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Many women walk through life feeling judged, worried, and afraid. Are you one of them? Popular blogger Balarie knows how you feel because she's been there! In her compassionate, encouraging, biblically based guide, she empowers you to overcome eight fear-inducers so you can live with passion, confidence, purpose, and faith. Includes a 12-week study guide.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801019346
ISBN-13: 9780801019340

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We all live with fear. It hangs around, whispering in our ears, reminding us of all we can't do or will never be. But that's not the end of the story. We also have a God who draws close to say, Fear not. I am with you. This Spirit transforms us into fear fighters--women breaking free of trepidation to find bold dedication to God's peace-, purpose- and joy-filled callings.

With remarkable compassion born from personal experience, Kelly Balarie shows women how to

· Cultivate unstoppable faith by harnessing God's Word and promptings
· Pray panic-, blood pressure- and stress-reducing prayers to usher in lasting peace
· Discover clear and immediate action plans to exchange worry for God's greatest gifts
· Implement daily bravery decrees to stand armed through the day
· Participate in a 12-week study guide to foster new courageous habits
 
Kelly pulls back the curtain of fear so you can find the beautiful woman God created you to be.

Author Bio

Kelly Balarie is a passionate national speaker who has spent nearly ten years leading groups of women in spiritual growth, marriage building, and general Bible studies across the nation. She has lived her subject matter. Her faith was built as she battled through a debilitating eating disorder, depression, multiple sclerosis testing and concerns, company failures, family deaths, job losses, and times without income or money. Throughout difficult circumstances, Kelly has looked past the pain to uncover the beauty of God's always-developing purposes for her life. Her greatest desire is to share this treasured beauty with other women who need a fresh drink of God's grace and restoration. Kelly is a featured blogger at Crosswalk.com and iBelieve.com. Her work has been featured on Relevant, (in)courage.me and was also the cover story on Today's Christian Woman. She lives with her husband and two toddlers near the sun-soaked shores of the East Coast.

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  1. muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging Read!
    April 2, 2017
    muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In her book, "Fear Fighting", Kelly Balarie shows us how to overcome our everyday fears. Kelly uses her real life experiences and spiritual wisdom to show us how to conquer those fears. I loved this book! I could relate to so many of the fears Kelly talked about. I had many "aha" moments! I have highlighted so many important quotes throughout the whole book. I feel like I have gained so much insight. I am hoping I can use some of Kelly's wisdom to curb some of my fears! This will be a book that I will keep on my shelves and refer back to it.

    I definitely recommend this book to everyone especially those that have fears they want to conquer. I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
  2. Angela Suzanne
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Didn't like writing style
    March 26, 2017
    Angela Suzanne
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I personally didn't really like this book. I didn't like the writing style and don't remember much of what was said. I found the writing style to be more of an abstract thing which I didn't like. I also didn't do the group study questions but when I looked at them afterward, they probably would have been a good idea to go through even though I read the book by myself. They would have been more helpful than just reading the chapters and I probably would have remembered more of what I read.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
  3. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy-To-Read Dose Of Encouragement To Hand Your Fears Over To God
    March 4, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage To Overcome Your Fears by Kelly Balarie is a heavy dose of encouragement for women who are working hard to move past their fears with God's help.

    First, Kelly walks with us, hand in hand, as she unveils various circumstances that push us over the edge and falling to our knees screaming for help. God's help. And she gently reminds us that He's always there, just waiting for us to call on Him and come begging and crying to Him when life gets overwhelming and our fear factors start to cave in on us.

    What fears? The fears we all deal with almost every day, some just to a greater extent than another. Kelly doesn't directly address the fears, per se. Instead, she walks us through the eight "fear-inducers". Feelings and conditions that keep us chained to and drowning in our fear...

    1) The Devil

    2) Control

    3) People Pleasing

    4) Worry

    5) Comparison and Competition

    6) Waiting

    7) Rejection and Opposition

    8) The Past

    Kelly weaves anecdotes in with scripture, Bible stories, and other insights to share with us the common trials engaged by each of the fear-inducers, as well as ways to move past them and get on with our lives - for the better. Helpful Bible verses and affirmations are in bold print throughout each chapter, encouraging you to take note and memorize or post these thoughts somewhere where you'll see and read them everyday.

    Each chapter ends with "something to chew on", which gives you a thought or idea to focus on. The end of the book contains a group study guide, which thoughts, focal points, and questions to go along with each chapter. This study guide would work for individual study as well.

    This book is not an intense workbook or Bible study. Instead it is an easy-to-read, close-to-the-heart dose of encouragement and renewal to keep you focused on God and moving forward, letting God turn all of your fears into blessings for you,His preciousdaughter. 4/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions statedare my own.*
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Extensive group discussion guide included
    February 25, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    We want to be brave and do away with fear. Balarie, in the context of sharing her own experiences, helps readers understand the various origins of fear and how to conquer it.

    Balarie's writing style is very conversational. Reading her book is like listening to a friend across a table rather than listening to a teacher. She illustrates her concepts by telling her own stories, those of others, fictional stories, and stories from the Bible. Her writing style would appeal to career age readers, I think.

    My favorite part of the book was her teaching on welcoming the Holy Spirit. Wait. Experience. Let the truth be told. Come back to prayer, again and again. Open the Bible. Meditate and communicate. Eyes attentive. (105) She notes that the time and energy we give to welcoming the Holy Spirit may well determine if we find peace with God or panic with worry. (106)

    The strength of this book is the twelve week Group Study that is included. This is a relational kind of book and would have the most impact when used in a group context. Balarie suggests grabbing hands with "sisters in courage" and being part of a group study would be a great way to do that.

    Food for thought: "If you spend your whole life grasping for happy in the future, you'll end up missing God's transformation in the present." (22)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  5. Terry
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book, Misleading Title
    February 21, 2017
    Terry
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fear Fighting by Kelly Balarie was a book I didn't expect to find very helpful. Perhaps it was the title; I wouldn't describe my life as filled with fear or seeking the courage to overcome a fear, as the subtitle suggests. So I read Part 1 (the first 3 chapters) thinking, "Yeah, this book might be helpful for someone else, going through something really challenging or trying to overcome a big obstacle in their life, but not me."

    THEN came Part 2 - "Spirit Arising: Demolishing the Eight Fear Inducers." I couldn't have been more wrong in my early assessment of this book. Chapter 4 blew me away! Loaded with Scripture references, Balarie teaches the reader how to pray through some powerful portions of the Bible like Ephesians 6:14-17 and Romans 8. She teaches the reader how to overcome the lies that we let the enemy sneak into our minds. Then for the TKO she lists 10 things the devil wants you to believe, and I found myself identifying with each and every one of them. Yikes! This book is most certainly for me! And that's just Chapter 4! Balarie goes on exploring issues like control, people-pleasing, dwelling in the past, and more.

    Ignore the title of this book - I would encourage everyone to pick up Fear Fighting and give it a chance. Even if you only identify with a few chapters here and there, you will surely be blessed for discovering the lessons this book teaches on letting go of the lies we hold onto and embracing biblical truth in every area of our lives.

    I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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