should not have fear about situations, but faith in Jesus.
Max Lucado addresses the fear that is part of life. There is no denying that there is much to be fearful of in this life, but Jesus came to change that. He came to earth and was crucified that we may live abundant lives. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 37:4 where it says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” When we as Christians embrace the fact that Jesus really does know, care, and love us it changes the way we live. We are free to live in faith, not fear.
I encourage you to read this book. I am not someone who would have said fear was an emotion that I struggled with, however as I read this book I became convicted. I realized that I do not rest in Jesus the way he desires that I rest in him. Read and enjoy!
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