The title of this blog post is the sub-title for a great new book by Max Lucado, FEARLESS.
The truth is I have never read a Max Lucado book that didn't speak to some area of my life. That's certainly true of this one. If you are ever fearful in life, if the first thing you do is imagine the worst case scenario, if you watch the news on TV or read it in the paper and worry that the world is coming apart at the seams, or even if your fears are of smaller varieties, you need to read this book.
I'm a novelist, and one of the things that is natural for a novelist is to imagine "what if?" It's a great tool when you want to write fiction that pulls a reader into the story and won't let go. But it isn't a great way to live one's personal life. Always wondering "what if?" will drive you crazy in a hurry. I know. Been there, done that. And we can certainly fall into fear about the future these days. Just look around at all that's happening!
But I want to imagine my life without fear. As the author says, "If we trust God more, we can fear less. What a comforting promise." Thanks, Max, for writing this book.
If the above doesn't convince you that you want to read FEARLESS, Imagine Your Life Without Fear, here's the blurb from the publisher:
Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They're talking 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. The plague of our day, terrorism,
begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a
hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized
and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn't it be
great to walk out?
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not
fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear
magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread,
insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day,
where you could trust more and fear less.
Can you imagine your life without fear?
One more tidbit, this one a funny story from my past. Chapters in this book cover things like fear of disappointing God, fear of not protecting my kids, fear of overwhelming challenges, etc. The title on the chapter about fear of worst-case scenarios is called There's a Dragon in My Closet.
I am guilty of this more often than I like to think. But it was the title that brought back a memory from my childhood. When I was a kid, our bathroom had a great big closet in it. Not just one that would hold towels and other linens, but it had room for a vacuum and a broom and cleaning products. It even had room for a person or … a gorilla. You had to go right past the closet before you could close the bathroom door. I used to go into the bathroom, close the door, and then begin thinking there was a gorilla in the closet. I was terrified to stay in the bathroom and terrified to leave because I had to get right next to the closet in order to open the door and escape. Frozen in fear is a good term.
While I don't worry about gorillas in closets anymore, my mind can quickly take me to crazy places. That's not how I want to live.