What Do You Fear?
What do you fear? Death, illness, poverty, natural disasters, the dark? So many people are waking-up every morning in fear of what that day will bring. People just like you and I, who go to work or to school and put on the façade of confidence and happiness, but inside they fear the worst. Now imagine your life, totally unaffected by angst, untouched by terror or trepidation; can you imagine your life without fear?
Fearless by Max Lucado
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Chapter one asks the question "Why Are We Afraid?" Lucado begins with a story about his brother and the courageous "symbol" he left in the final moments of his life. You may be in the prime of your life, "but you may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith."
The next chapter covers the "Fear of Not Mattering – The Villagers of Stiltsville." The chapter begins with a whimsical yet poignant poem about the Villagers of Stiltsville. Then digs deep to find the answer to the question of "Do we matter?" If you are struggling with this issue, you will be extremely happy to know the answer. The chapter ends with the conclusion of the Villagers of Stiltsville, and like you, they were glad to get their answer.
Chapter three outlines the "Fear of Disappointing God- God's Ticked Off at Me." Have you ever felt like you did something so bad, so despicable and reprehensible that God was mad at you? Perhaps you did something in your past that still hunts you to this very day and you wonder "Will God, Can God, ever forgive me?" Fret not, because as the author writes "Jesus loves us too much to leave us in doubt about his grace. His 'perfect love expels all fear.'"
In chapter four we read about the "Fear of Running Out – Woe, Be Gone." What do you fear of running out of; Money, time, patience, or something else? This chapter outlines eight steps to a "P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L" conclusion.
Chapter five is the "Fear of Not Protecting My Kids – My Child Is in Danger." Every parent I have ever spoken with has expressed this same fear, what if I couldn't protect my child and he/she were in danger? This is the reality of parenting, you can do your utmost best to protect your children, but you can't protect them forever and you can never fully protect them from life; you may find yourself in an ER at midnight, a drug rehabilitation clinic on visitors day, or worse in a morgue. This chapter outlines true security.
In chapter six we read about the "Fear of Overwhelming Challenges – I’m Sinking Fast." In life, things change. Sometimes the changes are good and other times they are bad. There is one thing, however, that never changes and it’s the one thing that will change your life forever.
Chapter seven discusses the "Fear of the Worst-Case Scenarios – There's A Dragon in My Closet." Is the glass always half empty for you? If you continually fear the worst-case scenarios in every situation you need to know that there is hope! You can choose another way, but you need to know how and why.
Chapter eight is the "Fear of Violence – This Brutal Planet."Just watch the evening news and within the first five minutes you will probably hear a story of a violent murder, kidnapping, robbery, or other violent act. Violence, it's everywhere and unfortunately, the situation is not getting any better. This chapter outlines the contrast between good and evil and discusses those times when evil is at your door and how people have overcome the fear of evil to live victorious lives in spite of their situations.
Chapter nine outlines the "Fear of the Coming Winter – Make-Believe Money." This is a scenario played out all over the world. People are losing their jobs and their homes, what will they do? Perhaps you haven’t lost your job, but you may be anxious about financial issues, it seems as though more and more people are these days.
In chapter ten we read about the "Fear of Life's Final Moments – Scared to Death." When you think about death, what comes to mind? Perhaps you don't think about it, perhaps death is the furthest thing from your mind. One day however, you will have to think about it because death is the one statistic with a probability rate of 100%.
Chapter eleven covers the "Fear of What's Next – Caffeinated Life." Would you be happy if you could order your life they way you order your coffee? What if you could say to the one in charge "I'll order a long, happy life and throw in health for good measure"? We’d probably all take that special, but we can’t. Life throws "obstacles" like illness, marital problems and the like in our paths, but we don't have to fear, we can maneuver the courses!
Chapter twelve outlines the "Fear That God Is Not Real – The Shadow of a Doubt." Has that ever been a thought in your mind, the thought and fear that perhaps God is not real? People many times ask "Where is God?" when tragedy strikes. Read the inspiring story of C.S. Lewis and how he found the answer to his question about whether God was real.
Chapter thirteen discusses the "Fear of Global Calamity – What If Things Get Worse?" Wars, natural disasters, the threat of nuclear disasters; these are all a reality of life. What ominous realities have the most power to frighten you?
In chapter fourteen we read about the "Fear of God Getting Out of My Box – The One Healthy Terror." Yes, there is "one healthy terror." Find out what it is and why it is the most important and only fear you should have.
Chapter fifteen is the final chapter, "William’s Psalm – Conclusion." A Psalm is defined as a sacred song or poem. William was a seven-year-old boy whose mother heard him speak psalm-like words as he watched his home go up in flames. This young boy's words will give you comfort, Fearless will hopefully help you to trust.
This book also provides a discussion guide with questions, quotes and comments that can be used by groups or individuals desiring to gain a better grasp of the ideas and principles contained within the book.
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