Tuesday, September 08, 2009
"Fearless" by Max Lucado
"Fearless" by Max Lucado.
I settled to read "Fearless" with keen interest.
Fear can lead to reliance on drink, drugs or rage to numb the fear. Left unchecked, fear can dominate our lives instead of faith. Just about everything that can cause us to be fearful is mentioned: violence, illness, death, fear of not protecting our children, of disappointing God, and even financial worries and global economic collapse.
The book is engagingly well-written, humorous in many places, but the very brevity of the chapters gives the book a feel of being a collection of vignettes.
There are some good ideas - I especially like the reminder of clearly identifying a need and taking it straight to God, like the Virgin Mary did at the wedding in Cana. Sometimes we forget the simple but effective approaches of dealing with our fear !
The worry diary is another excellent idea, with the reminder that we need to differentiate between needless and legitimate worry. The first achieves nothing except anxiety and stress, and the latter is what we should concentrate on and pray about.
The book contains many Bible quotes, though the Bible versions used are often unusual to British eyes, and it works well as a " pick up and read a bit" quick devotional book, but it has no strong meat.
I was disappointed, to be honest.
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From a particularly Orthodox viewpoint, I don't think this book will have much appeal to Orthodox readers, and equally limited appeal to most Anglican/Episcopalian/RC readers of my acquaintance.
Chapter 7 caused me major disquiet, dealing with Max's ideas about Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. I did not like the Bible translations used, especially the Amplified Bible and the Message. The idea that Jesus was the recipient of God’s wrath is at variance with Eastern Orthodox doctrine, IMO :
“God would unleash his sin-hating wrath on the sin-covered Son. And Jesus was afraid”
Chapter 7 really did spoil the book for me, though there was a nice quote from St John Chrysostom at the end of the Chapter:-)
If any of you read this book, I would love to know your opinion - is it just me being overly critical?
Edited to add:
Welcome, Pam ! To answer your question, the term "heathen-jelly" made by a commenter is a reference to "evangelical" .......