Live Fearless - A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

This is a special book that can help go over your fear. It talks a lot about Jesus and God, but you can replace it with "a power beyond your control".
It reminds me of the "surrender experience" book, it says instead of wanting to control your life with your limited mental, you can take a step of faith, and enter a world you couldn't imagine, a much more intelligence is at work if you don't limit yourself with your ego.
This is a very short book by the way, so I think I might benefit from it, with the right perspective in mind, without judging that it's a "biblical/religious" book.
I just want my shyness not to prevent me from public speaking and interacting with people in general. I didn't go over my fears, it can be the right time to do it now.


FOREWORD

She’s not giving you a step-by-step guide to becoming Sadie Robertson. In these pages, Sadie’s giving you something more.
Sadie will lead you to your Maker and into intimacy with Him. If you follow her lead, you’ll end up treasuring His Word and awakening to a revelation of His purposes for your life.

INTRODUCTION

After years of wrestling with being afraid of various things for various reasons, I can now say that I live a fearless life.
I’m talking about a major transformation—a transformation that means fear, anxiety, worry, and dread will never again keep you from following your heart or doing what you want to do.

For some people, meeting a challenge is its own reward.

"Prayer doesn’t change things; prayer changes us."


1- IT’S NOT THAT THINGS AREN’T SCARY…

Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives.

-- JUDY BLUME

I was the most fearful person I knew.
about fear, a disease she could never get rid of. For a long time, I felt the same way.
fear was always with me.
The thought of being free from fear was as far-fetched to me as being free from an eye or an ear. It was that much a part of who I was.

OVERCOMING FEAR MEANS SURRENDERING CONTROL

navigating situations we have no control over is a necessary step toward breaking free from fear. God; He’s the one in control, not you or me.
it’s one thing to be aware of your circumstances. It’s another thing to let them consume and control you— and that’s what fear does. We can be just as fearful of ordinary, everyday situations.
public speaking. That’s been true for me.
I was the person in elementary school who started sweating and breathing fast if the teacher called on me to read aloud in class. I had to learn to face my fears every time I stepped on a stage or in front of a camera.
I used to allow nervousness to keep me from wanting to speak. Now I can hardly wait to get in front of the audience, and I just say, “Go away, fear. I’m not listening to you. I’ve got a job to do!

it’s also vital to trust God while you’re still afraid. You see, often your peace is waiting for you on the other side of trust. I’ve had a lot of experiences where God met me once I stared down my fear, pushed through it, and did what I needed to do.

When we’re afraid, we have a tendency to pray and ask God for peace before we’ll step out and do what frightens us. But most of the time, we simply need to move forward.
If you will be brave and march straight into that fearful situation, having faith that God will bring you through it, that’s probably where you’ll find the peace you’re looking for.

HERE’S A QUESTION: How many thoughts of fear consume your mind? On a scale of one to ten, with ten being off-the-charts high, how fearful would you say you are?
HERE’S A CHALLENGE: I challenge you to name your fears because the first step to moving beyond fear is to know specifically what you are afraid of. So go ahead— make a list of your fears on paper or in your phone.
HERE’S SOME ENCOURAGEMENT: Once you get to the other side of fear, once you’ve had that breakthrough you need, you’ll look back on the things you were once afraid of and ask yourself, “Why was I so scared of that?” Yep, you’ll have the ability to laugh at your fears. That’s the kind of freedom I believe you can find in this book.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PRAY: Lord, help me identify what I’m afraid of, and show me how You are bigger and greater than that. Give me security and safety through the truth of your Word.