Lana Vaughan

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Fearless by Max Lucado

“Imagine Your Life Without Fear

Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.
Can you imagine your life without fear?”

There are very few books I read at a single sitting but Max Lucado’s new book Fearless was one I couldn’t put down. I was actually disappointed when I got to the final chapter. Stating the amazingly obvious in such a clear direct way Lucado not only addresses the prevalence of fear dominating our lives individually but corporately as well by reminding us that the recurring message Jesus left us was “Fear Not”.
Lucado doesn’t pull any punches when describing our fears, the root of our insecurities and the source of relief. Moving from significance to safety to worry to dread to hope and ultimately to trust the progression is familiar yet with new perspective the truth replaces the doubts.
This is not only a must read book but one to re-read, to have handy to give someone at the Spirit’s prompting, to keep on the end table or night stand instead of on the bookcase. This is a “In Case of Emergency Read This” book. In case of fear in the dark of night, in case of the phone call at 3 am, in case of “the boss wants to see you” , in case of life….
(Christmas spoiler…many of you will be getting a copy of this from me this year)

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