Monday, December 13, 2010

Book Review: Fearless - Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado

Fearless is easily one of my favorite Lucado books. While most of Lucado books deal with one chapter in the Bible, Fearless discusses some of Jesus' statements about fear.

Lucado did a good job in identifying the most basic, if not the most paralyzing, fears any person could have. Keeping true to his writing style, he creates vivid images of the events in the Bible wherein the early Christians demonstrated fear and how Jesus dealt with the specific fear. Then goes personal and talks about similar fears in his own life.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is living in fear, who faces fear on a regular basis or who wants to know what Jesus said about fears and didn't know where to look. People who deal with fearful people would also benefit from this book.

About the author:
Lucado was born in 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, and raised in Andrews, Texas, the youngest of four children. His father was an Exxon oil field mechanic who, Lucado remembers, always smelled of grease cleaner. "It makes it easy for me to see a God who is loving and kind--because my dad was," he says. His mother was a nurse who grew up working in the cotton fields.

Lucado went through a period of rebellion against his parents' values and their God during his teens and into college. But it wasn't long before he found himself drawn back to his roots, back to God. He married, spent time serving as a missionary in Brazil, and returned to the States, where he began working as a church minister and writing on the side.

From all accounts, Max Lucado is not a man consumed by sales, awards, and achievements. He often turns down media interviews since they impede on family and ministry commitments. He spends the bulk of his week serving as senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. And he is truly surprised by his own success--more impressed by his one-in-a-million wife and three amazing daughters than by his successful writing career.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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