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In a time when Christians seem to be more known for what they're against, rather than what they're for, Andy Braner suggests that perhaps it's time to trade condemnation for compassion. Story-driven and biblically-based, No Fear in Love challenges us to love others the way God loves us--unconditionally, brokenness and all--and to trust that God is truly in control.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801017289
ISBN-13: 9780801017285

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In an age when we are as connected as we are contentious, an astounding number of opportunities exist that might compel us into an attitude of Us versus Them. In fact, Christians are getting the reputation of being "against" just about everything. But is this the best way to bear witness to the love of God before an unbelieving world? Or does it simply serve to push others further and further away from the life-giving power of Jesus?

Story-driven and biblically based, No Fear in Love encourages readers to trade condemnation for compassion. Author Andy Braner challenges us to love others the way God loves us--unconditionally, brokenness and all--and to trust that God is truly in control.

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Andy Braner is the founder of Ahava Ministries, a nonprofit youth ministry that teaches teens and college students to think about the world through a Jesus paradigm. A popular blogger, he speaks to over 100,000 students, parents, and teachers every year at church, conferences, and personal tours. He has appeared on CBN, FoxNews, and various other media outlets, and lives in Colorado.

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  1. Love others the way God loves us
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read!
    December 8, 2016
    Love others the way God loves us
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the best book (other than the Bible) to read. I love the places Andy Braner takes you in this book and makes you think about (not question) your faith, are we loving one another the way, God loves us?
  2. Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Bringing Love into our points of fear.
    August 5, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Half-way through this book, Any Braner quotes his friend Bob. Bob's thoughts were an affirmation of everything that Andy was learning, and they could be a reorientation for the evangelical church.

    Bob said "Andy, the key to growing in your own spiritual formation is to encounter Jesus in the fear and pain your life has served. We all have specific moments in our lives that change our trajectory, and most of us just try to hide it and move on. But what happens is that point of fear becomes the place we make every life decision."

    We all fear things. The question is, what will we do with that fear?

    Specific to the topic of this book, what do we do with the fear of the Other and the Unknown that we encounter as Christians journeying in the Wide World?

    How do we translate all the evangelism training and the carefully taught apologetics into our daily life with the unconverted- whom we meet down the street and across the world?

    Now, Andy Braner admits that this book has a target audience. He's aiming for the American Evangelical, who knows how to move within the church culture and how to talk to their fellow Christians, but who isn't sure what to do with the Rest of the World.

    How do we move into true understanding of other people, without turning into some kind of Universalist?

    How do we give others what matters so much to us (the Gospel) unless we have common ground to stand on?

    "No Fear in Love" is a short, story-driven, powerful read that takes us back to one point, again and again. God calls us to love, He gives us His love, and love casts out fear.

    Whether you're dealing with a hot-button political issue, or talking to a person who practices a very different religion, there is a way to handle it with grace for everyone's good and God's glory. That's what Andy says.

    "These issues aren't impossible. They do take a bit more thought and action than we usually see. They take time. They take a heart of caring for another human being, a heart that is at the core of our faith tradition." ~Andy Braner

    I thank Baker books for providing me with a review copy.
  3. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lonely on the Pinnacle of Truth
    June 15, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    People have a tendency to view the population of the world on a continuum. Everyone whose ideas and opinions are to the left of mine is, by definition, a liberal, and is to be most conscientiously converted to my way of thinking. Everyone whose ideas and opinions place them to the right of me on this imaginary bandwidth is, by definition, a raging fundamentalist, and is most assiduously to be avoided lest s/he try to convert me. As members of the evangelical tribe, Andy Braner maintains that we stand on the pinnacle of truth, and our beliefs certainly line up with the plain teaching of the Bible, but in No Fear in Love, he makes a strong case for the fact that most of us stand there, on our pinnacle, alone.

    Fear makes us hold on to what we know and what we know works. Fear doesnt allow for us to engage in new environments with people who think differently than we do.

    As part of his ministry to teens and college students, Andy has traveled all over the world with a message of deliverance from the fear that leads to polarization, misunderstanding and more fear.

    Part One of No Fear in Love dissects fear in all its forms. Sky-diving and a near miss with a forest fire are on Andys list of fear-factor experiences, but, in his work, he continually encounters the truth of John 10:10:

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

    We focus on the thief, instead of on the full life. Instead of sharing our lives with people, we hide and refuse to engage people who are seeking the fullness we claim to know.

    Andys words will startle you and make you wonder; they will cause you to read slowly and analyze; and they will push you to ask yourself the reasons for what you believe about morality and reconciliation. His examination of Jesus experience in the Garden of Gethsemane is worth an annual re-read before Good Friday because of all that is says about fear and suffering.

    Part Two applies the principle of loving others the way God loves us in the complicated realm of personal evangelism with people whose world view is absolutely unscriptural. Will we view these individuals made in the image of God as another notch on our belt to be earned? What happens in the mind and heart of a follower of Jesus Christ if s/he befriends a Muslim or a Mormon? Is it possible to show respect for their culture without seeming to embrace it?

    Part Three moves right into the living room where Christians disagree with one another. When we differ on issues around the sanctity of human life and the definition of marriage, is it necessary that we move to our separate plots on the continuum and never enter into dialogue? Andy Braner helps his readers to see that our fear of engaging in the conversation blinds us to our real calling, which is mainly to be servant leaders. . . We need not fear the discussion.

    Given the nature of eggs and omelets, the fear of making a mess robs us of opportunities to communicate openly with people whose world is vastly different from our own. Ive always felt a little sheepish about listening to predominantly left-leaning NPR, but No Fear in Love has affirmed what Ive always thought, but never felt free to share widely. It is important for me to hear about books I may never read, to learn about ideas that are foreign to my way of thinking, and to listen to the words of people who believe things that I know to be false. Why sit on the pinnacle alone? With a little understanding and a lot of mutual respect, theres no reason for fear.

    This book was provided by BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    In a Perfect World
    May 24, 2015
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    It seems a bit too much to ask those to love everyone no matter their situation or manner but it should be the only way. The message of No Fear In Love by Andy Braner is simple "to love others the way God love us"and it will benefit all those involved. It is so simple yet so hard to accomplish in today's society with all of the distractions and technological isolation. Having compassion for others is one of the easiest ways to follow in His way. Many people need compassion more than they need the air to breathe but they cannot be compassionate. I believe it is seen as a weakness and not as a form of love for others. Braner's encouragement is what this world needs and this book should be read by everyone, not to be missed. I received a copy for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
  5. GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    No Fear in Love
    May 7, 2015
    GiniB
    Dallas, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What do love and fear have in common that they end up together in a book title? Yes, you know the verse from 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. But what about ridding yourselves of the fear that keeps love from acting and being complete? Thats pretty much what this book is about.

    Braner looks at overcoming that fear through examples from his own life. He never professes to be perfect though and tells his readers how that worked out for him. And could also work for you and me.

    Divided into three sections Braners book the basic fear package that most of us haul around, then drills down more looking into world views that are different, and finally cultural factors that can cause fear. The first section covers some real basic fears like failure, vulnerability, and self-worth; what they do and what if they werent allowed to do that. Worldviews that collide most often are centered on religious views since they help make sense of whats going on. Coming against the differences produces friction and wars in some cases. He spent quite a few pages describing his fears and how respect for the other person helped defuse the effects of fear. Finally, in pretty much the same vein Braner looks at culture which is the social action that derives from world views. That section looked at the hot issues confronting most of us today like abortion, homosexuality, and immigration. Again, respect without compromise is invaluable. Respect is my catch word for what love of the other looks like in action.

    I do recommend this book. Its an easy read, harder to implement, and I find it a sad commentary on the current state of affairs within the Christian community that this needs to be written at all. I am glad there are those who are willing to look around and call to us about this, and Braner does that ever so gently.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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