An Honest Review of Max Lucado’s Fearless
What are you afraid of? Disappointing God? The future? Shallow books that leave you wanting more information? (If that last on is a significant fear in your life, don’t bother reading this book.) Most chapters follow a similar pattern. Lucado spends most of the chapter outlining a fear through a personal story, usually with some sort of name dropping. At some point, there will be a scripture or a paraphrase of the scripture to try and show God in that particular fear. The ends of the chapters do not really have any calls to action. They tend to end with a conclusion to the personal story and a mention that you should trust God in that fear.
As I’m sure you gathered, I was a not a huge fan of this book. As a type A personality, I thrive off of the practical. I often felt that Lucado’s answer to my fears were to get over it. Simple right? Trust God. Pray it all away. To his credit, the discussion questions at the end did show an attempt at depth. This book is likely much better for groups than for individuals. On a positive note, this book was quite easy to read. In my opinion, it flowed really well. You don’t need a large vocabulary or a fancy religion degree to understand this book. The chapters where quite short and it was easy to read a few of them at a time.
Who Should Read this Book?
If you are really new to Christianity or someone who has never really put much thought into the relationship between faith and fear, this may be helpful to get you to start thinking about the topic. I would recommend reading this in a group because this book is not overly helpful when read by yourself. This book is probably best read in a small church group or even a high school youth group.
All things considered, I give Fearless a 3/5. I would like to think there are good intentions behind this book, but the execution left me wanting so much more. The anecdotes rubbed me the wrong way and I felt like I was being talked at rather than talked to. That being said, it could be a good jumping off point to study the topic in more depth.
Have you read this book or other works by Max Lucado? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from you!
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