Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado

June 24, 2010

Although I don’t consider myself chronically plagued by fear or anxiety, this year has been hard in ways that I never imagined, and I find myself experiencing a lack of the confidence I usually have in life. Despite this realization, I still wasn’t sure that Max Lucado’s newest book, Fearless, would apply to me, but when I burst into tears on page twenty-three, I knew I had some deep issues with fear.

I don’t think it’s just me; I think everyone is afraid of something, especially during these precarious days. This book deconstructs some common fears one by one, such as fear of not mattering, of disappointing God, of worst-case scenarios, of what’s next, of not protecting your kids, and that God is not real, for a few examples. He then goes on to show how that fear is misguided and unnecessary, and gives advice and encouragement in how to overcome it.

I had never read a book by Max Lucado before this one, and I can say that it was certainly inspiring and uplifting. It caused me to look at myself in a different way, and raised questions that might not have otherwise come to the surface, at least not without difficulty. The reason why I’m saying that I liked this book and I didn’t love it is that it struck me as somewhat brief. The chapters are short and easy to read, and because of that some depth is lacking. I think a workbook or study guide would be a helpful addition.

Overall I definitely recommend it, if for no other reason than to help you take a fresh look at yourself and your fears.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Comments on Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado

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    From Emily Jane:

    This book was recommended to me by so many people to help with dealing with anxiety – I’m always looking for anything on the topic of losing fear, so I’m going to HAVE to pick this one up! I’ve read a couple of his books – Travelling Light is really good, it’s all about letting go of the baggage we carry around with us. Very uplifting :)

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    From Allison Blass:

    I’ve never read anything by Max Lucado but this sounds nice. I’ve always like the inspirational greeting cards that his company makes. I’ll add it to my to-read list. I could use some short and sweet books, actually. I tend to read a lot of heavy clunkers, and they take awhile to get through.

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    From Stephany:

    This is a book I’ve been dying to read because I deal with so much fear on a daily basis. I’m going to HAVE to pick up this book and give it a long read. Thanks!

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    From Nicole:

    Love, love, love anything written by Max Lucado!! :)

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    From Lauren:

    Hi there!

    I’ve been reading your blog since you did a guest post on Girl with the Red Hair. I’m a Christian too, from Alberta, Canada. I’m 29 and have been married for almost 4 years and we’ve been trying for nearly a year for a baby. (Hence my extra interest in your blog.) Here you have to wait a year to go to a fertility clinic, so we’ve been trying different things in the meantime…acupuncture, charting, etc. Anyway, just wanted to say that I’ll stick you on my prayer list about it. (Some days are easier than others, hey?)

    Take care!

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    From Lauren From Texas:

    I really need this book. Stat.

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    From Hannah Katy:

    Max Lucado has a gift, that is for certain. I really like his book Cure for the Common Life. Great read.


    Hannah Katy

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