“Fearless” Typical Lucado

8 09 2009

Fear (and fear-mongering) is a huge business in our world. Governments, media outlets, and – yes – even a good percentage of churches peddle fear of all kinds. Into this fray steps Max Lucado with his new book, “Fearless,” with the subtitle promising a chance to “Imagine your life without fear.” Sounds like a pretty good idea.

Lucado uses specific verse references and his story-telling exposition of Biblical narrative to offer reasons we shouldn’t fear anything from the practical issues of our day such as catastrophe, violence, failing to protect our kids, and economic devastation to the philosophical fears of life that doesn’t matter, life that disappoints God, or life that ends with nothing after. His writing is always accessible, pleasant, honest, insightful, and inspirational. That is why he is such a popular author. He has a familiar kind of style, answering your questions – not with statements – but with stories and illustrations that bring you to answers alongside him. He is not preachy, and he is Biblically sound.

I must admit I’ve never been a huge Lucado-guy. It just feels in the end to be a little too sugary and trite. Like a Snickers bar for lunch, it meets the immediate need but doesn’t really have long-lasting effects. I know he did not set out to develop a theological treatise; he wants to be pastoral and inspirational. Still, if the goal of this book is to eradicate fear from your life completely, I think the answers here are little too close to the surface. There’s not much new here, not much life-altering; it’s just re-packaged in better stories.

If you’re a Lucado fan, this will be exactly what you expect, want, and love about him. If you’re not, this book probably won’t change your mind. It’s more of the same from the author. I don’t think these insights will or can accomplish something so elusive as a “life without fear;” however, if you can use these truths as stuff to help you in these battles we all face, you will have used this book well.

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