Sep 8, 2009

Fearless, Max Lucado

I just finished reading Max Lucado's new book, Fearless. It was awesome! Have I mentioned I hate flying? Planes = death trap. When I do fly, I'm ridiculous. Serious.

So anyway, I read Fearless hoping that it would help.

While I'm not "cured," I can certainly say that there are a lot folded pages and underlines!

Just to give you an idea of the book, here are some notes, things I underlined, scripture, etc... from the book.

-"It's not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It's whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ."

-"Fear corrodes our confidence in God's goodness."
-"And it turns us into control freaks."
-"Fear, at its center, is a perceived loss of control."

(Err, does he know me?!)

-"The one statement he made more than any other was this: don't be afraid."
(this one really hit home for me...)

-A few scripture notes w/ regard for fear: Mt 9:2, Mt 6:25, Mt 10:1, Mt 14:27, Mt 10:28, Lk 12:32, John 14:1,3, John 14:27, Lk 24:38, Mt 17:7, Mt 8:26

-"Seek first the kingdom of safety, and you'll jump at every crack of the twig. But seek first his kingdom, and you will find it."

-"We cannot go where God is not. Look over your shoulder; that's God following you. Look into the storm; that's Christ coming toward you."

-"Feed your fears, and your faith will starve. Feed your faith and your fears will."

Each chapter takes readers through a different topic from "silly" fears, financial fears, economical fears, etc... Not all chapters were applicable to me but Max Lucado had so many great stories and scripture that it was easy to get something from each section. I plan to go back and read this book again using the Discussion Guide in the back. It appears that it could be for individual or group purposes. I could have finished this book in a couple of sittings but instead chose to read each chapter at a time so I could reflect on what was presented. Parts were deep. My book is thoroughly marked up!!!


Nikki said...

Hi Ginger! I got yoru email and just responded. I thought I had responded to the other one, so either I accidently forgot or it went into your junk mail, which is why I figured I would leave a comment, just in case!

Nellie Dee said...

Thanks for sharing that. I especially like the one: It's not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It's whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ. And He always tells us not to be afraid. But, I also like the question: Am I seeking the Kingdom of Safety? I'd have to confess that I am.

Britt :) said...

Just stopped over to check out your blog, and this book is definitely on my to-read list :)

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question."
You don't change the world by trying to change the world; you change the world by changing yourself.
-Gerry Straub