You would have liked my brother. Everyone did. Dee made friends the way bakers make bread: daily, easily, warmly. Handshake-big and eager; laughter-contagious and volcanic. He permitted no stranger to remain one for long. I, the shy younger brother, relied on him to make introductions for us both. When a family moved onto the street or a newcomer walked onto the playground, Dee was the ambassador.
But in his midteen years, he made an acquaintance he should have avoided-a bootlegger who would sell beer to underage drinkers. Alcohol made a play for us both, but although it entwined me, it enchained him. Over the next four decades my brother drank away health, relationships, jobs, money, and all but the last two years of his life.
Who can say why resolve sometimes wins and sometimes loses, but at the age of fifty-four my brother discovered an aquifer of willpower, drilled deep, and enjoyed a season of sobriety. He emptied his bottles, stabilized his marriage, reached out to his children, and exchanged the liquor store for the local AA. But the hard living had taken its toll. Three decades of three-packs-a-day smoking had turned his big heart into ground meat.
On a January night during the week I began writing this book, he told Donna, his wife, that he couldn't breathe well. He already had a doctor's appointment for a related concern, so he decided to try to sleep. Little success. He awoke at 4:00 a.m. with chest pains severe enough to warrant a call to the emergency room. The rescue team loaded Dee onto the gurney and told Donna to meet them at the hospital. My brother waved weakly and smiled bravely and told Donna not to worry, but by the time she and one of Dee's sons reached the hospital, he was gone.
The attending physician told them the news and invited them to step into the room where Dee's body lay. Holding each other, they walked through the doors and saw his final message. His hand was resting on the top of his thigh with the two center fingers folded in and the thumb extended, the universal sign-language symbol for "I love you."
I've tried to envision the final moments of my brother's earthly life: racing down a Texas highway in an ambulance through the inky night, paramedics buzzing around him, his heart weakening within him. Struggling for each breath, at some point he realized only a few remained. But rather than panic, he quarried some courage.
Perhaps you could use some. An ambulance isn't the only ride that demands valor. You may not be down to your final heartbeat, but you may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith. Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear....
-From the book, Fearless by Max Lucado
Envision a time when you could trust more and fear less. New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado helps you make that a reality, teaching you to respond to the threats of our unsettled world with faith—not fear.
Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for more fear to intrude itself into our lives—layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, downturns in the housing market and upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a long-term 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 untouched by anxiety, with faith as your consistent reaction to threats? The good news is, you can walk out of your prison of fear. Max Lucado points the way.
As you read chapters like “Fear of Overwhelming Challenges,” “Fear of Not Protecting My Kids” and “Fear of Global Calamity,” it will seem as if you’ve passed a magnet over your heart, extracting every last shaving of dread and insecurity. You’ll come to know, beyond all doubt, that a loving Father is always by your side.
Hardcover Book : 240 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc. ( September 08, 2009 )
Item #: 12-734431
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.57inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I read books by author Max Lucado because his words inspire me; this book has helped me at a difficult time. I have lost my job and this book reminds me that God is always there for us; Mr. Lucado reminds us to look to God when times are hard and when times are good. I will pass this book on to my friends when I am finished reading it.
Reviewer: Janet H
This is a great book to read and Max Lucado did it again and explain how to live fearless. I do have many of his books and like each one. God bless, James Ochiltree
Reviewer: James O
This is an excellent book! It offers encouragement and has been an encouragement to myself and everyone that I have given it to as a gift! Even adults love this book! It is a beautifully written and illustrated!
This book is definiately a tool for encouragement and self-esteem, and the reality is we are all Beautiful and should appreciate who we are! Psalm 139 states." WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE".
Reviewer: Gina P