Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fear No Evil: A Book Review

About The Book:

In the years following the senseless and tragic shooting on the campus of New Life Church in northern Colorado Springs, Colorado, Senior Pastor Brady Boyd has received countless questions from the faith-filled and faithless alike. As the nation watched the suffering congregation reel from the gunman’s rampage and, later, steady their stance once more, the one question on everyone’s mind was, "How has New Life weathered such a horrible storm so well?"
In Fear No Evil, Boyd answers with eloquence and grace, paving a path toward hope to anyone walking through the "valley of the shadow of death" and is tempted to camp out there.
This story of tragedy and triumph will release you from life’s common traps of doubt and despair. Whether you are a parent who has lost a child, a single mom who feels overwhelmed, a middle-aged man starting over after bankruptcy, a student trying to make sense of life and the world at large, or simply someone who wonders where God is in the midst of your suffering, the considerations and counsel offered here will serve as a lifeline for your soul.

About The Author:

Pastor Brady is a gifted communicator and teacher with a passion for speaking practical, relevant messages that equip and inspire. He is responsible for leading all the staff and ministries of New Life Church. Before coming to New Life in August, 2007, Pastor Brady served as the Associate Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in the DFW Metroplex. While there, Gateway grew from 100 to over 12,000 active members in just six years. Pastor Brady is a Louisiana native and is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University. He is married to Pam and they have two children - Abram and Callie. Pastor Brady enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and spending lots of time with his family. 

Follow Brady on Twitter: @pastorbrady

Read an excerpt of Fear No Evil here (in PDF format)

My Review:

I remember very clearly hearing about the devestating events that occured at New Life Church in Colorado in 2007. The church, only months before, had been in the national news and now they had a shooting that again shocked the church, community and nation as a whole. 

What many people did not see was the healing process that occured after. Now New Life pastor Brady Boyd has written Fear No Evil. It is part memoir and part guide to moving past the hurts in our life (regardless of severity) to do what God has called us to do - live life with no fear of evil and do His will.

The book is written in a very easy to read, conversational manner, and Pastor Brady Boyd is very down to hear in his approach to that terrible day in December 2007. The book does do have an almost minute by minute account of the shooting but its done in a manner that is very sensitive and protects all those involved. 

Fear No Evil will be an encouraging read to all those who have experienced tragedy in their lives, regardless of the circumstances. You will be reminded that God is with us each step of the way, no matter what "valley of death" we may be in. His hand always guides us and in the end, good will always prevail (even if we don't see it in the moment). Redemption, forgiveness and hope are all themes that repeat themselves throughout the book. God will bring us through even the darkest of situations, like a shooting, if only we let Him. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Fear No Evil by Brady Boyd online, directly through Zondervan - it is also available at your local bookseller of Zondervan books

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan, for the purpose of review on this blog and as part of their Blogger Review Program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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