Monday, September 7, 2009

Book Description: Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn't it be great to walk out?
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.
Can you imagine your life without fear?

My Thoughts: Unfortunately I think Max Lucado missed it this time. I have no idea why he would tackle a subject like fear for Christians and come from the POV that ALL Christians have fear. Especially when we're taught That perfect love Casts out all fear. I John 4:18

In chapter 2 - Fear Of Not Mattering - In this chapter he makes the comment on page 21 that we wear our college rings on our fingers because we covet some stilts, meaning being noticed. He takes it a step further on page 22 saying that having children gives meaning to ourselves. I was really shocked that he would use these examples. For me, I wear my high school ring because it is very dear to me and holds a lot of memories; and with my children that wasn't even a thought in my head.

There was one chapter that I did identify with and that was Chapter 5 My Child Is In Danger. I could relate to it as a parent from jr. high on. I say that because when their little they need you for everything. Once they become teens your not needed unless it's a crisis, and then we can't protect them from their heart getting hurt, making the wrong decision, it's all up to them. We have to trust what we've done.

Overall, this was not a homerun for me. I found it to be very depressing rather than encouraging and uplifting; which is a real shock coming from Max Lucado. I say read with caution. I don't have fear in my life and yet I'm going through a huge life changing situation. I would like to add this. I would recommend this book not for a seasoned Christian or one that has grown up in the church surrounded by encouragement and has had the chance to have the growing pains that all Christians go through. I would however give this book to a new Christian or that one who is new in their faith and going through something like a divorce, bankrupcy, death of a child or the like. I believe they would benefit from it greatly.

This Week Featured on CFBA is THE BLUE ENCHANTRESS

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Blue Enchantress

Barbour Books (August 1, 2009)




M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul--a longing for something more.

After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart.

Still searching for purpose, adventure and true love, she spent her late twenties and early thirties doing all the things the world told her would make her happy, and after years, her children suffered, her second marriage suffered, and she was still miserable.

One day, she picked up her old Bible, dusted it off, and began to read. Somewhere in the middle, God opened her hardened heart to see that He was real, that He still loved her, and that He had a purpose for her life, if she'd only give her heart to Him completely.

She had written stories her whole life, but never had the confidence to try and get any of them published. But as God began to change her heart, He also showed her that writing had been His wonderful plan for her all along!

Her other current release in the Charles Towne Belles series includes The Red Siren.


Betrayed by the man she longed to marry, Hope Westcott is about to be auctioned off as a slave to the highest bidder on an island in the Caribbean . After enduring a difficult childhood in an unloving home, Hope?s search for love and self-worth have led her down a very dangerous path. All she ever wanted was to find true love and open an orphanage where she could raise children with all the love she never experienced as a child.? But how can a woman with a sordid past ever hope to run an orphanage, let alone attract the love of an honorable man?

Determined to overcome the shame of his mother?s past, Nathaniel Mason worked for many years to build his own fleet of merchant ships in an effort to finally acquire the respect of Charles Towne society. Ignoring the call of God on his life to become a preacher, he forges ahead with his plans for success at a distant port in the Caribbean , when he sees a young lady he knows from Charles Towne being sold as a slave. In an effort to save Hope, he is forced to sell one of his two ships, only to discover that her predicament was caused by her own bad behavior. Angry and determined to rid himself of her as soon as possible, Nathaniel embarks on a journey that will change the course of his life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Blue Enchantress, go HERE

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My thoughts: Pirates, romance, adventure, oh my! This is the second book in M.L. Tyndall's Pirates series and if you love adventure and romance on the high seas this is for you. It's a great fun read. I highly recommend it!
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