This was not the book I wanted to read.What do you do when your small group wants to read a book that you have little interest in? Well, when this happened to me before when I was part of a book club, I just skipped that meeting. Oh, I would usually borrow the book from the library and read through the first few pages. But more often than not, I didn’t get far, eventually returned the book unread, and skipped the meeting.

However, this time, I was leading the group. Ugh! Honestly, this was not the book I wanted to read. Not that I knew a lot about it, but I am a reader and I have a stack of books clamoring for my attention. Books I’ve picked myself. And this was not one of them.

Still, the other leader offered two choices, and I agreed that we’d go in the direction the group wanted. And that meant I was stuck reading Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety by Alli Worthington. Isn’t my excitement dripping off these words?

But now that I’ve read the book? I couldn’t give it a higher recommendation.

What if even in the big things we could believe that failure is the rich soil where our faith grows? ~Alli Worthington, Fierce Faith

Fierce Faith: Description from Amazon

fierce faithSometimes Jesus’s call to “fear not” seems like the hardest instruction to follow.

Some days you faultlessly juggle everything that is your life—kids, husband, house, job, church, friendships, school, pets, appointments, and on and on. Other days the very thought of which ball you’re going to drop puts your anxiety level through the roof. You’re afraid you’re forgetting something. And you are: God’s advice to fear not.

Alli Worthington knows all about the ways a woman can be hard on herself. She shares her own fear struggles with humor and honesty—while offering real strategies for coping with life’s big worries as well as those little everyday worries.

Alli uses biblical wisdom and practical insight to help you:

  • Identify fear-based thinking.
  • Overcome the big and little worries in life.
  • Learn a simple trick to stop the anxiety spiral.
  • Live a more confident, less worried life.

Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for some encouragement from a friend. Alli’s no-nonsense, wise advice will lighten your heart and help you cut through the daily clutter of fear and worry to reconnect with your own fierce faith.

Fierce Faith REVIEW

The enemy of our souls wants to distract us, delay us, and discourage us with fear. ~Alli Worthington, Fierce Faith

So, I already admitted that I went into this book kicking and screaming, Well, dragging my feet anyway. I’ve battled fear for years, so reading a book about it wasn’t on the top of my list. I suppose it was a bit of a ‘been there, done that’ kind of mentality. But, as leader, I couldn’t show up to meetings without reading the material, so I plunged ahead. I’m glad I did!

I've battled fear for years, so reading a book about it wasn't on the top of my list. But I'm glad I did!Alli writes simply and honestly, sharing her life including those moments you know she was cringing at sharing. But she admits freely (I’m sure with some hesitation) when she didn’t get it right. And what God taught her in those moments fuels a passion to communicate truth that all women—all people—need to grasp. If you are God’s child, you can win battles against the fears and anxieties that hold you back and cripple your effectiveness.

One-by-one, Alli addresses the most common fears: rejection, parenting, failure, betrayal, missing out, the future, and not being enough. She highlights unhealthy responses, giving practical and relatable examples, and she writes out a battle plan to combat each anxiety.

The Bottom Line – 5 stars

Although I’ve learned many of the lessons Alli shares, I did pick up new tips and found great encouragement while reading. This is an excellent book, and I’m confident God will use her words to provide training and motivation to battle the fear that distracts us from what God wants us to accomplish. She helps to replenish the joy God’s provided for our journey.

There’s nothing like starting the day with a light-hearted reminder that we are in a battle, but we are great women of God and aren’t to be messed with. ~Alli Worthington, Fierce Faith

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About the Author

alli worthingtonAlli Worthington is the author of Fierce Faith and Breaking Busy, she’s a speaker and business coach. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live.

Alli is a sought after coach and consultant who has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful.

Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting and balance has lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America.

She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, and the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve.

Alli spends way too much time on Instagram at @AlliWorthington and you can find out all about her at AlliWorthington.com

DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book for myself. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. 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.”

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