Moving From Fear To Freedom
Fear has two sides – an upside and a downside. The downside is that it can hold women hostage, robbing us of joy and preventing us from experiencing life as God intended. But the upside….that’s a different story. The very fears we face can become catalysts for personal growth and opportunities to know the Lord in a more intimate way. Filled with real-life stories and loaded with Scripture, this book promises to lead its readers from fear to freedom. With wit, warmth, and wisdom, Grace helps you to:
- Overcome the fear for your kids’ well-being to embrace God’s purpose for their lives.
- Overcome the fear of inadequacy to accept new opportunities at work or church.
- Overcome the fear of rejection to pursue new friendships or mentor younger women.
- Overcome the fear of change and challenges and learn to embrace them as opportunities for personal growth.
“I’ve started reading Moving from Fear to Freedom that I bought at our women’s retreat where you spoke. With every page I read, another tear wells ’til finally at pg 18 I have to put it down because I can’t read any more. I want to. But I can’t see the pages. I can tell this is going to be a l-o-n-g ‘God touching places that hurt’ journey. I wonder if I’ll be able to reach the end of the book? WOW, what a timely message. I have not had a book ever affect me this way except for the Bible that is sharp like a two-edged sword. Heart surgery. Thank you Grace.”
— Dawn Robertson, British Columbia
“Moving from Fear to Freedom is one of those books that gives you “ants in your pants” while you read. It was hard not to run and pick up the phone to share the insights with a friend. I was constantly distracted with thoughts of the positive impact Grace’s book would make to women’s ministry. Each chapter revealed new strategies for women to move from fear-based paralysis into God’s incredible peace-promised will. Empowering, insightful and relevant! I can hardly wait to pass a copy of this book along knowing that once I’ve done so, I can settle into reclaiming the pages for my own spiritual growth. Impossible not to get excited!”
— Tami W.
“Your book, Moving From Fear to Freedom, has changed my life. Fear was almost incapacitating me, but is no longer something I struggle with. Long story short, I feared every move my kids made. I’m grateful for your faithfulness to write the words in that book and show me how to release to the Lord in a way I was ‘fearful’ of doing.”
— Samantha P.
“Moving From Fear to Freedom was a great study for our ladies’ group. It was relevant to all who attended, and participants rarely missed a week! As we moved through the book, we learned to give our issues to God and to rely on His faithfulness. If you’re looking for an easy-to-read study book, this is it. Our women now have confidence that Jesus is greater than any fear we have and can conquer it if we give it to Him.”
— Robin S. – women’s ministry leader, AB
“I taught a workshop on fear at a women’s conference a couple of weekends ago. I highly recommended your new book to the participants. I think it is an excellent resource for women who struggle with fear. I am personally going to read it slowly for my own journey.”
“Thank you for providing this book for such a time as this – you are meeting ladies right where they need it. I really like the questions, scripture references, and prayers at the end of each chapter. The layout makes leading a study like this very leader-friendly!”
“This is an amazing book – it’s helped me identify my fears and overcome them by helping me focus on the truth of God’s Word.”
I admit it – fear is no stranger to me. My earliest recollection of its presence in my life traces back to my preschool days. At that time, my family lived in Alberta, about 40 minutes’ drive from an area famous for dinosaur fossils. My imagination worked overtime, especially if I woke during the night. I was sure that a dinosaur lived under my bed, and that it would grab my ankles if I dared step onto the floor.
My childish thinking told me that leaving my room meant losing my life. So, rather than fall prey to the tyrannosaurus rex, I’d stand on my bed and take a flying leap toward the door to get beyond its grasp. My strategy obviously worked – I’m still alive and have two ankles to prove it!
Fear stayed with me when I graduated from kindergarten to elementary school. My mom occasionally asked me to fetch a jar of peaches or pickles from the basement storage room. I obliged, but only after mustering every ounce of courage within my skinny frame. I was certain that girl-eating monsters lived in the basement and that they could outrun me on the stairs. I ascended those stairs two by two, terrified that doing anything less would result in my becoming a monster’s meal.
As a grown woman, I can look back on those fears and laugh. But nowadays I face other fears that are anything but funny. I’ve worried about my kids’ well-being. I’ve fretted over our bank account. I’ve stewed over feeling inadequate, and I’ve panicked when personal storms have blown in and threatened to shake my world.
Can you relate?
Be honest – I know you understand what I’m talking about. In preparing to write this book, I conducted a survey wherever I spoke at women’s events. The results only confirmed what I suspected – I’m not the only woman who struggles with negative fear. It affects women of all ages and from all walks of life, often signaling its presence with a sense of apprehension, premature wrinkles, stomach pains, tension headaches, and sleepless nights. If left to run rampant, it can rob us of joy and the power-filled life that God intends for us.
As I began studying fear as portrayed in the Bible, I discovered a fascinating truth: the first reference to fear is found in Genesis 3:8-10. It says, “Toward evening they (Adam and Eve) heard the LORD God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees. The LORD God called to Adam, ‘Where are you?’ He replied, ‘I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.’”
Fear was not a part of God’s agenda for His creation, but it slithered onto the scene when Adam and Eve sinned. It became a wedge between them and the One who created them for relationship with Himself.
Unfortunately, fear is still on the scene today. It can negatively impact our relationship with God, just as it did for Adam and Eve. Or…here’s the exciting part…it can be the catalyst that causes our relationship with Him to deepen. Every time we’re afraid, we can either forget faith and try to do things our way (as if that’s really going to work!), or we can acknowledge our fear and call out to God for help. When He answers, we experience Him in new ways. That’s the upside of fear.
Life is too short to spend it battling fear and its negative effects. Besides, God has better things in store for us. He wants us to embrace each day wholeheartedly and make every minute count. He wants us to live to our full potential and leave a mark on coming generations. He wants us to impact our families, our churches, our communities, and ultimately the world for Himself. I want that, too. Do you?
If so, this book is for you. You’ll be inspired by the real-life stories of other women who have faced their fears and discovered new truths about God in the midst. You’ll be challenged as you see how Biblical heroes and heroines dealt with fear. And you’ll be encouraged as you learn what God’s Word says about fear and how to rise above it.
At the end of each chapter you’ll find several practical helps. First, there’s the section called “Points for Progress.” These questions are designed for individual or group study, to apply truth and encourage deeper personal growth in our lives.
Next, you’ll find a section called “Promises to Ponder.” Copy these Scriptures on recipe cards and post them where you’ll see them often-on the fridge, near your kitchen sink, on the dashboard of your car, on the bathroom mirror, near your computer, or beside your baby’s changing table. Filling our minds with the truth of God’s Word equips us to face fearful situations when they come along. His Word renews our minds and helps us to view life through His eternal perspective rather than through our own finite binoculars. Fear takes flight in the face of God’s infinite person and power!
You’ll also find a section called “Praying the Promises” in which I’ve turned those Bible verses into prayers. Pray them for yourself or on the behalf of others struggling with fear. God promises to hear those whose hearts belong to Him and who ask anything according to His will (1 John 3:21,22). We know beyond a doubt that overcoming fear is what He desires for His children, so we can pray with confidence and expect Him to answer.
As I’ve written this book, my understanding of fear’s potential negative impact on my life has grown. But so has my understanding of the upside of fear. I pray that, from this day forward, God will enable me to view fear in a different light – as a tool in His hands to experience Him in new ways. I pray the same for you!
I invite you to email me about how God has used this book in your life – as women, we can encourage each other in our spiritual journey. In fact, give a copy of this book to a friend, or donate one to your church library. Ask your public librarians to bring it in so that other women in your community can benefit from its message. Let’s live life the way God intended – in rest and relationship with Him. And let’s make a difference in the world around us.
By the way, I write a free monthly online newsletter called “Growing With Grace.” If you’d like to receive it, simply visit my website, click on the ‘free ezine’ link, and follow the directions. I hope you enjoy it!
Know you are loved,
Taken from: Moving From Fear to Freedom
Copyright © 2007 by Grace Fox
Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR
Used by Permission
Second-place winner of the 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Year Contest with The Book Club Network!
“Grace is far more than an author; she’s a friend who lovingly walks beside you through the pages of her book. Her writing takes you to a place of real freedom. Her words are like keys that unlock a woman’s spirit and help her to live freely in the truth. Grace presents liberating spiritual principles with clarity and sensitivity. She offers profound truth in a practical way through deep spiritual insights and great storytelling. She is truly a woman of wisdom and compassion, and I am honored to know her.”
— Jennifer Rothschild, speaker on the popular Women of Faith Tour and author of Lessons I Learned in the Dark
“The powerful real-life stories, Scriptures, and personal growth questions Fox has combined are the perfect recipe for moving from fear to freedom. This is a great book sure to touch and change lives!”
— Allison Bottke, Author/Founder of God Allows U-Turns
“When we’re paralyzed by fear, we need someone to come alongside us and remind us of God’s promises. Grace Fox does just that in her book, Moving from Fear to Freedom. I also love how she turns those scriptural promises into prayers, which allow us to focus on God rather than ourselves. Grab this life-changing book and put fear in its place: nowhere!”
— Janet Holm McHenry, author of PrayerWalk and PrayerStreaming
“Another winner by Grace Fox! Every woman will identify with Moving from Fear to Freedom. With profound insight, humor, sound advice, and amazing stories, Grace inspires you to jump in, face your fears, learn, grow, and come out stronger on the other side. Moving from Fear to Freedom will be part of my personal library. It’s a keeper.”
— Margaret Gibb, President, Women Alive
“Grace Fox has tackled a challenging emotion-fear-and written about it with clarity, compassion, and courage. She offers help, hope, and even a bit of humor as she uncovers the truth about fear through real-life stories, relevant Scripture, and steps of practical application. My favorite part of each chapter is Praying the Promises. A must-read for anyone afraid of fear!”
— Karen O’Connor, author of Walkin’ with God Ain’t for Wimps and The Beauty of Aging
“Grace Fox has nailed the fears that pierce a woman’s heart and prevent her from experiencing the true joy and freedom that are her birthright as a child of the living God. For too long we women have allowed ourselves to walk in the shadow of fear, missing out on the sunlight that beckons us and is ours for the taking. Grace shows us how we can move from the shadow into the sunlight once and for all and, in turn, help others to do the same. Complete with provocative points to ponder, Scriptures to meditate on, and prayers to pray, Moving from Fear to Freedom is a must-read book for any woman who desires to live in the truth that ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ ”
— Kathi Macias, author of How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I’m Surrounded by Loose Cannons?
“Moving from Fear to Freedom is a deeply soul-satisfying book. Grace Fox does a masterful job of helping us engage our hearts as well as our minds in becoming active participants in taking control of fear and transforming it, with the help of the Holy Spirit, into the energy we need to move more deeply and freely into the abundant life that was Jesus’ stated intention of his life. Grace knows what she’s talking about and is a trusted ‘over coffee’ friend. This is a great resource for all ages.”
— Robin Chaddock, certified life coach, author, speaker
“Grace Fox’s book Moving from Fear to Freedom is a must-read for every woman regardless of age. Many of the fears resonated with my own life experience, so I could identify with the struggles as well as the freedom of giving all to God. I was reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6-”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
— Deb Haggerty, popular author and speaker
“There really is an upside to fear! Grace Fox shares this truth by revealing her own struggles with fear along with real, from-the-heart stories of women across the country. The sections at the end of each chapter-Points for Progress, Promises to Ponder, and Praying the Promises-are creative and brilliant practical helps. Grace clearly demonstrates that fear does indeed take flight in the face of God’s infinite person and power! Personally, I thank Grace for helping me to so deeply understand and face fear in a whole new way. This book has brought me into the freedom God so desires for all of us.”
— Lane P. Jordan, author of 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman and 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Mom
“What a timeless book. Every day of our life can be fraught with fear if we allow it. In Moving from Fear to Freedom, Grace Fox tells the good, bad, and ugly of fear. Some fears are healthy and necessary, and others are debilitating. Grace teaches readers how to break free from the ones that hold them back, she includes stories and poignant quotes, and she offers points for progress, promises to ponder, meaningful prayers. This is a book to be read and reread.”
— Brenda Nixon, speaker and author of Parenting Power in the Early Years