Why I picked up this book:
This book is a new release and was graciously provided to me by the author, Trillia Newbell.
Who Should Read Fear and Faith:
This is a good book for those wrestling in their quiet spaces. It encourages us to confront our fears head on with the truth of the gospel and in the trust of safe Christian community.
What’s in Store for You:
Trillia shares from her own story and personal struggles with faith. She acknowledges the temptations we all have to fear humankind, and invites the reader to truly learn what it means to fear the Lord. When we put too much value into pleasing people or caring about what others think, we sometimes miss opportunities to hear from Lord and yield to his desire and will for our lives. Ultimately, God is the one we want to please.
Our personal fears often lead to worry and anxiety about our present and the time to come. The author writes, “Our fear of tragedy can be rooted in a fear of suffering and not having control.” In our times of uncertainty, we can choose to remember “the wisdom and character of God.” One threat to the peace and contentment that God offers, is the reality that we live in a fast-paced society. We are all quite busy. When our lives are consumed with rush and worry, we cannot experience the joy of the Lord. He is the one who gives us strength when our lives are uncertain and we don’t know which way to go.
Trillia encourages the reader to trust the wisdom and sovereignty of God, for God is good—God is love and he alone knows what is best for his people. The reality of living in a fallen world is knowing that there will be times when our fears become realities: a child gets lost, a husband’s leaves, or a parent dies. Yet, the truth of God’s character and his power remains unfailing. Living as people of faith beckons us to consider: “How do I reconcile [God’s] sovereignty with the trials of my life?” My hope is this book will help you to at least begin the journey of exploring that tension.
My personal take-aways?
Trillia has written this book which challenges women in the various areas of our lives where fear creeps in. She confronts everything from our relationships with men, our relationships with other women, our relationships with our bodies and sexuality, our relationships with our children and work. At the end of the day, our fear and anxiety reminds us that we don’t measure up and we are not enough. This is where Christ enters in with the hope and message of the gospel. The truth is, God is very present to help us in our times of weakness. He cares about the things that concerns us, and he has all power to fill our empty spaces and close the gaps.
Fear is not of God. Isaiah writes of the Lord:
So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV (This is the promise of God to the people of Israel, and we are now his chosen people.)
Paul writes to Timothy:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
We can live our lives fearless. This is the hope and promise of God for the people of God.
“Much of my fear of the future is really a fear of potential tragedy.” @trillianewbell #FearandFaith
“Trusting God doesn’t call for foolishness or reckless abandonment.” @trillianewbell #FearandFaith
“The problem with guilt is that it condemns us and leaves us weary and without hope.” @trillianewbell #FearandFaith
“Knowing God and His Word allows us to face our fears with faith.” @trillianewbell #FearandFaith
“You don’t need to feel guilty for needing rest. You just have to do it—rest. You don’t need to feel guilty when saying no. You need to know that this is not failure.” – Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith
“Perhaps one way to fight our pride and embrace our weakness so that we can lean on Christ is to evaluate the ground we’ve been standing on.” – Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith
“Our bodies are made for worship, and if the Lord has us live long enough, we may be left with bodies that are unable to do anything but worship. Each ache and pain and droopy muscle that was once firm is another reminder that we have a Savior who is perfect in beauty, and He is coming to get us, to return us to our prefall state, and to raise us to a condition more glorious than we can imagine.” – Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith
Next Up on This Topic:
Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward by Dr. Henry Cloud
I have this book to give-away next week. All that is required is the courage to answer the question: What do you fear?
I will pray over these responses this week, and randomly select a commenter to receive this book.
© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2015