Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review - Breaking the Fear Cycle


The Bible calls us to "fear not" on many occasions. But just how do we accomplish that when every news item seems designed to get us wringing our hands? Using her own story as a catalyst, Maria Furlough discusses how to overcome fear for good. With practicality and passion, she shows us the steps we can take to bring those fears to God rather than act on them and to trust God with the future.

When we give God full control over our lives, choosing his sovereignty over our own ability, we can break the cycle of fear, grow through suffering, and trust God to fulfill his promises of protection and peace. If you are filled with anxiety about your personal circumstances, the state of the world today, or even your fear-clogged social media feeds, you'll welcome this hands-on journey from fear to freedom.


Maria Furlough is a wife, a mother of five, and the head of women's ministry at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, North Carolina. She has been writing and teaching Bible studies for 14 years and currently writes on the blog True Worth at


This book was so appropriate for me. I have been a fearful person all my life and this is one of the best books for combating that fear that I've ever read.

Maria knows something about fear. One of her worst fears (and I think every Mom's fear) was losing a child. This happened when she is carrying her precious child, Gideon, she finds out that he will be born without lungs, kidney or bladder and would only live a few hours after his birth. She has to face the fear, but shows us how she did just this, with the help of God.

She shares stories of others who were fearful in the Bible, like David and Job, and how they were able to face their fears because of their faith in God. We, too, can have this same kind of faith.

One of my favorite things is that at the end of each chapter, she has a series of questions for us to answer. This helped me to truly reflect on my feelings of fear and then combat those fears by going to God's Word. Because of these wonderful questions, this book would make a great book for a small group.

I loved Maria's style of writing because she helps us to truly understand God's promises of giving us strength and faith so we can rise above the fears we feel. She was so open and honest in this book and I enjoyed each and every page. I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with fears because it will truly help you overcome. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads

Blessings - Julie

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