Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Dr. David Jeremiah
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
“Think about it – fear is almost always based on the future. Sometimes we’re afraid because we know what’s coming in the future. But more commonly, we’re afraid of what we don’t know about the future. We’re afraid of what might happen,” Dr. David Jeremiah writes in his book, What Are You Afraid Of? – Facing Down Your Fears With Faith.
At two hundred and twenty-eight pages, this paperback book is targeted toward young and old adults who are dealing or have dealt with fear and want to overcome its strong grip on their lives. With a Christian emphasis, mainly the New King James Version of the Bible is used with four other versions included.
With most fears in teenagers being terrorist attacks, spiders, death/being killed, not succeeding in life/failing, war, heights, crime/violence, being alone, the future, and nuclear war, Jeremiah stresses fear is usually future-based and that we should focus on God instead of our fears.
Within ten chapters, the writer breaks fear into ten “D” sections: disaster, disease, debt, defeat, disconnection, disapproval, danger, depression, death and Deity. Addressing each individually, the reader who has a fear of natural calamity, illness, financial loss, failure, being alone, rejection, trouble, mentality, dying or God can focus on that specific type for guidance.
Using ample Biblical applications of Old and New Testament, Psalms is mentioned often along with characters such as Job, Moses, Joshua, King David, Hezekiah, Paul, Peter, and, of course, Jesus. Also included are thoughts on fear from writers and preachers such as Alcorn, Eareckson-Tada, Lewis, Spurgeon, Thoreau, and Wesley to name a few. Past and present events that produce fear are used as examples and how God uses them as He wills.
As Jeremiah walks the reader through each fear trigger-point, he promotes God’s promises, purpose, and protection that He gives endlessly and mercifully to us. If it is disobedience, depression, or death, God is our refuge and is to be the One greatly feared, not the things of this world.
As we all face some type of fear, be it great or small, this book is a helpful tool to use in conjunction with the Word of God to focus on Christ when fearful. As it states in Psalms, fear will be abandoned when we “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” as we face our earthly challenges.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in lieu of an unbiased review.