Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors. I have always thought it rather silly that some people think his writing shallow and not very theological only because his writing is quite beautiful and well loved by many people.
This book reminds me again of his ability to combine easy-to-read prose with an enormous amount of scripture to back up his thesis. In Fearless he takes us from the Gospels to the Epistles, from stories about his own challenges with fear to others he has helped as a pastor and author.
I love this paragraph on Page 5... (can you see that he immediately grasps my imagination):
"Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison an slams the doors."
Yes, there is a reason I love to read Lucado.
He reminds us that fear is the default emotion, that we must choose faith.
Here are some of the chapters: Fear of Disappointing God; Fear of Not Protecting My Kids; Fear of Worst-Case Scenarios; Fear of Violence; Fear of Coming Winter; Fear of What's Next; Fear That God Is Not Real; Fear of Global Calamity... and many more.
This is an excellent book for a time such as this as our world appears to be falling apart before our eyes. Not only would you enjoy it but it would make an excellent gift to give one whom you know is dealing with fear.
The theology is good... the reading is easy. Can it get any better than that?