From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells us to fear God, but our lives show where our true fears lie. Warping the shape of our lives from day to day, sinful, controlling fear also paralyzes us spiritually: we’re afraid to obey or trust God in the circumstances that scare us, and we care more about what others think of us than what God thinks.
Here the Macks encourage you to embrace the fear that is good for you—showing how the fear of God drives out all other fears and laying the groundwork for a strong foundation for courage in every situation.
This book can be used for individual growth and development, for group study, or for homework assignments for those in counseling.
About the Authors
Wayne Mack lives in Pretoria, South Africa, where he serves as a pastor-elder with his son-in-law and teaches biblical counseling at Strengthening Ministries Training Institute to pastors and aspiring pastors in the region. He also spends about six weeks in the USA teaching at various churches. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children and numerous grandchildren.
Joshua Mack (M.A. in biblical counseling, The Master's College; M.Div., The Master's Seminary; D.Min., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor-teacher of Living Hope Church in Pretoria, South Africa, and Executive Director of 1Hope Ministries International. He and his wife, Marda, have five daughters as well as two boys and one girl in permanent foster care. He is the co-author of Courage andGod's Solution to Life's Problems. You can read more of Joshua Mack's writings at joshnmarda.wordpress.com.
"As a biblical counselor, I love Wayne and Joshua Mack's Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear. I have used it over and over again with folks who struggle with fear. However, the folks I counsel are not the only ones who have benefitted from this book; as a person who can easily be overpowered by fear, I have been the first to benefit. I have been blessed as I have reminded myself repeatedly of the principles this book teaches. The Mack's work stands out among a number of good resources on the subject. I would encourage you to use it first to bless your own life and then use it to bless the lives of everyone you know who might experience the emotion of fear (wouldn’t that be all of us?)." — Amy Baker, Counselor, Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries
"Tragically, fear grips many, many Christians in their daily walk. I say 'tragically' because, while this reality of ongoing fear should not be such a debilitating part of any believer's life, it nevertheless continues to plague countless beleaguered souls. But what to do about it? The answer, of course, is to avail yourself of large doses of God’s inerrant Word, out of which, crippling fear—whatever kind of fear it may be—can be victoriously overcome. And this is simply but marvelously what Wayne Mack's book, Courage attempts to do, Taking Holy Scripture and applying it to the fearful person's woes. If you are one of those professing Christians whose most significant struggle is fear, you've now found in this book a treasure trove of biblical teaching which can wonderfully liberate you from your fear factor." — Lance Quinn, Pastor of Grace Advance at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California
"Dr. Mack and his son, Josh, have been dear friends and mentors to me for over twenty years now. They practice what they preach! They have both personally helped me fight my fears biblically, and they will do the same for you through this super book. Dive in!" — Tim Cantrell, Pastor-Teacher at Antioch Bible Church, Johannesburg, South Africa
"Courage tops the list of books that I regularly recommend for discipleship and counseling. There are few books written that are as helpful a resource to nearly every counselee that walks through my door. Though the subject matter seems broad, it is presented in a biblically sound and comprehensive way that speaks into the lives of hurting people, teaching them to live in the fear of the Lord." — John Street, The Master’s College & Seminary
"Every one of us knows what it is like to be gripped by fear and doubt. Wayne and Josh Mack have served Christ's church well with their new book on how to develop biblical courage. You can always be sure of two things whenever the Macks write a book: it will be filled with helpful truth from Scripture and be extremely relevant to the challenges we are facing today. This book will be a helpful resource to study personally and to give to others in need." — Steve Viars, Faith Baptist Church, Lafayette IN