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(Review) Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage To Overcome Your Fears by Kelly Balarie

Publisher and Publication Date: January 3, 2017. Baker Books.
Genre: Nonfiction, fear, anxiety.
Pages: 240.
Source: Free advanced reader copy won in a giveaway on Goodreads.
Rating: Very good.


Link @ Baker Books for more information, includes an excerpt.

Kelly Balarie's website is Purposeful Faith.
Facebook page.

Fear Fighting (the book) ends on page 182. From page 182 to page 231 is the study guide.
It is frustrating that I cannot quote from the book, because it is a advanced reader copy and changes may have occurred after final printing. I plan to work around this by giving a summary of Balarie's points.

In the introduction, Balarie asks if fear is holding us back from our God calling?
Fear is the common reason so many of us never get out of the starting gate. We are petrified of where God will take us. We are afraid of what changes in life will occur. We are most afraid of failure.
With an engaging writing style and a sense of humor, Balarie takes us on a journey in how to deal with fear.
I'm snickering as I type this, because it is not funny, but seriously true (of me): life is not about us.
I read recently (somewhere else) about how many times a human thinks about him or herself in a day, it's in the many thousands of times. I was shocked at first to read that, but I believe it to be true. Self is always on our mind, but it should be God who is always on our mind.
Another point Balarie brings is our thoughts are constantly thinking about future uncertainties. For example: What if such and such happens? She encourages us to change that perspective and be set free by a God focus of letting Him have control.
Deborah is an example of an old testament character who is used for teaching and illustration. She was a vibrant strong woman.
I was most interested to read about how to deal with past trauma. Satan prefers we live in the past. To live in shame and regret. She teaches that it is the Spirit who must dominate our self, because Satan's fiery darts cannot penetrate Him. This topic of regret follows through to later chapters.
Balarie's writing style is similar to other current female writers, it has a tone of trying to be engaging through wit. A little of this is okay, but after a while it becomes silly. Maybe it is a generational thing. I have noticed this trend and believe it must work for reading audiences as a whole.
One of the last statements in the book is "...His healing is today." I disagree. God's healing is for yesterday and today. God's healing is for all days.

Midway through the book, Balarie gives helpful applications. However, at the end of each chapter is a section titled: "Something To Chew On."

Sample chapters are on control, hating the past, comparing self to others, and fear of the future.