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No Fear (Christian Young Adult Book Review)

“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.” – Oswald Chambers

 

Recently, my kids and I traveled to our state capitol to join thousands of others who gathered to pray for our country.  I am very focused, as a parent, on equipping my children to impact their world positively, in ways that call them to courage and integrity.  As Franklin Graham spoke, he encouraged Americans to pray, as Nehemiah prayed, with humility and passion.  I stood a few feet back from my children, and I watched them join hands with people of different races, age, and walks of life.  I was moved by the gift they were given in connecting for a cause that is bigger than they are.  I was also struck with just how dark much of our culture has become, and how increasingly difficult it will be for my children to live faithfully according to their God-given convictions, if our nation continues on the road it’s on.  Recently, I read a book called No Fear, what I would call largely a Christian young adult book, which encouraged me as a mom, and challenged me to pray more purposefully for my kids and their generation, but also gave me great hope at the courage of their peers already, taking a stand for the good of our country.

 

No Fear is a collection of “real stories of a courageous new generation standing for truth.”

 

A collection of real-life stories about American kids who stood up to opposition of their faith and of a cause they knew to be morally mandated, this book also ties stories to biblical biographies and principles.  Even more, it includes discussion/journaling questions which would be great for reading this book as a small group.  It is thought-provoking, it is encouraging, and it dares the reader to be bold and humble at the same time.

 

In a time where kids are at risk of not just peer pressure, but full-on attack from adults they should be able to trust to protect their integrity and freedom, it’s a powerful reminder that they can, like others before them in distant and recent history, take a firm stand.  I highly recommend this book for young adult readers, for families with older children, and for small groups.  It opens the door for powerful discussion with kids about what matters, and how they have a role in God’s plan for the world.  As cultural norms become more muddy, those discussions become more vital.  The next generation needs to know, with solid understanding, what they believe.  They need to be equipped intentionally with tools to lead.  They need to be taught to have respectful, intelligent conversation, but also emboldened to have unequaled courage… to speak the truth in love, even at personal cost.

 

No Fear presents for kids and young adults a series of portraits of modern-day heroes, and helps them to see the bigger picture of the story of God’s people being salt and light in this world throughout history… daring them to become central characters in the beautiful story He is writing with their lives.

 

Do you have youth and young adults who need encouragement in their faith walk?  Do you have a story of someone who has been brave, speaking the truth in love?  I’d love to hear.

 

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I was given a copy of No Fear in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.  I highly recommend this book, and would only share my honest thoughts for readers.

 

 

just 18 summers {summer reading book review}

 

the last few weeks and months, several of my closest friends have walked the last days of preparing a child for graduation.  from the world’s eyes, it’s the jumping-out-of-the-nest phase, and indeed, it has felt that way for each of them.  last school activities, last family date nights, last rides to school, possible last days of being the first one asked for advice: these are all thoughts heavy on the hearts of my mama-friends.

 

mid-journey with them, i received from Tyndale House the book just 18 summers to read.  (click for affiliate link to purchase.)  just 18 summers follows the lives of intersecting characters, some of whom experience a seemingly endless collection of mishaps as they raise their children.  others seem to have it all together, but as the curtain is pulled back, we see similar struggles in each, much like i know happens in our own lives.

 

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not long ago, a dearest friend carefully broached with me (mid-girly-shopping-trip; perfect timing!) a hurt that had been building in her heart.  in following a passion of my children’s, i had unknowingly wounded her with my seeming judgment of her own choice of how to support her children, whom i also dearly love.  as she talked, i realized my seeming judgment was not just seeming; i had seen her actions through the lens of my own journey, and i had missed vital convictions she had followed.  her humility in sharing had a softness that opened my ears to hear truth about my own children, and as i read through just 18 summers, i saw the same thing happening in the now-familiar characters.  as each walked his or her own story, in sharing with one another, brokenness and honesty brought healing.

 

if you’re looking for a good read this summer, just 18 summers will fit the bill.  the timing is no accident – you may find yourself dared to do more with your days, to make every summer minute count.

 

i’m intent on making the minutes count this summer, and i plan to stuff some of those minutes with good reads.  do you have a good one for me?  leave a comment below!

 

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