by Max Lucado
Random House, Inc / 2009 / Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Ok, as many of you know, I'm not so thrilled with non-fiction. I typically struggle to get through a chapter, let alone an entire book!
I became part of the team getting the word out about Max Lucado's newest release Fearless. I was happy to join, but a bit apprehensive in the duty to read the book. I didn't want to promote a book I hadn't read, even though I trusted the author.
I decided last week it was time to dive in. There's so much to say, I'm not sure where to start and where to stop. I love my books staying in pristine condition. I know because of the elements they tend to weather over time. Other than that, you won't find any dog-eared pages or writing in my books. As for Fearless, there's a lot of underlining! I couldn't help it.
I felt as I was going through each chapter if I didn't underline what struck me as profound or applicable, I might not remember where to go back to. Our book club is already doing this book next month, and the book only released in September! How awesome is that?
Let's talk about the chapters and parts I found impactful. Here are some of the chapters that are covered in Fearless:
Fear of Not Mattering (which of us isn't concerned about whether or not we matter?)
Fear of Disappointing God (daily for me!)
Fear of Running Out (or as I renamed it for myself "Fear of Not Enough")
Fear of Not Protecting My Kids (this is a bigee)
Fear of Overwhelming Challenges
Fear of Worst-Case Scenarios
Fear of Violence
Fear of the Coming Winter
Fear of Life's Final Moments (probably the fear I deal with the most)
Fear of What's Next (occasionally when doubts seep in)
Fear That God Is Not Real (even Christians deal with this)
Fear of Global Calamity
Fear of God Getting Out of My Box
Now, let me share a few of the profound excerpts I underlined in my book:
* "Fear is the bully in the high school hallway: brash, loud, and unproductive. For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good."
* "...getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ."
* "Might bravery begin when the problem of sin is solved?"
* "Sin leads to hiding...We avoid contact with God."
* "Anxiety makes tyrants out of us."
* "Wise are the parents who regularly give their children back to God."
Those are just a few of the tidbits I gleanded from the book. You may notice that I missed chapter 2. Well, as with many other chapters, it wasn't just a line or two underlined. It was more like paragraphs.
If you check out the top of my blog, you will notice that I'm going to be putting quotes up of Max's book from time to time. I wish I could keep a copy of the book in several different places: my van, by my computer, and in my bedroom. I'd also like to keep copies to give to random people.
Speaking of randomly handing these books out. If you check out Max Lucado on Facebook or Twitter, you will notice that he leaves status updates of places he's recently left his book for some blessed person to find. He leaves them in airport phone booths or at hotels, and just about anywhere else you could think of.
You can also go to http://fearless.gfnhq.com/ to learn more about getting the word spread on this book. There you can listen to audio chapters and learn how you can earn points for some prizes he's giving away. I'm not sure on the status of joining the team, but you can find out when you join.
If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can type Fearless into the Christianbook.com box in the right sidebar search box. They will take you to the most recently priced book at CBD. As of today, September 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm the book was $13.49!! That's for a hardcover book! How awesome is that? The price in this post is NOT guaranteed.
Check out Max below reading from his book Fearless. To hear more, you can find him on YouTube. Max Lucado and the team are looking for pictures of you being Fearless! Head to
http://thefearlesstimes.com/ to learn more about ways to enter your pictures or to ask Max a question about Fear.
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED: DO NOT ENTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS JUST IN!!! I was given the ok to giveaway Max's book!! I'm so excited. Anyone who reads this book will come away viewing fear differently!! So, how do you enter? Here are a few ways to earn entries:
- What are you afraid of? Tell me one of your fears (1 entry)
- Become a fan on Facebook of Living Fearlessly and come back to let me know (5 entries)
- Become a follower of Max on Twitter and come back to let me know(5 entries)
- Have others do ALL 3 above and they let me know you recommended them (10 entries)