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Fearless: by Max Lucado

Once again, Max does not disappoint with his new book, Fearless.  He is able to take many current-day situations that cause many of us fear, and break them down in a way that only Max could.  There were so many “I can relate to thatmoments“, which is what I absolutely adore about his writing.

I thought I would try something a little different with this review, so I picked out some of my favorite “nuggets” placed throughout the pages….

  • Prayer is the practice of sitting calmly in God’s lap and placing our hands on his steering wheel.  He handles the speed and hard curves and ensures safe arrival.  And we offer our requests; we ask God to “take this cup away.” This cup of disease, betrayal, financial collapse, joblessness, conflict, or senility. Prayer is this simple.
  • Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
  • Everything will work out in the end.  If it’s not working out, it’s not the end.
  • Fear loves a good stampede.  Fear’s payday is blind panic, unfounded disquiet, and sleepless nights.  Fear’s been making a good living lately.
  • Acknowledge threats but refuse to be defined by them.

And, probably my favorite part is when he writes about us putting Christ in a box. I loved how he looked back, and examined this trend from the very time he walked on this earth.

His Palestinian contemporaries tried, mind you.  They designed an assortment of boxes.  But he never fit one.  They called him a revolutionary; then he paid his taxes.  They labeled him a country carpenter, but he confounded scholars.  They came to see his miracles, but he refused to cater.  He defied easy definitions.  He was a Jew who attracted Gentiles.  A rabbi who gave up on synagogues.  A holy man who hung out with streetwalkers and turncoats.  In a male-dominated society, he recruited females.  In an anti-Roman culture, he opted not to denounce Rome.  He talked like a king yet lived like a pilgrim.  People tried to designate him.  They couldn’t.  We still try.

Read this book!  You’ll be glad you did…


The Shack

I recently finished reading the book, The Shack, by William P. Young.  A friend of mine had met William and wrote about it, and then, coincidentally, my mom read it and sent the book to me.  

Let me start out by saying, WOW!  I don’t even know where to begin in describing how this book impacted me.  I think I cried through much of it, and highlighted the rest.  Living in a world that is anything but simple, it made me re-visit my idealistic views about Christianity and took me back to the “roots.”

Without going into too much details and ruining the plot of the story, I will mention a few nuggets I gleamed from the book (even though I got lots of them)

1.” As well-intended as it might be, religious machineries can chew up people, and spit them out.”

2. “Instead of trying to begin revolutions that will overthrow anything, why don’t we try the quiet daily powers of dying and serving and loving and laughing, of simple tenderness and unseen kindness, because if anything matters, then everything matters.

3.  “What God wants from us is to trust Him with what we can, and grow in loving people around us with the same love He shares with us.  It’s not our job to change them, or convince them…just to love them.”

4. “God’s purposes are always and only an expression of love.”

5. “God is not a noun, He is a verb.  He is alive, active, moving, and doing.”  Why do we put Him in a box as a noun then?

Ok, so I could go on and on, but I will stop with those 5 things.  I am reminded by this book that we must go back to the basics.  We must love and serve others…simply put!  All the rules, systems, institutions etc. are put in place to tell us how to do it, but through our human perspective.  Its a way for us to justify our actions by “playing God.”  Life is about relationships, not “religion.”

I will end by encouraging you to read this book.  It will totally change the way you look at God, or maybe just encourage you to continue looking at Him in that way.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

For more information on the book or author check out:

www.theshackbook.com


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