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What are you afraid of? You could probably fill this page with a list of your fears. Fears about the future; fears about your health, job, and family; fears about inadequacy and failure (and maybe success); fears about how much fear itself seems to affect your decisions, plans, and growth in this life. You might even fear what God thinks about your fears. After all, in his W What are you afraid of? You could probably fill this page with a list of your fears. Fears about the future; fears about your health, job, and family; fears about inadequacy and failure (and maybe success); fears about how much fear itself seems to affect your decisions, plans, and growth in this life. You might even fear what God thinks about your fears. After all, in his Word God commands us not to be afraid hundreds of times. But how is this possible? We're troubled by evil, we're slammed with bad news, and we can't know what tomorrow will bring. How can we learn to trust God and not be afraid? Kristen Wetherell is in the fight with you. She is a fearful fellow traveler on the road of the Christian life, making strides alongside you in this battle. In Fight Your Fears she carefully searches 10 of God's great and precious promises, equipping you with the practical tools to overcome the fears and anxious thoughts that are robbing you of your joy. Each chapter ends with Scripture exercises, a memory verse, questions to ponder, and a prayer. Discover truths that will bring peace to your soul as you learn to fear God and nothing else.


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What are you afraid of? You could probably fill this page with a list of your fears. Fears about the future; fears about your health, job, and family; fears about inadequacy and failure (and maybe success); fears about how much fear itself seems to affect your decisions, plans, and growth in this life. You might even fear what God thinks about your fears. After all, in his W What are you afraid of? You could probably fill this page with a list of your fears. Fears about the future; fears about your health, job, and family; fears about inadequacy and failure (and maybe success); fears about how much fear itself seems to affect your decisions, plans, and growth in this life. You might even fear what God thinks about your fears. After all, in his Word God commands us not to be afraid hundreds of times. But how is this possible? We're troubled by evil, we're slammed with bad news, and we can't know what tomorrow will bring. How can we learn to trust God and not be afraid? Kristen Wetherell is in the fight with you. She is a fearful fellow traveler on the road of the Christian life, making strides alongside you in this battle. In Fight Your Fears she carefully searches 10 of God's great and precious promises, equipping you with the practical tools to overcome the fears and anxious thoughts that are robbing you of your joy. Each chapter ends with Scripture exercises, a memory verse, questions to ponder, and a prayer. Discover truths that will bring peace to your soul as you learn to fear God and nothing else.

30 review for Fight Your Fears: Trusting God's Character and Promises When You Are Afraid

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    4.5 stars I loved the message of this one! I almost didn't pick it up because I don't view myself as a particularly fearful person; but a couple of other reviewers mentioned that the message wasn't only for the fearful. I tried it out and found them correct. The content is mostly geared toward encouraging the reader to take their eyes off the chasms at their feet and place their eyes on the things of God--of His promises and assurances. This is a message that all of us need to hear, fear or not. 4.5 stars I loved the message of this one! I almost didn't pick it up because I don't view myself as a particularly fearful person; but a couple of other reviewers mentioned that the message wasn't only for the fearful. I tried it out and found them correct. The content is mostly geared toward encouraging the reader to take their eyes off the chasms at their feet and place their eyes on the things of God--of His promises and assurances. This is a message that all of us need to hear, fear or not. Kristen Wetherell does a great job of putting together Scriptures and quotes from recognized church leaders in order to illustrate her points. If any of you are facing fear or any sort of uncertainty, this book is an excellent encouragement to pick up. I'd also recommend it to young believers and those who need to get some basic encouragement in the faith. It's not long to read and each chapter has an applicable memory verse to remember it by. The only drawbacks were that the problem of evil seemed to be brought up to be dismissed rather summarily rather than pointing out the obvious application (that there are lots of other sinners in the world whose choices easily affect those around them; that the earth is not meant to mimic Heaven by giving us a happy or easy life; etc) and I'd have liked to see that driven home a bit better...but all the other issues raised are really well done. At the end is a list of books for further reading to understand God better, and that list skews heavily toward Calvinist heavyweights who are nowhere near as approachable to read as Wetherell's book is; so I'd suggest skipping some of the "books on theology" and instead checking out the "books about dealing with ill health" etc--the more specialized lists. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chanel

    A fantastic read! Fight Your Fears is a valuable resource that doesn't guarantee readers a quick fix into fearlessness, but directs our attention to the One who is greater than and is the Victor over our fears. This book puts our earthly fears in perspective by focusing on the unchangeable character and promises of God; it addresses 10 common fears everybody can identify and relate to, and seeks answers through biblical truth. I loved this book! It was enlightening, focused and Scripturally soun A fantastic read! Fight Your Fears is a valuable resource that doesn't guarantee readers a quick fix into fearlessness, but directs our attention to the One who is greater than and is the Victor over our fears. This book puts our earthly fears in perspective by focusing on the unchangeable character and promises of God; it addresses 10 common fears everybody can identify and relate to, and seeks answers through biblical truth. I loved this book! It was enlightening, focused and Scripturally sound. As a Christian, I already knew that God has delivered me from every fear, but this book teaches readers why "knowing, loving and fearing Jesus is our primary aim" and how that foundation empowers us to be overcomers in Christ. This book is a treasure that can be read in any season of life - and I'll be sure to read it again and again. Highly recommended! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Theodene

    For the last four years I’ve been fighting some fears of making new friends, attending parties with unfamiliar people, and driving far distances by myself. These fears have limited my ability to grow my business and prevented me from attending amazing parties to make new friends. I received an email asking for people to join the book launch team for Fight Your Fears, by Kristen Wetherell. Pondering for a few moments, I reflected how I’ve had different fears as I’ve gotten older. Making new friend For the last four years I’ve been fighting some fears of making new friends, attending parties with unfamiliar people, and driving far distances by myself. These fears have limited my ability to grow my business and prevented me from attending amazing parties to make new friends. I received an email asking for people to join the book launch team for Fight Your Fears, by Kristen Wetherell. Pondering for a few moments, I reflected how I’ve had different fears as I’ve gotten older. Making new friends and going to parties with unfamiliar people is where I once thrived! Lately, it seems I’ve gained new fears. Reading about fighting these fears seemed a great idea! Fight Your Fears is full ways to overcome fears with scripture for support. The examples provided are those of the author, her family, friends, and acquaintances. Kristen Wetherell excellently brings these ideas together beautifully! At the end of each chapter is a place to reflect with a scripture to memorize, additional reading to support the idea, and questions to answer. There is also a written prayer that readers may read quietly or aloud. It’s amazing how going through an amazing book to fight my fears can do for my life! Now I have the tools I can use to fight my own fears that I encounter! Fight Your Fears by Kristen Wetherell was provided complimentary in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 5 out of 5 tiaras! This review is originally posted for #bookslattesandtiaras.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah Rosen

    This book was Biblically sound and clearly addressed many fears that women face today. The author majored in the character of God and how a deeper knowledge of God enables us to persevere and fight against the fears that would seek to overwhelm us.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I selected this book for review because I've faced some pretty fearful things in the past thirteen months, including some uncertain situations which linger on. I can't say that I had any expectations about its contents, but I hoped it would be helpful. One thing I noticed from the opening pages is that Kristen Wetherell has written a very theological book. On the one hand, that's wonderful. I don't even necessarily disagree with the basis of any of her theology. Getting to know God and His promis I selected this book for review because I've faced some pretty fearful things in the past thirteen months, including some uncertain situations which linger on. I can't say that I had any expectations about its contents, but I hoped it would be helpful. One thing I noticed from the opening pages is that Kristen Wetherell has written a very theological book. On the one hand, that's wonderful. I don't even necessarily disagree with the basis of any of her theology. Getting to know God and His promises is absolutely key. There's a lot of Scripture here, including a suggested memory verse for every chapter. However, the book feels almost clinical in its approach. In Chapter 6 the author opens with a truly terrifying snapshot of an event from her past, but it is handled in only a few brief sentences, nearly stripped of emotion. Other personal stories have a very "if this, then that" feeling. A paragraph or two might be devoted to a specific fear, followed by "here's a Scripture for that, and now we'll move along." (Please note that's not an exact quote.) It was hard for me to envision that someone in the midst of fear's strangling grip—which is a very real and personal struggle—could be helped in the moment by the impersonal and distant ways fear was discussed and dismissed here. My favorite chapter by far was Chapter 8, which was devoted to fear of failure and how the Bible is full of great saints who failed over and over yet God still used them mightily. This was relatable. Here's a quote: "Because Jesus is so sovereign and good, He will use your failures, even suffering, to accomplish His transforming work in you, which is ultimately for the advancement of His purposes so that many more people will be pointed to Him." Overall, if you are looking for a theological book on fear, this is one I would recommend. If you are in the middle of a fearful patch where immediate worries are hampering your daily life, I would highly suggest talking through them with a trusted Christian friend, pastor, or counselor. I believe they would have more help for you in the moment. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  6. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3 In this new book author Kristen Wetherell tackles the subject of fear and she shows how we can tackle our own fears by using the 4Ps: Ponder--Preserve--Prepare--Pray. There are ten chapters that cover some of our fears, such as feeling unworthy, being judged, being alone, and the fear of dying; Wetherell shares Bible scripture, the true accounts of people from the Bible, and personal illustrations to help us to work through them. She also enco "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3 In this new book author Kristen Wetherell tackles the subject of fear and she shows how we can tackle our own fears by using the 4Ps: Ponder--Preserve--Prepare--Pray. There are ten chapters that cover some of our fears, such as feeling unworthy, being judged, being alone, and the fear of dying; Wetherell shares Bible scripture, the true accounts of people from the Bible, and personal illustrations to help us to work through them. She also encourages us to make the fear of the Lord greater than our other fears. In other words. we need to follow Him and serve Him out of love and give Him the honor and reverence that He deserves! When we do this, His perfect love will take care of our fears. Fight Your Fears is a wonderful resource filled with suggestions based on Scripture and, during this worldwide pandemic, the timing of its release couldn't have come at a better time. This is a valuable resource that will help you fight your fears in a biblical manner. As an added bonus, there are ten attractive Scripture Memory Cards that you can cut out and carry with you. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. There was no obligation to post a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Chandler

    I have struggled a long time with fear and anxiety. This book spoke exactly to that fear and spoke Gods truth to my heart. What a gifted writer Kristen is. This is a book I could read again and again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    I feel like this book would have been more aptly named "Standing on God's Promises". This book is packed with truths from God's Word and reminders of His promises to his people. I find great value in reminding myself of who God is when I am feeling anxious and afraid. I have been fighting an ongoing anxiety for the last 16 years. What I would have liked to have read in this book practical tools and techniques for the daily battle against fear for those times when recalling God's promises I feel like this book would have been more aptly named "Standing on God's Promises". This book is packed with truths from God's Word and reminders of His promises to his people. I find great value in reminding myself of who God is when I am feeling anxious and afraid. I have been fighting an ongoing anxiety for the last 16 years. What I would have liked to have read in this book practical tools and techniques for the daily battle against fear for those times when recalling God's promises isn't working and you still feel bereft and uneasy or for those times when you are too anxious to focus on God's promises. Altogether a valuable read, encouraging, steeped in truth. I would recommend to anyone who needs reminders of our gracious God who is worthy of our reverent fear, worship and praise. Fight Your Fears will be available for purchase from your local or online book retailer February 18, 2020. Thank you Bethany House and Net Galley for the free advanced reader copy of Fight Your Fears. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Stanley

    Do you know the absolute worst thing you can say to a worry wart? “Don’t worry.” As someone who is prone to fear, I can tell you from experience that there’s no magic off-switch. We can’t just will our worry away. For years, well-meaning friends and family would recite Philippians 4:6 to me. You may be familiar with this passage (especially if you’re a fellow worry wart)... “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made kno Do you know the absolute worst thing you can say to a worry wart? “Don’t worry.” As someone who is prone to fear, I can tell you from experience that there’s no magic off-switch. We can’t just will our worry away. For years, well-meaning friends and family would recite Philippians 4:6 to me. You may be familiar with this passage (especially if you’re a fellow worry wart)... “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Obeying this command felt like an impossible task until one dear sister pointed me to the lower case d at the beginning of verse 6 and told me to go back to verse 5 to see how that sentence ACTUALLY begins. “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious...” God doesn’t command us to stop being anxious in our own strength. Before he gives the command, he reminds us of his presence, power, and character. “The Lord is at hand,” he says, and only then does he instruct us to not be anxious. In “Fight for Your Fears,” Kristen Wetherell is the friend who gently shows us the lower case d. She doesn’t expect us to just stop being afraid. Instead, she helps us to replace our fears with the fear of the Lord. She focuses less on “do not fear” and more on the Lord who is at hand by reminding us of his character and his promises. He is God. He has saved us. He is sovereign. He is good. He will provide. He will protect us. He will never leave us. He has accepted us. He will judge us. He is alive. These are the topics of each chapter meant to cultivate a fear of the Lord in our hearts that will drive out the fears of the world that don’t belong there. It’s an empowering book—not because the author asks you to dig deep into your own soul to find peace, but because she helps you dig deep into the scriptures to find the true rest and peace that comes with fearing God.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    This is a book that will likely be helpful for many people, as everyone battles fear and anxiety on occasion. The book is based on ten of God's promises. The author also provides practical tools to use in conjunction with the promises to overcome your fears. Scripture verses enhance the author's words. There are exercises to do and various questions for reflection. This is a practical book for someone struggling to overcome their fears in a biblically based way. The book is designed to include a This is a book that will likely be helpful for many people, as everyone battles fear and anxiety on occasion. The book is based on ten of God's promises. The author also provides practical tools to use in conjunction with the promises to overcome your fears. Scripture verses enhance the author's words. There are exercises to do and various questions for reflection. This is a practical book for someone struggling to overcome their fears in a biblically based way. The book is designed to include a "ponder-preserve-prepare-pray" section at the end of each chapter, allowing the user to put the information into practice. There are Scripture memory cards and book recommendations listed at the end of the book, and I really enjoyed them. Two quotes that stuck out to me are: "What if I told you that your problem with fear isn't that you are too afraid but that you aren't afraid enough?" "The what-ifs are never-ending." Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MayorEmma

    earc from netgalley. this book was fine, it just was not the kind of book i was looking for in this topic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I was very impressed with this book, far more than I expected to be at any rate.  There are at least a few elements to this book, which appears to be aimed mostly at women but can easily and profitably be read by men as well, that will likely impress the fair-minded or interested reader.  For one, the author is willing to throw in quite a few personal references to her own experiences that forc [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I was very impressed with this book, far more than I expected to be at any rate.  There are at least a few elements to this book, which appears to be aimed mostly at women but can easily and profitably be read by men as well, that will likely impress the fair-minded or interested reader.  For one, the author is willing to throw in quite a few personal references to her own experiences that forced her to face fear and that led her to recognize the struggle that people have in trusting God.  I found her story of being the survivor of armed robbery to be particularly moving as that sort of experience can lead to a lot of trauma and feelings of the absence of safety and security for too many.  Likewise, the author does well by beginning this book with a reminder that we need to fear and respect God more, a very worthwhile direction to begin (bad news before good news, perhaps), but certainly not the expected direction that someone would take in writing about trust.  Altogether I found this book and its approach very impressive. This book is a bit less than 200 pages and it is divided into three sections and ten chapters.  The book begins with a foreword and an introduction that strives to be relatable with the author's frank discussion of her own fears.  After that the first part of the book discusses the problem of fear (I) by discussing both remembering who God is when one doesn't fear Him enough (1) as well as looking to salvation when one fears condemnation (2).  After that the author moves to discuss God's worthiness to be feared (II) with a look at God's sovereignty when people fear losing control (3) and God's goodness when we fear the worst (4).  The third section of the book contains six chapters that deal with God's promises to provide for us when fear fear lack (5), to protect us when we fear evil (6), to never leave us when we fear loneliness (7), to accept us when we fear failure (8), to judge us when we fear man's judgment (9), and to give us life when we fear death (10).  After that the book contains a conclusion that encourages the reader to fight fears, thank yous, and two appendices that include recommended books (i) and scripture memory cards (ii), as well as an index. By and large, though, I suspect that the book's readers will mainly be women.  The touches of this book, including the pastel color scheme and the scriptural memory cards and the pages devoted to motivational quotes from the book as well as the ending notes at the close of each chapter to learn how to trust God all appear to be focused on a female audience that is a bit high-anxiety but also highly motivated to take what they read seriously.  Again, it is important to say that this book contains a great deal of information about fighting fears that is very worthwhile and relevant for men too--certainly men have to deal with fears, even if it is seldom as obviously or openly so as women do it seems--but this book shares some common struggles that many volumes do in being written by a woman and aiming the insight of the author at women rather than thinking what could be done to make the message more appealing to both men and women.  This book is certainly anything but bad, but it is a missed opportunity in allowing the author a wider reach that would make her as familiar a name to male readers as to her likely existing base of loyal female readers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    In Fight Your Fears, Kristen Wetherell has written a book about how to fight our fears and she shared that our goal isn’t to become fearless. We must rely on God and to fear him alone. She looks at Proverbs 9:10 which discussed how the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But since the fall of our sins and the forbidden fruit we fear anything else instead of fearing God. We battle with worldly fears and what if this happens moments. Many of fear losing loved ones, being alone, getting fi In Fight Your Fears, Kristen Wetherell has written a book about how to fight our fears and she shared that our goal isn’t to become fearless. We must rely on God and to fear him alone. She looks at Proverbs 9:10 which discussed how the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But since the fall of our sins and the forbidden fruit we fear anything else instead of fearing God. We battle with worldly fears and what if this happens moments. Many of fear losing loved ones, being alone, getting fired, losing our money, houses, our health, afraid we’re not good enough, and many different things. Throughout the book, she explored ten different promises in scriptures about how to overcome and handle your fears. Some of the topics she covered was fear of failure, not being in control, fearing the worst, loneliness, man, death, and evil to name just a few. One of my favorite chapters talked about fear of failure. She looked at some of her failures she experienced in life and what she learnt from it. She made a CD of a song she wrote and burned a number of discs where the children could practice for Easter Sunday. Some of the parents ended up calling her and letting her know she had a problem with the disc. The software changed the songs titles into expletives and she was really embarrassed. She also looked about Eve, Abraham, Aaron, Peter, and Paul. She explored Eve and how one of her sons ended up killing his own brother and this caused the first murder in history. We can only imagine the horror and blame she must have felt as when she caused sin to enter the world. The good news is Christ died for our sins where we can enter his Kingdom when we accept Him as our Savior. I would recommend this excellent book to anyone who is battling fear in their lives and they need some guidance on how to overcome and deal with fear. I liked how Kristen took a little different approach and explained how we are supposed to fear God and him alone. Our goal isn’t to be fearless and to think we won’t ever experience fear ever again in our lives. This book contained ten powerful promised scriptures to encourage readers. She had the scriptures on colorful pages at the end of each chapter. She also had small notecards readers can cut out to post them around the house, carry in your wallet, place in the car, or use them however they choose to. Each chapter also had a section called, “Learning to Trust”, which had a thought to ponder, questions to think about, and also a prayer to pray. If you’re ready to overcome your fears, then read this book! “I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers/ Chosen book review bloggers program.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    So, admittedly I'm not in the "goody -- another non-fiction book to devour!" reader camp but something drew me to this book. Or should I say Someone? Ever since I chose my 'one little word' for 2020 -- Courageous -- I've been challenged on so many levels. And then my church small group chose to study Fear and Faith by Trillia Newbell and I figured God was trying to tell me something. So when I was offered a copy of Fight Your Fears I actually rolled my eyes and laughed. Seems like God isn't leav So, admittedly I'm not in the "goody -- another non-fiction book to devour!" reader camp but something drew me to this book. Or should I say Someone? Ever since I chose my 'one little word' for 2020 -- Courageous -- I've been challenged on so many levels. And then my church small group chose to study Fear and Faith by Trillia Newbell and I figured God was trying to tell me something. So when I was offered a copy of Fight Your Fears I actually rolled my eyes and laughed. Seems like God isn't leaving anything to chance this year...and we're only three months in! Things I loved about this book: Eeeep! It has purple font with blue headings! Seriously shallow observation, I know, but it thrilled my artsy side and eased my non-fictional anxiety. It's also a a beautiful book -- thoughtfully laid out with full page illustrated scriptures. Makes me want to pull them out and frame them but, wait, I don't have to do that (not that I would ever deface a book!) because the author has included mini versions as scripture memory cards.. The instructions say to cut them out so you can memorize these key scriptures. I'll admit I'm experiencing mild angst at the thought of taking scissors to page but I'm pretty sure I will! I love the amount of scripture references that address each theme -- there are ten aspects of fear -- each one has a key scripture (illustrated) but there are tons more and lots of biblical applications. I read one chapter a day but I'm going to go back over the book and take more time -- maybe focus on one subheading a day as part of my study and devotions in the morning. Love the no nonsense plain speak. In the When You Fear Not Being in Control chapter Wetherell says: "We fear what we can't control because we have tried to control it but simply can't because we are not God." (p 60) I might have to live in this chapter for a while because I'm all about being in control. :-) Love the Learning to Trust section at the end of each chapter which poses some really thought provoking questions and challenges and includes a topical prayer. I'm delighted to be able to add Fight Your Fears to my modestly growing non-fiction shelf. Definitely a book I'll refer to again and again. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Marting Communications Inc.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    Do you struggle with fears? My guess is--- if you're taking the time to read this review, chances are you do. And you're not alone, so many of us do-myself included. And so when I saw this Christian book titled Fight Your Fears, I knew I needed to check it out. The first thing that struck me about this book was right in the introduction. The author admitted that she was not coming at this from a place of having already had it all figured out, but rather as a fellow Christian fighting just the sam Do you struggle with fears? My guess is--- if you're taking the time to read this review, chances are you do. And you're not alone, so many of us do-myself included. And so when I saw this Christian book titled Fight Your Fears, I knew I needed to check it out. The first thing that struck me about this book was right in the introduction. The author admitted that she was not coming at this from a place of having already had it all figured out, but rather as a fellow Christian fighting just the same as we are. Right away, that was a positive for me. I've said many times that I much prefer books in which the author is upfront about their struggles, so I appreciate that she laid that out there right from the very start. The next thing that struck me was the beauty of the book. Of course, you can see that the cover features a bright and beautiful blue watercolor design... the inside carries on that same look. Not on every page, mind you... but the start of each chapter and the occasional verse throughout certainly added to the visual appeal. While that certainly is not required, and doesn't make a book any better or worse, being a visual person, I do admit that it helps me to want to reach for a book again. And this is one that I will certainly be doing. It takes a deep look at the fears we have and the promises God has made, providing a resource to help us learn to overcome some of those fears. When I say that this is packed full of scriptural references, I absolutely mean packed. I love all the verses throughout. Each chapter ends with a section to: ponder, preserve, prepare and pray. Ponder offers a memory verse. Preserve offers a chance to reflect. Prepare gives us something to consider for the future. And pray offers a brief prayer based upon the chapter we've just read. One of my favorite things about this book was the memory cards at the end. They can be cut out and are the perfect size to keep with us no matter where we go... perfect to grab in the moments of fear! Overall, this was a good read that I'm sure many will benefit from. If you're looking for biblical insight on overcoming fear, this is one to check out. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mechthild

    "We will continue to struggle with fear in this life" Speaker and writer Kristen Wetherell presents the topic of not only dealing with fears, but fighting them in her book: "Fight Your Fears. Trusting God's Character and Promises When You Are Afraid", published by Bethany House Publishers. The book is divided into three sections: !) The problem of fear, 2) God who is worthy to be feared, and 3) God's precious and great promises. Every chapter starts with a quote from the Bible but Wetherell but e "We will continue to struggle with fear in this life" Speaker and writer Kristen Wetherell presents the topic of not only dealing with fears, but fighting them in her book: "Fight Your Fears. Trusting God's Character and Promises When You Are Afraid", published by Bethany House Publishers. The book is divided into three sections: !) The problem of fear, 2) God who is worthy to be feared, and 3) God's precious and great promises. Every chapter starts with a quote from the Bible but Wetherell but even more, she uses the Bible to support her whole development of the topic. Examples from her own life and stories of others add to the discussion. In every chapter Wetherell answers two questions: "How is this promise fulfilled in Jesus?" and "With the help of Christ, how can I learn to trust this promise?"At the end of each chapter Wetherell wants the readers to get practical in the segment "Learning to Trust". She has adapted four concepts from the Puritan preacher John Flavel: 1) Ponder, 2) Preserve, 3) Prepare, and 4) Pray. This segment contains reflection questions, Bible references, and a prayer. Wetherell touches a topic with her book that is a reality for everybody. She admits in the introduction that she is a fearful person. Her goal is not to turn readers into fearless people. Instead she states that knowing Jesus is the primary aim for Christians. I appreciate her openness and highly recommend her book to everybody who wants to reflect about and deal with their own fears. The two appendices "Recommended Books" (to grow in fighting fear) and "Scripture Memory Cards" with key verses from the book, as well as the notes at the end of the book can be a help for research and further study on this journey. The book also makes a nice present for others who want to deal with their fears. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Apricot Services and NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #FightYourFears # ApricotServices #NetGalley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    There are many wonderful books about facing fear out there, especially for Christians. Most of the ones I’ve read share experiences, tips, and practical “how-to” information about dealing with fears. Some also look at how devastating fear can be and why it’s good to face it. Fight Your Fears is different. This unique book looks at the “big picture” of fear, then holds common kinds of fear in light of that greater perspective. Wetherell begins by addressing what it means to fear God. That’s not a t There are many wonderful books about facing fear out there, especially for Christians. Most of the ones I’ve read share experiences, tips, and practical “how-to” information about dealing with fears. Some also look at how devastating fear can be and why it’s good to face it. Fight Your Fears is different. This unique book looks at the “big picture” of fear, then holds common kinds of fear in light of that greater perspective. Wetherell begins by addressing what it means to fear God. That’s not a topic I typically find encouraging, but, oh my word, was it. From there, each chapter addresses a different type of fear according to what is true of God. Some “types of fears” include fear of man, fear of failure, and fear God won’t provide. These quotes give a taste of the encouraging conviction found in Fight Your Fears: • When we no longer fear God as we ought, the result is that we fear lesser things too much. • Doubt allows fear to grow in its unruly power, but faith chooses to overwhelm it with truth. • Fear comes when we envision tomorrow’s circumstances apart from tomorrow’s grace. • We’re so often concerned about what people think of us, when we should be concerned about what Jesus knows of us. • God knows our whole story and loves and accepts us in His Son even when man doesn’t, and that fact comforts us. • Trust in God doesn’t necessarily mean our fears vanish but that we know where to go with them. Reading Fight Your Fears revitalized and enriched my perspective of the refuge we run to in Christ and of the Spirit He has given us. I highly recommend this one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I like how Wetherell doesn't beat around the bush and promise to tell you the 'secrets' of life, only later in the book, as some do. Instead, remarkably, she tells you her main points right away. Many of us had negative experiences with our upbringing, We might have had negative Christian role models, especially the absent, abusive or highly critical father figure, which could have led us to projecting these characteristics onto God. This made me think of my own childhood, and how the consequence I like how Wetherell doesn't beat around the bush and promise to tell you the 'secrets' of life, only later in the book, as some do. Instead, remarkably, she tells you her main points right away. Many of us had negative experiences with our upbringing, We might have had negative Christian role models, especially the absent, abusive or highly critical father figure, which could have led us to projecting these characteristics onto God. This made me think of my own childhood, and how the consequences of not reciting prayers and religious rules in the exact order and word for word would mean failing Religion throughout elementary, middle and high school. For many people, older people threatened us that we would go to hell if we are not well-behaved kids. We think of God as this mystical, intimidating figure as if we don't know what He wants from us. However, God told us exactly who He is in the Bible. It's all in His word. Therefore, we should fear God in the way he tells us to and not in the way we imagine Him to be. Wetherell proceeds with telling the reader which verses to turn to when we want to fear God right and what to do when we fear not being enough. Fear not having enough. Not being in control. Failing. Loneliness. Death. All of these are natural feelings, but as Christians we have the privilege of being told the recipes for life in the Bible. "Fight Your Fears" is a great theological guide to dealing with difficult times as a Christian. However, I was personally looking for a more compassionate book with a personal voice. *Thank you to the Publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    There is not a person alive who doesn’t face fears in life. We are all afraid of something. I love how Kristen not only acknowledges what some of those fears are, but also acknowledges that they may never full go away this side of eternity. That’s why the book is called Fight Your Fears. We don’t run from them. We don’t pretend they aren’t there. We don’t expect them to disappear. We fight them. She addresses who God is in light of ten different and very common fears, and how going back to the k There is not a person alive who doesn’t face fears in life. We are all afraid of something. I love how Kristen not only acknowledges what some of those fears are, but also acknowledges that they may never full go away this side of eternity. That’s why the book is called Fight Your Fears. We don’t run from them. We don’t pretend they aren’t there. We don’t expect them to disappear. We fight them. She addresses who God is in light of ten different and very common fears, and how going back to the knowledge, understanding, and very words of God can help you combat those fears. Every page is saturated with the Gospel and how coming back to the cross daily, moment by moment will give you what you need to face each and every fear and combat it. I also love how she states and re-states that our ultimate goal isn’t even fighting our fears, but rather fighting to know and fear Jesus. In her words, “To fear God means we desire him above all else. It means we follow him eagerly, out of love. It means we serve him, and him only, with all of our strength, trusting his character and purposes and obeying his words. It means we worship him with the reverence and awe his glory deserves.” This should be the fear we are most concerned with. “We fight our fears with an even greater fear, the fear of the Lord.” If you struggle with fear: fears of the unknown, fears that you won’t measure up, anxiety about life, fears you won’t have enough, fears of failure, fears of other people, fears of death, then this book is for you. And if we’re being honest, I think that means this book is for everyone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin (CMAReads)

    Thank you to Bethany House for the free review copy. All opinions are my own. It's so easy to live in a state of fear - especially because there are so many things that someone can be fearful of. This powerful book, I feel, will be so helpful and will be much needed for many different people in their walks of faith. Wetherell walks the reader through different promises of God throughout this book. She tackles different topics in each chapters, keeps them relatable, encourages the reader with God' Thank you to Bethany House for the free review copy. All opinions are my own. It's so easy to live in a state of fear - especially because there are so many things that someone can be fearful of. This powerful book, I feel, will be so helpful and will be much needed for many different people in their walks of faith. Wetherell walks the reader through different promises of God throughout this book. She tackles different topics in each chapters, keeps them relatable, encourages the reader with God's word, and constantly shows how God is bigger than any fears we may have.  I loved how there is a main verse for each chapter that she encourages the reader to memorize. The reflection part at the end of the chapter is so good for comprehensively wrapping up everything she went over. She challenges the reader to dig deeply and explore their fears and gives helpful questions to point the reader in the direction of Jesus and how to release these fears to Him. This is a book I know that I am going to return to time and time again because it is full of good, Godly wisdom. 

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rashida

    What if... I loved this book so much, it's almost as if the author Kristen Wetherell has been eavesdropping on the conversations my circle has been having lately. While we'd like to think we're brave, or that we know how to become fearless, at some point we have to ask ourselves... then why am I still so fearful about many things. My future, my kid's futures, my health and the list could go on and on. What I quickly realized reading this book that I've (and probably you too since you're interest What if... I loved this book so much, it's almost as if the author Kristen Wetherell has been eavesdropping on the conversations my circle has been having lately. While we'd like to think we're brave, or that we know how to become fearless, at some point we have to ask ourselves... then why am I still so fearful about many things. My future, my kid's futures, my health and the list could go on and on. What I quickly realized reading this book that I've (and probably you too since you're interesting in this title) been going about this quest for fearlessness the wrong way. If you've ever read 2 Timothy 1:7 and asked yourself, "If God hasn't given me the spirit of fear, then why am I so fearful all the time and why haven't I been able to do something about it?".... This book is for you. Using sound scripture the author lays out a good argument as to the root of our fear and worries and how to go about kicking it for good. I can't wait to do a book study with my small group.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Note: I received a free copy of Fight Your Fears from the publisher in return for my honest opinion. Fight Your Fears was really not what I was expecting. I had thought it would provide me with a firm basis in fighting my fears - my anxiety - but from the introduction I was being told that I needed to be more afraid. This was not something I was really expecting to read. While I understand the idea that we need to be afraid of God (and some of the other ideas that Wetherell presented in her book Note: I received a free copy of Fight Your Fears from the publisher in return for my honest opinion. Fight Your Fears was really not what I was expecting. I had thought it would provide me with a firm basis in fighting my fears - my anxiety - but from the introduction I was being told that I needed to be more afraid. This was not something I was really expecting to read. While I understand the idea that we need to be afraid of God (and some of the other ideas that Wetherell presented in her book), I do not feel that Fight Your Fears was the right fit for me. I can see others gleaning knowledge and wisdom from the pages. It is a beautiful hardcover book with lots of quotes from Christian authors and the Bible. There are even cards to cut out at the end of the book to help you memorize Scripture. So while I did find myself re-reading some parts of the book, I do not think this was an entirely helpful book for own personal fears. I do think that there are some who will find it helpful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Oak

    Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” It is easy to be afraid of so many things, but we must always remember that we can put our trust in God. Kristen Wetherell’s book, Fight Your Fears: Trusting God’s Character and Promises When You Are Afraid talks all about fear: the problem of fear, the nature of God, and God’s wonderful promises. The book discusses so many different kind of fears – such as fear of evil, fear of failure, and fear of man. By analyzing Biblical passages a Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” It is easy to be afraid of so many things, but we must always remember that we can put our trust in God. Kristen Wetherell’s book, Fight Your Fears: Trusting God’s Character and Promises When You Are Afraid talks all about fear: the problem of fear, the nature of God, and God’s wonderful promises. The book discusses so many different kind of fears – such as fear of evil, fear of failure, and fear of man. By analyzing Biblical passages and sharing personal stories about people’s fears, Wetherall shows how we can turn to God to help us through our fears. I liked reading about how various people dealt with fear in their own lives. The book has a calming feel, and Wetherall’s insightful commentary shows us how we do not need to fear fear itself. I received this book for review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Kristen Wetherell has knocked it out of the park with Fight Your Fears. She writes in a clear, concise and thoughtful way. This book is one you will want to sit with, mark in, & re-read. It's the kind of book you let simmer deep within. The pages are packed with scripture references for practical application. It's not a surface level devotional, but rather a deep dive into the center of fear and what God has to say about it. Kristen ends each chapter with tools you can use: ponder, preserve, pre Kristen Wetherell has knocked it out of the park with Fight Your Fears. She writes in a clear, concise and thoughtful way. This book is one you will want to sit with, mark in, & re-read. It's the kind of book you let simmer deep within. The pages are packed with scripture references for practical application. It's not a surface level devotional, but rather a deep dive into the center of fear and what God has to say about it. Kristen ends each chapter with tools you can use: ponder, preserve, prepare, pray. We don't have to live in fear, because we have freedom in God's promises. If you need a resource to help you find the truth about fear- God's truth, Fight Your Fears is the guide you need. It would also be a great book to gift to someone you know who is struggling with worry, fear and anxiety.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    My endorsement: “In theory, we should have fewer fears than any generation before us. We are surrounded by security systems, advanced medicine, organic food, and endless information on glowing rectangles in our pockets. And yet, it turns out, even ‘sophisticated moderns’ are scaredy-cats. What’s wrong with us? Why are we so deeply, miserably afraid? Will we ever find relief from the worries that hum beneath the surface of our lives? Questions like these haunt us, which is why I am so grateful for My endorsement: “In theory, we should have fewer fears than any generation before us. We are surrounded by security systems, advanced medicine, organic food, and endless information on glowing rectangles in our pockets. And yet, it turns out, even ‘sophisticated moderns’ are scaredy-cats. What’s wrong with us? Why are we so deeply, miserably afraid? Will we ever find relief from the worries that hum beneath the surface of our lives? Questions like these haunt us, which is why I am so grateful for Kristen Wetherell’s timely new book. With piercing clarity and concrete counsel, she takes us by the hand and leads us over slippery terrain to the Rock of ages. I will be recommending 𝐹𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝐹𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 widely to others, and returning to it often myself.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mercy Lyman

    We may not want to admit (I'm looking at myself here) but we all struggle with fear. I mean, whether we feed that fear or not is up to us, right? I think so and in Fight Your Fears, Kristin shows us how we can fight those fears. she brings biblical truths and tools to the table that will help you (or a loved one) fight those fears. I for one, don't want to live life afraid. And I am so excited to continue reading this book to further help myself. Fight Your Fears releases this month from Bethany We may not want to admit (I'm looking at myself here) but we all struggle with fear. I mean, whether we feed that fear or not is up to us, right? I think so and in Fight Your Fears, Kristin shows us how we can fight those fears. she brings biblical truths and tools to the table that will help you (or a loved one) fight those fears. I for one, don't want to live life afraid. And I am so excited to continue reading this book to further help myself. Fight Your Fears releases this month from Bethany House and will be available from most Christian Retailers so go grab yourself a copy! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bella Sera

    We all have moments in life that throw us off our game, right? However there are some things that turn into fears - fear of not being in control, fear of not being good enough, fear of what others say about us, fear of not being a good mom or being able to keep everyone safe all the time. Sometimes these fears turn into anxiety and paralyze us. What if I take off my mask and the person I love doesn't love me? Where do you go with these questions, fears and anxieties? I promise you that you aren' We all have moments in life that throw us off our game, right? However there are some things that turn into fears - fear of not being in control, fear of not being good enough, fear of what others say about us, fear of not being a good mom or being able to keep everyone safe all the time. Sometimes these fears turn into anxiety and paralyze us. What if I take off my mask and the person I love doesn't love me? Where do you go with these questions, fears and anxieties? I promise you that you aren't alone and there is a way to deal with all these issues and more. This book helps begin the discussion regarding fears, where they originate from and how we can deal with them in a loving and a healthy way with God as our foundation.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a book everybody needs to read. Everybody has something they fear and anxiety about something going on in their life. This book teaches you to trust in God's promises with scriptures, a memory verse and a prayer at the end of each chapter. The author makes it very clear at the beginning, that this book will not take away your fears and anxiety, but with God's help each day can be better, if you turn it over to God . This is a book I will read more than once. Thank you Kristen Wetherell f This is a book everybody needs to read. Everybody has something they fear and anxiety about something going on in their life. This book teaches you to trust in God's promises with scriptures, a memory verse and a prayer at the end of each chapter. The author makes it very clear at the beginning, that this book will not take away your fears and anxiety, but with God's help each day can be better, if you turn it over to God . This is a book I will read more than once. Thank you Kristen Wetherell for writing this book and being so open and honest about your life. Thank you Bethany House via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I have really enjoyed reading this book! If you've recognized that fear has been a roadblock for you, this book is perfect for you! Even if you have fears unrecognized as such, this book will help you bring them out into the open so you can deal with them in a biblical manner! Kristen Wetherell approaches fear in a very biblical manner, even including scripture memory verses to help combat fear when it encroaches on you. She first explains the problem of fear, even pointing out some things we ma I have really enjoyed reading this book! If you've recognized that fear has been a roadblock for you, this book is perfect for you! Even if you have fears unrecognized as such, this book will help you bring them out into the open so you can deal with them in a biblical manner! Kristen Wetherell approaches fear in a very biblical manner, even including scripture memory verses to help combat fear when it encroaches on you. She first explains the problem of fear, even pointing out some things we may not have recognized as fear in our lives. Then she tells who God is in relation to our fear. Finally, she reminds us of God's promises to us and how He will take care of us.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Henley

    This book has helped me be more honest with myself and with the Lord about my fears, bring them out into the open, and deal with them biblically. Kristen's honest, relatable writing helps me feel understood in my struggles with fear. But she doesn't leave us in our struggles - she offers grace-filled, Scripture-saturated suggestions to move forward in fearing the Lord rather than, as she says, fearing "anything and everything he has made." If you are ready to deal honestly with your fears, this This book has helped me be more honest with myself and with the Lord about my fears, bring them out into the open, and deal with them biblically. Kristen's honest, relatable writing helps me feel understood in my struggles with fear. But she doesn't leave us in our struggles - she offers grace-filled, Scripture-saturated suggestions to move forward in fearing the Lord rather than, as she says, fearing "anything and everything he has made." If you are ready to deal honestly with your fears, this book will be a blessing to you!

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