Okay, sister - take my hand and let's boldly step up and yank the masks off those shadow-lurking, anxiety-churning, worry-generating beasts.
"Fear" is not "funny" and you would not expect to associate one with the other. However, Debora Coty managed to do so :). Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate is a small book but is packed with Biblical truths, witty insights, and practical advice that will help you combat your fears while laughing (or at least smiling) all the way. The book covers internal fears (humiliation, rejection, guilt, and loneliness), external fears (worry, anxiety, obsessions, risks, aging), and faceless fears (money, death, negative self-talk, the unknown, and loss of loved ones), based on what the survey says... The author conducted a survey of 500 random women with ages ranging from 18 to 80 and addressed the top ten fears in this book. The book also offers tools for fighting your fears such as gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, perseverance, grace, and God's Word. You will also find several personal heartfelt stories from the author and others. Each chapter ends with 5 reflection questions. I love Debora's writing style which includes word play, alliteration, and acronyms.
I personally don't really struggle with any fears or anxiety. I know...I'm so very thankful for that! However, I still enjoyed reading this encouraging book and I will use what I learn from it to help people who struggle with these issues. I even learned some new words such as "grumplitude" and "fearified" :). Friends, fight your fears with faith and find freedom!
"Fear is passion in a negative direction." (page 19)
"I've come to realize worrying is a form of self-centeredness--it keeps us focused on getting rather than giving, and keeps our eyes on ourselves instead of others. Worriers are preoccupied with protecting themselves." (page 56)
"But the thing is, God's sovereignty is innately mysterious; He has the right to be unexplainable and unfathomable. He is God." (page 213)
~I received a copy of this book for free via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange of my honest review. All opinions are my own.
One "sweet" winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- A Debora Coty Library (Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, Less Beast, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, and Everyday Hope)
- Chocolate (Every good thing begins with chocolate!)
So grab your copy of Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate and join Debora and friends on the evening of March 7th for an evening of fun. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)