Tony Perkins, No Fear New York Waterbrook, 2015, 187 pp 8.92God s Word is clear Have I not commanded you Be strong and courageous Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go Joshua 1 9, ESV In the pages of the New Testament, we are told, We must obey God rather than men Acts 5 29 Yet, we find ourselves in troubling times The church is drowning in compromise and the culture applauds when believers cave in.Believers who are unwilling to acquiesce to the demands of the world will be met with fierce persecution and be marginalized emotionally and even physically.These times demand believers who are both firm in character but also minister to lost people with biblical fidelity No Fear by Tony Perkins is the perfect book for Christ followers who need encouragement in a day filled with compromise Perkins makes a solid contribution in this work as he presents real life stories of Christ followers who endured persecution because of their strong stand for truth and the claims of the gospel.The true stories that Perkins presents are linked to biblical stories that help drive home the point of each chapter The writing is clear and compelling and is geared to a younger audience Surely, these short and readable chapters will provide a wealth of inspiration to Christians who need a boost of encouragement as they brave the storms of adversity.I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review. In a world filled with fear and people trying to live politically correct lives, even among many professing Christian believers, it is refreshing and encouraging to know there ARE Christians who choose to be Biblically Correct in their thinking and actions They have chosen the lonely path of faith and courage standing up for what gives glory to God and for what is right, no matter the cost These are some of the people Tony Perkins writes about in his new book, No Fear.In his book No Fear, author Perkins first shares examples of people in the Word of God who rose above their fears because of their faith in God and did extraordinary things through the strength and power of God He mentions Biblical men and women such as Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Mary, Peter and others who faced tremendous challenges to their faith and overcame them by living out their faith in God as God had commanded them to do They did not do so perfectly as no one does however, despite their sin and failures they did demonstrate their real faith in the real God resulting in some pretty amazing things happening in and through their lives.In chapter s 2 12 of the book Tony Perkins shares the very different stories of very different people, ordinary men and women, who had extraordinary faith challenges and who stood firm in their faith, enduring persecution, with each experiencing different outcomes For example, in the chapter titled, Flipping Houses, Not Convictions he writes about two brothers, Jason and David Benham, who went into the business of buying old homes, fixing them up and flipping or reselling them for a profit The brothers became quite successful in their business and as a result they were offered an opportunity to have their own TV show on HGTV called Flip It Forward However, as a result of their faith and convictions concerning the family and marriage the show was cancelled mainly because of the opposition mounted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation GLAAD against them and their show This is just one of the many stories of people Author Perkins shares about who were called on to make a decision to either obey man or God and the men and women in his book chose to obey God rather than obey man, or please themselves, and experience the consequences of their actions for the glory of God And the book is interactive in that, at the end of each chapter, there are some self evaluation questions for us as readers to ponder concerning where we are at in our walk of faith with the Lord and how we would respond if we were persecuted severely for our faith.If you need insight and encouragement as to how to stand for God and Christ and His Word in the midst of opposition and persecution in our present evil world you will find this book and the people s examples contained therein to be most helpful Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Waterbrook Press as part of their Book Review Blogger program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Good book centered around some young people doing great things to promote renew family values in the U.S. I m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of No Fear for this review.In No Fear, Tony Perkins explored our deepest hidden fears and how to have courage Tony Perkins began the book by looking at Moses, Joshua, Mary, Paul, and many and how God declared to them to not be afraid Throughout the book, he shared stories to encourage readers to see how others dealt with their fears and made a stand for Christ At the end of each chapter, he also related a story back to a character in the Bible One of my favorite stories was entitled, Too Pure for American Idol Moriah Peters grew up in a Christian home and received Him as her personal Savior when she was in the sixth grade on a youth group trip In high school, she started a Bible study group in one of her teacher s classrooms This taught her to stand up for what she believes in and to live a life that is pleasing to Christ She loved to sing in church and her mother and friends encouraged her to audition for the popular TV show, American Idol She made it round after round in front of many different producers Eventually, she performed in front of the judges She chose to sing Angel by Jessica Simpson because this was the only song that contained a reference to Heaven The judges loved her voice and they thought she sounded great The producers of the show shared interviews of Moriah Peters that the judges saw During the interviews, she revealed that she had never been kissed and she is saving her first kiss until marriage Guest judge, Avril Lavinge stated that Moriah Peters was trying to be too perfect Kara DioGuardi made comments about how she needed to go out and kiss a guy where she can feel sexy They also told her to go kiss a guy and come back and audition again She left the audition room and a random man approached her The man told her that he loved her voice and how she talked about God The man then introduced her to Wendy Green Wendy s husband is the musical director of Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman Moriah Peters travelled to Nashville, Tennessee and recorded a demo to send to different labels in hopes of getting signed at the age of seventeen Reunion Records liked what they heard and signed her Reunion Records is also home to recording artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, and Brandon Heath She also met her future husband, Joel Smallbone from Kings Country and he was her first kiss when they married I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who is ready to see how people of this generation is taking a stance for Christ and risking it all I loved how Tony Perkins shared stories about Lila Rose and how she decided to stand against Plan Parenthood, Roy Costner who was instructed not to say the Lord s Prayer during his valedictorian speech, Chad Farnan who had a teacher who stated derogatory comments about Christians during his class and how he decided to stand up against him and the school board The book included many amazing stories about young people living for Christ I loved how Tony Perkins related each story back to a Biblical character and he included scripture to encourage readers to have courage in today s times I believe this book is very timely considering the fact, our faith is being tested and each day and people are trying to censor Christ out of everything This book is a must have for every middle school, high school, college student, and young adult This book will inspire you to have courage and to use your voice and actions to make a different even when faced with persecution This book offers real role models for young Christian to emulate as they enter into adulthood It would be a good companion to teen lessons, on witnessing and being brave with your faith These are not made up stories, you will remember some of them making the news We need to set before our young people models of strength and conviction I particularly like the book because the 12 chapters were short, and presented the modern day model first and then followed it with the companion Bible stories of real figures standing up to the authorities with their witness, no matter what the outcome would be Then 4 discussion questions to further the discussion Topics covered were abortion, holding pure and true in your music and beauty contests, facing up to the local government at school against those that want to push their beliefs Standing up for Christian marriage between a man and a woman, the right way to fight like the Freedom from Religion foundation does You are not alone, whether it is your business not making a cake for a gay couple or your standing up for prayer in the schools You can t help but be hopeful for our future with the examples of these young people, standing up and witnessing for what they have found to be true with Christ Tony Perkins, the author is the President of the Family Research Council in Washington, he is one of the leading spokespersons for the nations s conservative policy makers and is on Fox news often No matter where you find yourself politically, this shows that youth and any of us can stand up for their beliefs, no matter what the cost, in our increasingly anti Christian culture. I liked this book The story was very interesting and unique It discussed how people experienced god in ther lives. Book of faithful followers of ChristThis book is a great tool to use in a discipleship role because the questions that you get to answer makes this book No Fear very much like the Hall of Faith of Faith found in Hebrews 11 of great Christians who fought the battle to the very end The stories that were told gives me encouragement to live and die for Jesus on a daily basis I liked how Tony Perkins showed us stories from the Bible in comparison to real life scenarios We live in a world that the name of Jesus offends many people, but Jesus says that if we deny him in front of others he will deny before his father in heaven and we will spend a lifetime seperated from the love of God in hell Christians must take a stand for their faith I am seeing and hearing many Christians willing to die for the cause Being a Christian does not mean our life is going to be easy I wish my youth group had the same faith I did growing up and not afraid to share their faith without being scorned or mock I highly recommend reading this book and several others to give you strength when you are weak, study what other Christians are doing for standing on the word of God, because it is not being taught in the school systems yet our public school systems rather teach on Islam Today than ever we have to be that voice of forgiveness, love, peace, and hope to a world that has lost faith in these things that Jesus had taught us from the beginning of time. This Book Heralds A New Generation Of Christians Who Are Than Bold They Are Fearless No Fear Draws You Inside The Stories Of Young, Ordinary Believers Who, Despite Incredible Opposition, Courageously Stood Up For God S Truth Tony Perkins Pairs Each Story With A Biblical Example, And Gives Practical Ideas For Building A No Fear Perspective Every Day Today, Followers Of Jesus Christ Face Opposition To Their Beliefs Than Any Generation In American History Yet Even In Such A Hostile Cultural And Political Environment, It Is An Exciting Time To Stand Firm In The Faith You Have Been Chosen To Live In This Important Hour And Reading These Stories Will Inspire You To The Same Kind Of Courage So What Are You Waiting For Includes Discussion Questions After Each Chapter Join The Conversation On Social Media With Nofearbook Making A Difference Starts With Standing Up For What S Right A Fourteen Year Old Girl Testifies Before The Maryland State Senate In Support Of The Traditional Family A Young Man And His New Wife Launch A Campaign To Decrease Abortions In Their Community A High School Cheerleader Goes To Court For The Right To Put Bible Verses On Banners At Football Games These Young Americans Knew That Honoring God And His Word Was Important Than Winning Friends Or Keeping Their Jobs In No Fear Tony Perkins Tells The Stories Of Young Christians Who Took A Stand For Truth In The Face Of Intense Opposition These Unlikely Heroes Will Show You The Dramatic Influence One Person Can Have In Seeking Fairness, Justice, And Compassion In A Nation The Book Also Draws You Back To The Heroes Of The Bible Who Stood Up For God In Their Own Day And Culture, Modeling The Same Brand Of Courage That Is Needed Today What Would You Do For God If You Had No Fear The Possibilities Are Endless It S Time To Get Started When you look around at current events, it s easy to feel fear rising in your mind and heart in NO FEAR, Tony Perkins gives readers the insights and ammunition to know they are not alone and can live with courage As he details in the first chapter, Today I see a swelling wave of younger people choosing to do the same thing In the pages that follow, I will share their stories of courageous obedience to God and look at other biblical characters who stood strong in their faith I am so encouraged by this new generation of followers of Jesus who aren t backing down from the hostility and vitriol they gave for standing firm in their faith page 8 Each chapter includes a series of questions for readers or small groups This well written book is worth reading and highly recommended Terry Whalin is the author of than 60 books including ASIN 163047231X Billy Graham A Biography of America s Greatest Evangelist Morgan James Faith In this evolving world of mediocrity and spineless wonders, it is comforting, refreshing, and grounding to read this book Perkins gives examples of young folks under 25 that are standing up for what s right in a time when no one has any stones left to do so I thank him for taking the time to document these people s plight and courage in a world where there are no heroes left to look up to God bless him and all the new generation standing for truth If you need some solid words of faith to help build you up again, please read this book to know that you are not alone.
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