In her book, Fearless, Jo Ann Maxwell shares her faith in Jesus Christ and how she is learning to cope with MS. While MS is a roller coaster none of us want to try and ride, she shares her journey of the crazy ride – which offers honest God-sized hope to any sufferer of chronic illness or pain.
I am thankful for Jo Ann and her book. If I could say anything to briefly describe this review, it would be a heartfelt “thank you” and “you seriously need to read this“.
While there are many books on suffering, even Christian life and suffering, this is one of those we can classify as a “must read”. This book is a Bible study, sort of book. It is not based on other people’s random ideas, but Jo Ann pulls out her Bible and actually does Bible study with you (example below). While it is a rarity to find a book that combines real life suffering and the earnest desire to see God in it, she does it (and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit)!
Jo Ann shares her journey. She doesn’t share just the pretty things. She shares her entire heart, and pours it out as an offering to God through her writing. This book is consumed with hope we, too, can have in our lives. She offers much encouragement in Fearless.
In Jesus Christ, there is an abundance of hope!
Throughout this book and the Scriptures shared, we learn how and why we can come to God – even in times of great suffering. God is for us. While we may carry a tremendous weight of suffering, God is absolutely for us and wants to be our ever-present help!
While sharing in a Bible study with her readers, she shares some insight into Mark 6:45-52 –
He sends me into the storm, sees my struggle, comes to me, talks to me, is in the circumstance with me, and the storm ceases. Perhaps my circumstance doesn’t cease, but the storms in my thoughts and emotions cease when I allow Jesus to “come into the boat” with me.
Let’s allow Jesus to invade our circumstances, friend! I cannot tell you what He will do, once you invite Him into your circumstance. He may remove it, but He might not. He might choose a different way. A more relational way, like staying with you in the storm – making you completely certain of His love for you. I invite you to join me, as we learn what it means to live Fearless and enjoy the presence of Christ!
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