Mini Review: Breaking the Fear Cycle by Maria Furlough

"Once we gaze upon our fears with honest indignation, we can see that, yes, God is bigger than even the worst thing we can imagine." (47)

Title:  Breaking the Fear Cycle
Author: Maria Furlough
Publisher: Revell
Release Date:  March 6, 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction / Christian Living
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Overcome fear for good

The Bible calls us to "fear not" on many occasions. But just how do we accomplish that when every news item seems designed to get us wringing our hands? Using her own story as a catalyst, Maria Furlough discusses how to overcome fear for good. With practicality and passion, she shows us the steps we can take to bring those fears to God rather than act on them and to trust God with the future.

When we give God full control over our lives, choosing his sovereignty over our own ability, we can break the cycle of fear, grow through suffering, and trust God to fulfill his promises of protection and peace. If you are filled with anxiety about your personal circumstances, the state of the world today, or even your fear-clogged social media feeds, you'll welcome this hands-on journey from fear to freedom.


MY THOUGHTS


Be honest. The idea of fear kind of brings a bit of fear in itself. Don't you think? Or rather, worry. It brings a bit of anxiety that we don't want or need, yet that's the thing with worry and fear - sometimes you can't help it. Maybe you can, and that's what author Maria Furlough shared in Breaking the Fear Cycle. 

With personal stories and thoughts, the author provided readers a step by step understanding and breakdown of how to find that peace we so sought. I love the chapter on pain, because it not is honest, but it gives us something to hold on to.  There's a story behind each, and it's working in our hearts, our minds and maybe just so we can find that peace in the future.


"Pain is actually doing something. It is not arbitrary, worthless, or endless. It’s doing a work in us that cannot be done any other way." (69)

Either way, I think the author did a great job in connecting readers with herself, as well as guiding us towards the One who can provide the comfort and the peace in our hearts. With a message of trusting God, encouragement to seek and find peace through Him first, and in acts of kindness for others, and with honesty to self, Breaking the Fear Cycle is a devotional as well as a help guide. Great questions ends each section, and that's where the honesty comes in for each reader. Nothing to fear if you put your heart to it.


"Selflessness is a catalyst to peace, a nonstop trip, and it is a train worth boarding." (117)


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