Fear is so much a part of the human experience that we may think there is no escape. Our own earthly solutions fall short, but God has offered us a better remedy: a spirit of "power and love and discipline" (2 Tim. 1:7) that can overcome fear of others, irrational fear, and sinful fear. Through short lessons and discussion questions, Wayne and Joshua Mack show how we can find true courage by fearing God and trusting in him alone.
This book can be used for individual growth and development, for group study, or for homework assignments for those in counseling.
Fear is so much a part of the human experience that we may think theres no escape. Our own earthly solutions fall short, but God has offered us a better remedy: a spirit of power and love and discipline (2 Tim. 1:7 NASB) that can overcome fear of others, irrational fear, and sinful fear. Through short lessons and discussion questions, Wayne and Joshua Mack show how we can find true courage by fearing God and trusting in him alone. This book can be used for individual growth and development, for group study, or for homework assignments for those in counseling.
Wayne Mack lives in Pretoria, South Africa, where he serves as a pastor-elder with his son-in-law and teaches biblical counseling at Strengthening Ministries Training Institute to pastors and aspiring pastors in the region. He also spends about six weeks in the USA teaching at various churches. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children and numerous grandchildren.
Joshua Mack (M.A. in biblical counseling, The Master's College; M.Div., The Master's Seminary; D.Min., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor-teacher of Living Hope Church in Pretoria, South Africa, and Executive Director of 1Hope Ministries International. He and his wife Marda have five daughters as well as two boys and one girl in permanent foster care. He is the co-author of Courage and God's Solution to Life's Problems. You can read more of Joshua Mack's writings at joshnmarda.wordpress.com.
As a biblical counselor, I love Wayne and Joshua Macks Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear. I have used it over and over again with folks who struggle with fear. However, the folks I counsel are not the only ones who have benefitted from this book; as a person who can easily be overpowered by fear, I have been the first to benefit. I have been blessed as I have reminded myself repeatedly of the principles this book teaches. The Macks work stands out among a number of good resources on the subject. I would encourage you to use it first to bless your own life and then use it to bless the lives of everyone you know who might experience the emotion of fear (wouldnt that be all of us?).
Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear tops the list of books that I regularly recommend for discipleship and counseling. There are few books written that are as helpful a resource to nearly every counselee that walks through my door. Though the subject matter seems broad, it is presented in a biblically sound and comprehensive way that speaks into the lives of hurting people, teaching them to live in the fear of the Lord.
Tragically, fear grips many, many Christians in their daily walk. I say tragically because, while this reality of ongoing fear should not be such a debilitating part of any believers life, it nevertheless continues to plague countless beleaguered souls. But what to do about it? The answer, of course, is to avail yourself of large doses of Gods inerrant Word, out of which, crippling fearwhatever kind of fear it may becan be victoriously overcome. And this is simply but marvelously what Wayne Macks book, Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear attempts to do: Taking Holy Scripture and applying it to the fearful persons woes. If you are one of those professing Christians whose most significant struggle is fear, youve now found in this book a treasure trove of biblical teaching which can wonderfully liberate you from your fear factor.
Dr. Mack and his son, Josh, have been dear friends and mentors to me for over twenty years now. They practice what they preach! They have both personally helped me fight my fears biblically, and they will do the same for you through this super book. Dive in!
The fear of manthat is, of other peoplecan prevent us from living our lives as God intends for us. How then can we combat this universal tendency that seems to control our lives? Dr. Wayne Mack and his son Joshua teach us that the fear of God, rightly lived out in our lives, drives out the fear of man. We all know, however, that is not as simple as it sounds. The fear of man is very complex, having many facets. . . . So Dr. Mack and Joshua do not leave us with a single sentence prescription. They plumb the depths of the fear of man and, at the same time, open wide to our minds the true biblical meaning of the fear of God. To use a modern idiom, they covered all the bases [with] a comprehensive treatment on human fearboth of other people and of circumstancesand have shown us how a true biblical fear of God addresses both problems. To drive home the truth, they have included very searching, personal application questions at the end of each chapter.
Every one of us knows what it is like to be gripped by fear and doubt. Wayne and Josh Mack have served Christs church well with their new book on how to develop biblical courage. You can always be sure of two things whenever the Macks write a book; it will be filled with helpful truth from Scripture and be extremely relevant to the challenges we are facing today. This book will be a helpful resource to study personally and to give to others in need.
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