Fear is an unwelcome guest. Coty says it is time to exchange it for power, love, and self-discipline. God gave us fear for a reason. It serves a useful purpose – to motivate us. It is when fear becomes controlling that it debilitates.
She polled 500 women from 18 to 80 to pinpoint the fears women struggle with daily. She addresses these fears (and others).
She identifies the kind of fears we experience: spurting fear (gut level, naked emotion), savory fear (intentional, like a roller coaster ride), saturating fear (invasive, often from childhood), simmering fear (fear of the unknown based on other's experiences), sovereign fear (willingly placing ourselves under authority, respect).
Coty shares a number of lessons she has learned about fear, such as, it is okay to be imperfect. She intersperses humor with her lessons.
In the second part of the book she takes a modern day slant on the armor of God described in Eph. 6:13-18. She then addresses faceless fears in the third part of her book.
Her humor is contagious. When fear jumps its creek, build a DAM, she suggests (Damage control, Attach a bit, Devote yourself to caring for others). Or, maybe you need to BARF (Back off, Admit, Redirect, Forgive).
This is a great inspirational book. Coty has included lots of encouragement from Scripture, lots of examples from people's lives, and has sprinkled it all with humor.
Debora Coty began writing to fill the void when her youngest left for college. She is the author of ten books and has contributed to a number of devotionals. She also writes a monthly newspaper column. Coty is an orthopedic occupational therapist. Learn more about her at www.DeboraCoty.com.
Barbour Books, 224 pages. Please visit your local Christian bookstore to buy this book.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.