Max Lucado is such a prolific author that we might understand if he had just wanted to “phone-in” his latest book by writing on a simple subject. Instead, Lucado tackles a tough issue that is common to all of us – fear. It might be fear of not mattering, fear of violence, or fear of facing overwhelming challenges but we’ve all been there – we’re all there – at one time or another. Lucado writes in his classic story-telling manner addressing the reality of fear with both clarity and understanding. Woven through the narrative you will find the generous application of God’s Word to each of fourteen different fears. This combination contributes to a powerful book that will challenge the way you view both life and death. It will help settle your anxiety over the future and even your doubts of God’s existence. Fearless opens by declaring that Jesus’ most frequent command is some form of “do not fear.”
On p. 13 Lucado writes, “Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts. It will always knock on the door. Just don’t invite it in for dinner, and for heaven’s sake don’t offer it a bed for the night. Let’s embolden our hearts with a select number of Jesus’ “do not fear” statements. The promise of Christ and the contention of this book are simple: we can fear less tomorrow than we do today.”
In chapter 10 Lucado makes a strong case for a healthy (read: biblical) view of death and challenges us to face death not with fear, but with courage. It is a chapter worth reading more than once.
I have read many of Lucado’s books and would consider Fearless to be among his very best. I am especially pleased with the discussion guide included in the book. While some of Lucado’s previous books fell short when being used for small groups, I look forward to using Fearless as a small group study. Fearless should be on everyone’s reading list.