Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear

by Max Lucado

Hardcover, 2009

Status

Available

Call number

248.86

Collection

Publication

Thomas Nelson (2009), Edition: 1st, 240 pages

Description

Texas pastor offers a faith-based primer on how to live without fear.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Ms.BookDragon
As a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson I had the opportunity to review Lucado’s newest book titled Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear.

First off, this book doesn't use the same Bible translation that I use. Was it a problem? NO. There wasn't an age range listed but I would have liked my children to read it so maybe 12 & up. You read it, then share with your family but be warned, they may not give it back.

Max Lucado can see the profound in the mundane. For example, he writes of sitting by the pool at a hotel while writing and watching two girls with their father.

"A father and his two small daughters are at play. He's in the water; they jump into his arms. Let me restate that: one jumps; the other ponders. The dry one gleefully watches her sister leap. She dances up and down as the other splashes. But when her dad invites her to do the same, she shakes her head and backs away."

I would see a family playing, he sees a "living parable!" and relates it to us ignoring our faith. As we sit there watching, we're urging the girl to jump. Her father will catch her and she'll have fun. What we don't see is us, standing there, being too cautious because we're fearful. Where is our faith in our Father? Jump, He won't let us down.

Max Lucado takes each of our fears, relates it to the 'real' world, walks us through them, gives us scriptures to hold on to, and brings us out the other side with a stronger faith and the tools to live without fear.

Each of the chapters has a discussion guide at the end of the book. Each discussion guide is divided into three sections: Examining Fear, Exposing Fear and Battling Fear. Read through this book, just as you would a novel then go through it again with notepad and Bible. Get out your highlighter and really read this book. You'll be glad you did.
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LibraryThing member Justjenniferreading
In Fearless Max Lucado sends the message that with fear in our lives we can be our own worst enemy. He also shows us how with faith and prayer we can overcome this fear. There are many examples of fear in the Bible and many examples of Jesus telling us not to fear. If we can trust our faith and know that there is nothing to fear through Jesus then we can live without fear. That is Lucado's message.

I've read a lot of spiritual/self-help books, not one has connected with me like Fearless did. I saw myself in so many of the examples of fear taking over one's life. It seemed as if Lucado was writing this book just for me to read. I think that for the first time while reading a book I actually sat the book aside and prayed. I liked the message and I've taken much from this book to heart.
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LibraryThing member jblanton41
My Review of Fearless by Max Lucado
I am a Thomas Nelson book reviewer-

In the beginning of this book we are asked the question "Why are we afraid?"
This book has many different reasons and things that we as humans are afraid/fear.
and they all led to one solution and answer to your fears- God.

Everyone at one time or another has been afraid. As a child, you may be afraid of the dark, bugs or lightning. As a teenager, you may be afraid of rejection from peers, not making the team or failing grades. As an adult, you may fear growing old, diseases, economy or many other fears.
No matter what you are afraid of you should bring it to God. Pray and let him know that you need his help to make it through whatever is troubling you. God already knows your heart and what you fear. He wants you to express to him and ask him to help you. He hears and he has a plan for you, that plan was made before you were born. God is the great giver and provider, always generous and utterly dependable, trust him with all your heart and believe. Do not trust in earthly things for they do not last forever, this life on earth is short lived but our life with God in heaven is eternal.

The message is simple- Fearless-
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV

Wonderful book, enjoyed it immensely! The chapters are filled with scripture that is very informative and interesting. I realized that I have been fearing many things lately with the poor economy, H1N1 and many other wordly fears. This book reminds me not to fear things but trust in the Lord and he will provide. I have read many of Max Lucado books and this is one of the best.
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LibraryThing member Innerstrife
“Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop.” In Max Lucado’s latest release Fearless he reveals the undercurrent of fear that is pervasive in our society. However, this isn’t a book of gloom and doom. Rather it is an encouragement of what it means to replace fear with faith. The tag line for the book is “Imagine Your Life Without Fear”. The picture Lucado paints is an appealing one.
Step by step Lucado addresses our fears. Insecurity, fear of God, concern for our kids, being overwhelmed, violence, death and doubt are all addressed. With moving illustrations from contemporary life and Scripture Lucado shines a light on the beacon of hope that serves to liberate us from fear.
You may feel as though you are free from fear, and that may be largely true – but give this book a read. It will be an encouragement to you as we are reminded to live life through the lens of faith rather than the distorted lens of fear.
Don’t be imprisoned by fear: "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free . . . So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed'" (John 8:31-32, 36).
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LibraryThing member moses917
Fearless by Max Lucado. As a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson I had the opportunity to review Lucado’s newest book titled Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear. As always he never disappoints to be to the point Max has done it again in bringing another encouraging book to speak to the heart of people burden with fear.

Lucado speaks about the array of realistic fears that are prominent in our daily lives. He explores the fear of disappointing God, of violence, of death, global calamity, not protecting your kids, not mattering and other fears we battle on a day to day basis.

I very much love the approach that Lucado takes in this book with each chapter covering a fear then illustrating it with a relevant story, then season the reality of the fear with grace, some slices of humor, and scripture to communicate that God always gives hope to the hopeless. Max is a great story teller so he makes the Truths of Scripture come to life as no one else like can. Max charmingly communicates to the reader that if they are fearing it is a perceived loss of control and that the opposite of fear is faith. That we need to dwell in Jesus as he states in his book, “the longer we live in him, the greater he becomes in us.” Lucado brings to light that Jesus was always encouraging his followers to “be not afraid” and “take courge” because he knew the dangers of fear in the walk of his followers.

One of my favorite chapters was The Shadow of a Doubt, where shares his fears and tells of C.S. Lewis’s journey from atheism to Jesus. I have enjoyed Max’s work for years. He always seems to take to another level using a deep and delightful teaching style that sets him apart from others. This is a great resource for consecrating your thoughts on Jesus to defeat fear. The substance of the material in this book makes “Fearless” a perfect candidate for small group studies with people.
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LibraryThing member KeikiHendrix
“When Christ is Great, Our Fears Are Not”

In ‘Fearless, Imagine Your Life Without Fear‘, Max Lucado examines the issue of fear, its roots and reasons and offers the only sustainable answer, confidence in Jesus Christ.

It starts with a discussion of the ‘Why We Fear‘ and describes the contrast between faith and fear; what faithful and fearful behavior looks like and the resulting affects they produce in our lives.

Max Lucado begins this focus on fear with a story of his brother’s own death, a result of his life long battle with alcohol describing the ultimate cause as fear.

The remaining chapters are addressed to specific types of fears. Fear of ‘Not Mattering‘, of ‘Running Out‘, of ‘Not Protecting My Kids‘, of ‘Overwhelming Challenges‘, of ‘Worst Case Scenarios‘, of ‘Violence‘, of ‘Coming Winter‘, of ‘Life’s Final Moments’, of ‘What’s Next‘, of ‘God Is Not Real‘, of ‘Global Calamity’, and of ‘God Getting Out of My Box‘.

The chapters are short and written in Lucado’s appealing, kind conversational manner. If you have ever read (or heard) Max Lucado, you will understand his gentle, almost soothing writing and speaking style. It is unique to Max Lucado and adds greatly to his discussion of exposing fear and exalting faith in Jesus Christ.

There are personal stories he shares (such as the story of his brother Dee), poems, and practical plans for overcoming the issue of fear. I found his P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L plan particularly useful. It is found in Chapter Four.

As a Ladies Bible Study Teacher, I’ve recently become acutely aware of the ‘fear factor’ among many of the people in my life. Before I read this book, I had come to the conclusion that fear is an opponent. Fear is an enemy and must be battled. This book also lists and describes the weapons needed to find a battle with fear.

The book includes a discussion guide which reviews each chapter using the three step attack of ‘Examining Fear’, ‘Exposing Fear’ and ‘Battling Fear’. These are great tools to use in a small group study.

I highly recommend this book for personal reading or in small group bible study.
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LibraryThing member hjvanderklis
In his latest work Max Lucado , author of tens of inspirational books, children's books, and co-editor of a couple of bible editions, elaborates thoughts on fear and answers from a biblical, christian perspective. Fear addresses and shapes our character. It turns us into control freaks, raises doubts and unleashes the tyrant witin. Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia. It dulls our miracle memory. Christ's most common command emerges from the "fear not" genre. no wonder why the Bible teaches us a lot on this topic. In 14 chapters Lucado tackles various fears like sickness, doubt, poverty, death, end-times and raising kids. Fear is no sin, but can lead to sin. Parables, touching personal stories and familiar, but still inspirational, biblical narratives are here to help. Abraham, Joseph, Christ's disciples, Jairus tell the story of a loving and forgiving, always present God that casts out fear. Let’s be numbered among those who hear a different voice, God’s. Courage does not panic; it prays. Courage believes. Courage listens to the voice of God calling through Scripture, "Fear not!" Fearless will comfort the reader, while Lucado remains human too, at times as doubtful as you and I.… (more)
LibraryThing member bookstorylori
Never has a book been so timely...it seems everyone is filled with fear these days: fear of losing their job, fear of losing their home, fear of being attacked by terrorists, fear of something happening to their children. I'm certainly not immune. I've obsessed over my bank account, the economy, the future of my job, whether I was a good parent nearly every day for the past year. My husband had three jobs last year. I cashed in my 401k to make ends meet. I took a leap and quit my job last month and started a new one. Our daughter starts middle school today. How do I sleep at night?Fearless addresses all these fears and then some. Was I completely worry free after I read this book? Of course not. Do I feel better capable of handling my fears and dealing with every day realities? Definitely. This book falls right in line with where I am in my faith journey and it reinforced what I already knew to be true: give all your troubles to God and He will provide everything that you need. Whether you are drowning in fear or just have a momentary pang of panic once in a while, this book is a must read for everyone. It may completely open your eyes to a new way of living, or it may just reassure you that you are already on the right track.… (more)
LibraryThing member Mrs.SmartyPants
"We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke; we fear the mole on the back, the new kid on the block, the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave," Lucado smartly writes. "Fear sells. Fear glues watchers to their seats, sells magazines off the racks, and puts money in the pocket of the system."

From the fear of not mattering, to the fear of not having enough, fear encompasses all problems. While fear can be an appropriate and - at times - useful tool, we too often misuse it. Anxiety and fear exacerbate the problems in our lives until they obtain titanic proportions.

The question is, though, why are we afraid? There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. "Evildoers have less chance of hurting you if you aren't already victim." Lucado, in Fearless, goes on to explain how we can imagine our life without fear, and reminds us of the one powerful tool we have to combat fear.

In addition to the thought provoking writings on different topics that make us fearful, there is a discussion guide in the back of the book to gain a better understanding of the ideas and principles in the book.

By keeping remembering these teachings when life becomes hard, I have faith that my life doesn't have to be controlled by fear.
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LibraryThing member pastorjeffmyers
I used to enjoy Max Lucado's books regularly. I still remember lessons I learned from He Still Moves Stones and In the Grip of Grace. But this is the first Lucado book I've read in quite some time. Fearless is honestly Lucado in prime form. In this book he leads the reader through a process of vanquishing all of our personal fears no matter how big or small. Fears about acceptance, disappointment, our children, challenges, catastrophes, violence, lack of faith, global warming and everything in between. Reading a Max Lucado is a little like settling into a conversation with a trusted friend. His writing voice is one that you quickly feel like you can trust. The illustrations are memorable, the lessons are profound. He has a great way of providing an "ah-ha" moment in every chapter. As a pastor, I would love to preach some of the lessons in this book. Good stuff. Definitely worth the read.… (more)
LibraryThing member skstiles612
Max Lucado's book Fearless is a definate must read. In this book he takes us down the path of fear. Coupled with his discussion guide a group or single person can learn so much. In his book he shows us how to examine fear for what it is then how to expose it so that we can battle it. He humorous stories throughout make this serious read an easy read. The message throughout reminds us that fear can cause us to forget to lean on Jesus and lead us to sin. It also causes us to try to handle things on our own. He reminds us that Jesus truly understands our fears as he became flesh and suffered these same fears. An example of his humor came in the form of comparing reading the informational pamphlet that accompanies a prescription. It tells all the good things the medicine will do and then tells all of the possible side effect. This was compared to a lawyer standing beside a pregnant woman in labor. The lawyer was there reading a contract to the unborn child explaining how wonderful it was to be born and loved and then warning them of all of the dangers such as drunk drivers, terrorists etc., should they decide to continue their journey into the world. After examining the discussion guide I decided that It probably would have been more beneficial to me had I read the questions for each chapter before I read the chapter. I then would have gone back and answered the questions. This is a book that I will definitely read again and will recommend to all of my family and friends.… (more)
LibraryThing member ldrumm16
Never has a book been so timely...it seems everyone is filled with fear these days: fear of losing their job, fear of losing their home, fear of being attacked by terrorists, fear of something happening to their children. I'm certainly not immune. I've obsessed over my bank account, the economy, the future of my job, whether I was a good parent nearly every day for the past year. My husband had three jobs last year. I cashed in my 401k to make ends meet. I took a leap and quit my job last month and started a new one. Our daughter starts middle school today. How do I sleep at night?Fearless addresses all these fears and then some. Was I completely worry free after I read this book? Of course not. Do I feel better capable of handling my fears and dealing with every day realities? Definitely. This book falls right in line with where I am in my faith journey and it reinforced what I already knew to be true: give all your troubles to God and He will provide everything that you need. Whether you are drowning in fear or just have a momentary pang of panic once in a while, this book is a must read for everyone. It may completely open your eyes to a new way of living, or it may just reassure you that you are already on the right track.… (more)
LibraryThing member bobhayton
Fearless is the latest book from best selling author, Max Lucado. In fact it officially releases today. I jumped at the chance to receive an advance review copy of this book, partly because I had never read Lucado before. I've heard good things of his writing, but had just never read one of his books. Often, popularity doesn't translate all that well into Biblical faithfulness, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Max Lucado. As I worked my way through the book, I found it not only faithful, but accessible, well-written and timely.

Lucado interweaves stories, analogies and practical Christian advice in a masterful fashion. Each chapter focuses on a specific species of fear. He examines the fear and brings the Scriptures to bear upon it. The book also includes excellent discussion questions for each chapter. They would serve well as a general outline for small group sessions. Usually discussion questions are minimal, but with Fearless, they include a time of discussing the particular fear at hand, Scripture passages to look up and some final application questions.

Max Lucado displays a well-seasoned faith and he knows how to address the spectrum of fears that face us today. His pastoral warmth shines through the book. I particularly enjoyed his thoughts on parenting and fear for the well-being of your children.

"We can take our parenting fears to Christ. In fact, if we don't, we'll take our fears out on our kids. Fear turns some parents into paranoid prison guards who monitor every minute, check the background of ever friend. They stifle growth and communicate distrust...On the other hand, fear can also create permissive parents. For fear that their child will feel too confided or fenced in, they lower all boundaries. High on hugs and low on discipline. They don't realize that appropriate discipline is an expression of love. Permissive parents. Paranoid parents. How can we avoid the extremes? We pray.Prayer is the saucer into which parental fears are poured to cool. Jesus says so little about parenting, makes no comments about spanking, breast-feeding, sibling rivalry, or schooling. Yet his actions speak volumes about prayer. Each time a parent prays, Christ responds. His big message to moms and dads? Bring your children to me. Raise them in a greenhouse of prayer." (pg. 60)

The book's conclusion addresses how to react to the fear that is so rampant in this dark time of economic upheaval and terrorism on a global scale.

"Let others breathe the polluted air of anxiety, not us. Let's be numbered among those who hear a different voice, God's. Enough of these shouts of despair, wails of doom. Why pay heed to the doomsdayer on Wall Street or the purveyor of gloom in the newspaper? We will incline our ears elsewhere: upward. We will turn to our Maker, and because we do, we will fear less." (pg. 177-178)

I confidently recommend Fearless. You will enjoy the book and be encouraged to trust God more.
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LibraryThing member mels_71
I read Max Lucado’s Fearless as part of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Bloggers program. This book seeks to answer how in the midst of 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 we can make faith, not fear, our default reaction to threats.Max Lucado deals with a variety of fears common in our society and looks at how we can replace our fear with faith in God. Each chapter includes stories and bible verses to illustrate his points and the book is written in an easy to read and understand style.I had no major disagreement with the contents of this book but there was nothing that was new either. When reading something like this I would look to be challenged in my thinking, to see things from a new angle or gain new insight on the topic but that was not the case here. This book would probably be helpful to people who are new to faith or as a reminder of what Christians should already know.… (more)
LibraryThing member longhorndaniel
Once again love Lucado; does an awesome job of looking at just about every imaginable fear that affects us today and addresses them in a simple yet profound way that is not only easy to read; easy to relate but Biblically based as well. Would recommend to anyone.
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I listened to this on CD in my car. Perhaps I would have gotten more out of it if I'd read it rather than listened to it. I have had that happen with other Max Lucado books. I can't say I got a ton of new information out of this book that I didn't have before. If the subject is new to you, you might get more mileage out of this book/CD.… (more)
LibraryThing member gpaisley
Max is good, but for some reason, this topic doesn't really resonate with me. I am sure I have fears, but I don't think of them as he does and therefore the book doesn't really hit me. There were some great points in it and it was worth reading (very quick read), but not one of my favorites.

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2009-09-08

Physical description

240 p.; 9.61 inches

ISBN

0849921392 / 9780849921391
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