Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

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Does God heal? Where do I turn when my faith is fragile? How can I face my own death? Is there a gospel for the rich? In brief, to-the-point chapters, respected preacher and ethicist Samuel Wells lucidly and compassionately explores topics Christians are often reluctant to face--death, weakness, power, difference, faith, and living life to the full--and offers down-to-earth help in overcoming common fears in the life of faith. "The heart of the gospel speaks into the most numbing and terrifying moments of our lives with words of hope and joy amid fear and bewilderment," writes Wells. This book provides an intellectually rigorous but scripturally rooted and theologically accessible engagement with questions of faith.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 327g
  • Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1587433028
  • 9781587433023
  • 385,439

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Look deep into the questions of your life and deep into the heart of God: there is no need to be afraid.

"Sam Wells has given us good medicine in this book that both diagnoses the fears of our times and offers the remedy of the gospel. In these engaging and wise essays, Wells addresses not only our fear of death but also our fear of life in all its messy complexity. With a deft mix of storytelling, biblical interpretation, and theological reflection, Wells assiduously tells us the truth about the world--a truth we can face because the way beyond fear is not through denial but through patience, hope, and courage. This is a timely and much-needed book for a church tempted to make self-protection more important than discipleship."
--Scott Bader-Saye, Seminary of the Southwest

"A modern-day C. S. Lewis, Sam Wells draws us closer to God's story of eternal love in Be Not Afraid. At times bracing, at other times funny, his words plumb the dark depths of despair and offer hope without triviality, correction without cruelty. This book is a witty, vulnerable, challenging delight, a perfect bedtime companion in dark nights of the soul and a worthy friend when the lights come back on."
--Lillian Daniel, coauthor of This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers; contributing editor at Leadership

"In this book of reflections, Samuel Wells makes profound theological insight and artful language seem effortless. Each essay is a gem, the product of deep thought and the wordsmith's craft. This book is so directly addressed to the reader's heart and mind, so precisely on target about the fears that ensnare us, that Wells comes across not as a distant thinker but as a wise, understanding, and compassionate friend."
--Thomas G. Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"Be Not Afraid is a word for our time, delivered with the thoughtfulness of C. S. Lewis and the authenticity of Billy Graham. Sam Wells is a great gift to the church today. Listen to him."
--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of New Monasticism
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Table of contents

Part 1: Be Not Afraid of Death
1. How to Die
2. Does God Heal?
3. May They Find in You a Blessing
4. So Much for Servant Ministry
5. The Five Ws
Part 2: Be Not Afraid of Weakness
6. Is There a Balm in Gilead?
7. The Hound of Heaven
8. Speak Tenderly to Jerusalem
9. Many a True Word
10. I Have No Need of You
Part 3: Be Not Afraid of Power
11. By What Authority?
12. But It Shall Not Be So with You
13. Giving with Your Head, Your Hand, and Your Heart
14. Is There a Gospel for the Rich?
15. The Education of Desire
Part 4: Be Not Afraid of Difference
16. You Are Not Your Own
17. Can We Talk?
18. Can We Still Call God "Father"?
19. Casualties of Destiny
20. The Three Realities of AIDS
21. He Is Our Peace
Part 5: Be Not Afraid of Faith
22. Time to Shed the Cloak
23. Born Again
24. What's Wrong with God
25. I Want to Know Christ
26. The Discipline of Joy
Part 6: Be Not Afraid of Life
27. One Day You Will Laugh
28. What Am I Going to Do with My Life?
29. Loving Yourself
30. A Criminal Waste
31. With Both Hands
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About S Wells

Samuel Wells (PhD, University of Durham) is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church at Trafalgar Square in London. He previously served as dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke University. He is the author of several books, including Power and Passion and Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics.
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