Fear is something that is very real in our lives. Whether these fears are large or small, one thing is certain, fears can paralyze us and prevent us from living a life full of joy. In Fear and Faith, Trillia J. Newbell writes about some of the fears that arise in our lives. Her approach is personal and she includes her own stories as well as the stories of other women.
Each chapter covers a different fear that people might have. Newbell shares her own experiences with each of the fears. It is important that Newbell acknowledges these fears and validates them. Often, we might be told that are fears are unfounded. Perhaps the voicing of our fears are met with the comment, ‘Don’t be afraid.’ Yet these comments might make us feel invalidated. Newbell validates her reader’s feelings, and through sharing her own struggle, she sits beside us and says, “I have felt this way too.’ We are comforted that there are others who are faithful, but still struggle with the feelings of peace we believe we are supposed to have as Christians. Instead fear is holding us prisoner.
She explains her own reasons for fear and shares biblical passages that relate to each of the fears. These scriptures are a reminder that God is in control and knows what is best, far beyond our limited human understanding. She points towards God as the answer to our fears. I believe she is helpful in assisting the reader to examine the reasons behind their own fears. Her final few chapters focus on the approach to take in overcoming these fears. They are easily summed up in the command to ‘trust the Lord.’
The book is simple and a quick read. She rarely gets too repetitive and the use of narrative helps engage the reader and assures them that they are not alone. There are others out there with the same fears and struggles who have made it through. The biggest reminder is to continue to towards are face towards God amidst the fear, to hope and believe in the goodness and mercy of God in our lives.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through the Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program.