Do Not Live Afraid
Faith in a Fearful World
• September 2009
In scripture, the opposite of faith is often fear.
With remarkable frequency, the first thing God says to those poised at the edge of momentous decisions or holy encounters is, "Do not be afraid." What God intends is not simply an attitude adjustment but empowerment.
"Do not be afraid" finds its expression when we do not live afraid. This book invites readers and groups who gather around it to take that word to heart — and beyond heart to living.
Each chapter considers a theme that explores what God's message of "do not be afraid" makes possible in our lives: trust, vocation, witness, justice, and transformation. After each chapter, Indermark includes spiritual exercises that invite readers to move deeper into the words on the page.
The Leader's Guide at the back of the book provides step-by-step suggestions for an 8-week small-group study.
John Indermark is a writer and retired United Church of Christ pastor. He has authored a number of books published by Upper Room Books and Abingdon Press, in addition to writing for a variety of curriculum resources. John and his wife, Judy, are now full-time residents of Tucson, having traded the rainforests of southwest Washington for the Sonoran desert. They are members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tucson. When John is not writing, he enjoys taking photographs of landscape and wildlife in the Sonora region and elsewhere when he and Judy travel.
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: 20090901
Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x in (d)
Page Count: 128
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth
John Indermark guides you skillfully into a study of fear and its spiritbinding consequences in a way that leaves you aching for the freedom he then describes through the witness of scripture and testimony of the faithful. Yes, fear does exert destructive control in the lives of even we Christians who have heard from of old, “Fear not!” But it does not need to be so. Read this book with friends in the faith and learn together from the depth, wisdom, and excellent biblical insight that has become so characteristic of Indermark’s work. You will be transformed.
Rev. Lynn Longfield, General Presbyter, Olympia Presbytery, PCUSA