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Quick Summary of Freedom from Fear by Pauline Creeden. Fear is a cage. It closes us in and keeps us from living in the freedom that we should be. Some people get so overcome by fear that they cannot even leave their house. Phobias have become almost fashionable. We label our fears and hug them tight to us as if they are things we need to keep our security. We coddle them and keep them happy so that they don’t destroy us, and the last thing we want to do is provoke them. That powerlessness is what keeps us from accomplishing great things in our lives, whether personally or for God’s kingdom. In Freedom from Fear, we explore the keys to our freedom through faith and obedience to God's word. With this book, you'll learn to put your trust in God's character and turn to him when you're feeling out of control.
Faith and Scripture breathe hope into our Daily Reality. Whether I am reading a romance novel or a fantasy book from Pauline Creeden--she keeps her stories rooted in reality. I am a realist--and a faith-based, realist--and this is the characteristic I love most about her writing style. This book is a Devotional. It is the first of her faith based books I have read. While she offers so many quotes and passages from Scripture; she tosses in real world thoughts and dilemmas along the way. Fear is a life-altering struggle. This book reminds us that the Bible teaches us a lot about facing our fears--and accepting our Faith....but, the author keeps a focus on applying Faith to our modern realities and "real-world" struggles.
Freedom from Fear is a little different from our "usual" daily devotional. I would guess that 80% of the "devotionals" I have read over the past three years have been geared toward day-to-day prayers and devotional guidance. Pauline does this a little differently--and I like it. While she doesn't spread her book over days and months with page by page noted guidance--she offers a list of Bible readings at the end of nearly every section to further the thoughts presented in each section of the devotional. If I read each of those passages (and studied them)....spreading them over days and then circled back to re-read them as the need arose in my life...this book would cover months of Bible study--and fear evaluation.
Would I recommend Freedom from Fear? I have read a lot of the Scripture...and I have read many, many devotionals from many authors. However; I am probably still one of those readers reciting "some" of a given verse...and not the verse in its entirety. I am not a Bible authoritarian--and I cannot say if something is misquoted (without research) nor can I even offer a strong opinion on whether something is misinterpreted from strict, Christian views. I think each of us has some ability to interpret the Bible's translations for ourselves. (Probably why I am not a traditional Conservative) And I think we should. If we choose to follow God. I think that is what I liked most about this devotional. Pauline gave us her thoughts on the various realms of our fears--and dealing with fears--from her Christian perspective--but, she advised us to study Scripture for supporting evidence for ourselves as well.
Luckily, this book provides all of her Biblical sources and her thoughts upon each. If you feel that fear is limiting your life--AND you believe that your faith may connect you to an answer--this book will certainly lift you. If you are fearful....but, faithless...I don't think that this book would convert you to believe in Creeden's faith. While this book is loaded with Scripture--I don't feel that Pauline "beats" readers over the head with it. Her conversational tone reminds readers that she is interpreting her meaningful Bible passages from her own perspective--and encouraging readers to face fear based on her thoughts--while considering other passages, and their own life experiences, as well. I enjoyed Pauline's perspectives and her Biblical insights into our battle against daily fear as we seek out our goals.
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