by Max Lucado
I guess I have to start with an admission: I have never before read a book by Max Lucado! I know, I know – where have I been? Max Lucado has authored at least a gazillion books – every one a best seller, right?
I have heard of him. People have highly recommended him. His books are all over the catalogs and magazines I read. And yet, until now, I have missed out.
And I say “missed out” because, if Fearless is an example of his normal writing, I’m sure it won’t be my last. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, his writing style strikes me as very similar to that of my all-time favorite author, Chuck Swindoll.
In Fearless, Lucado makes his case simply: God’s people do not have to live in fear. Within the first few pages he reminds us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7). He then crafts fourteen chapters addressing the things which we tend to fear most. He tackles our fears of:
- not mattering
- not protecting our kids
- worst-case scenarios
- life’s final moments
- and many others
Above all, he reminds us that “fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness” (p. 9). When we remember that God is still in control and that he desperately loves his children, then we can live life Fearless.