Sunday, October 18, 2015

Unafraid by Gracie Malone

A 365-day devotional that will encourage and help readers overcome the fear that consumes, disturbs, and paralyzes them.

To live without fear is one of the most challenging goals you can make in your life. Fear lurks in the deep recesses of the human heart and surprises even the most mature Christian.

There are over 400 instances in the Bible of God telling His children to not be afraid. If repetition of a matter has anything to do with importance, God decided this was a big one. But rather than being a command or admonition, the tone spoken in turn by God, angels, and disciples is compelling and encouraging, like a parent comforting a fearful child.

In UNAFRAID, Gracie Malone brings light, a touch of humor, stories, quotes, prayers, and encouragement to everyone who is fighting to trust in the only One who can take their fear away.

My review:   This is a 365 day devotional, so I have not read every devotional in it, but I have read several and looked through others. This devotional is hardcover and is a nice size for taking it on the go. Each one starts out with a Bible verse, and many also end with a Bible verse. One of the verses is often about fear, but not always. The same thing with the devotional for the day: the general message of the whole book is on trusting God instead of fearing, but not every devotional is specifically about fear, yet goes with the theme.

  The devotionals are very well written, and have a message of hope sometimes infused with humor. I have read a lot of devotionals over the years, and try to read at least one new one per year, but this is the only one I have ever run across that specifically addresses the issue of fear and of trusting God instead of giving into fear. I think  the author had a great idea, and she did an excellent job of transferring that idea into a devotional that will help and encourage many people.

About the author:

Gracie Malone is a Precept Bible study leader. She is the author or coauthor of several books and contributes to magazines like Discipleship Journal and Christian Parenting Today. She is a frequent speaker for women's conferences and retreats. She lives with her family in Grapevine, Texas.

Unafraid is available from Faith Words, part of the Hachette Book Group.

Thanks to Faith Words for the review copy.