Disclosure: This book was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Today I am sharing a review for the book entitled Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears by Kelsie Balarie. I was drawn to this book not because I am currently struggling with fear, but because I thought it might be a helpful resource for some ladies I know, and I wanted to be able to earnestly recommend it to them.
Here is the description of the book, taken from the publisher: 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
· Usher in lasting peace through prayers that reduce panic, blood pressure, and stress
· Discover clear and immediate action plans to exchange worry for God’s greatest gifts
· Implement daily bravery decrees to stand armed throughout the day
· Participate in a twelve-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.
Sounds pretty good, right? I am saddened to say I did not enjoy this book at all, and felt rather frustrated reading it. To begin, I assumed the author was coming to the reader from a place of having conquered her fears and was able to stand victorious over them. But she starts off by saying she is STILL fighting her fears. To me, this doesn’t instill confidence in the reader, because it’s as if the author is saying she tried all her own techniques and they failed. But that aside, the way she wrote is not a style I enjoyed. She uses a lot of “rah-rah” imagery, and talks about overcoming fear as an adventure, which is honestly not all that appealing to me.
She also talks about banding together with other women to fight fear (but she says we should do it in our suits and heels…what about those women like myself who are not in the workforce? That line specifically felt very exclusive), which i great because we should be humble enough to share our struggles with trusted friends. But then a few pages later, the author claims that fear fighters don’t look around for strength, but rather inside. So, I’m confused…are we supposed to look within ourselves to overcome our fear while just hanging out with other fearful women?
While the author does give good Bible verses to use, and includes a study guide at the back of the book (so you can use this book in a group setting), the overall tone and content was not appealing to me. I disagreed with a lot of her theories and practices, and it felt like she was not really writing much with substance. Perhaps my opinion is skewed because I overcame my fear in a different way (more on that in another post), but I doubt I would have found this book helpful.
Overall, I would not recommend this to the ladies I know, but you may find it a great resource.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”