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Fight Your Fears: Trusting God's Character and Promises When You Are Afraid

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What are you afraid of?

We all have fears, and many of us struggle with very real anxiety caused by our fears. Fears about the future; fears about health, job, and family; fears about inadequacy and failure; fears about how much fear itself seems to affect our decisions, plans, and growth in this life. In his Word God commands us not to be afraid, but how is this possible?

Kristen Wetherell is in the fight with you, day-by-day making strides in this battle. In Fight Your Fears she carefully explores and unpacks ten of God's great and precious promises, equipping you with truth and practical tools to help you overcome the fears and anxious thoughts that rob you of your joy.


Table of Contents:

Introduction: From One Fearful Person to Another

Section One: The Problem of Fear

1. I am God (When You Aren’t Afraid Enough)

2. I Have Saved You (When You Fear Condemnation)

Section Two: God, Who is Worthy to Be Feared

3. I am Sovereign (When You Fear Not Being in Control)

4. I am Good (When You Fear the Worst)

Section Three: God’s Precious and Very Great Promises

5. I Will Provide (When You Fear You Won’t Have Enough)

6. I Will Protect You (When You Fear Evil)

7. I Will Never Leave You (When You Fear Loneliness)

8. I Have Accepted You (When You Fear Failure)

9. I Will Judge You (When You Fear Man)

10. I Am Alive (When You Fear Death)

Conclusion: Fight Your Fears…And Keep Fighting



Kristen Wetherell is a wife, mother, and writer. She's the coauthor of the award-winning book Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God's Purpose in Your Suffering. Kristen lives in Chicagoland with her husband, Brad, and their daughter.



"In a culture that combats fear with believe-in-yourself strategies, Kristen equips believers with biblical truth to actively fight fear by loving Christ more. I'm grateful for such a practical tool to help me preach truth to myself." - Ruth Chou Simons, bestselling author of GraceLaced and Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship

"Kristen will show you how to fight fear: See more clearly who God is, hear more fully what He promises, and match what you see and hear to the things you fear the most. Forget the futility of trying to work up strength and courage you know you don't have, and find biblical hope in this honest, realistic, and perceptive book." - Colin S. Smith, senior pastor, The Orchard; president, Unlocking the Bible,

"I encounter women almost daily who are facing paralyzing fears of every kind. The agony is written on their faces. They know God is greater than their fears, but it's puzzling how to trust His promises in the midst of real-life, knock-me-down heartache. Kristen Wetherell's Fight Your Fears is a must-read book for anyone battling the enemy of fear. It's packed with theological truth minus the Bible-story pat answers. It leads us to the cross of Christ to overcome fear by cultivating the right kind of fear--fear of the Lord. Rather than making us feel guilty for having anxiety, it offers gospel hope as the key to freedom from its bondage. Fight Your Fears receives my highest recommendation!" - Leslie Bennett, manager of Women's Ministry Initiatives, Revive Our Hearts

"Too often, Christians live with an incomplete definition of fear. We either think courage means a life of false bravado and 'living our truth,' or we succumb to an unhealthy fear of men and circumstances. Finally, there is a book that tells us what God's Word says about this important subject, a book that points us toward a confident faith in the Christ who has conquered all things. If worry has paralyzed your soul, this book will help you both fight unhealthy fears and embrace the fear of the Lord. Those of us who too often live scared lives can find freedom and walk tall in the power of God. And Kristen Wetherell helps us do that." - Daniel Darling, vice president of communications, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and author of several books, including The Dignity Revolution

"With biblical insight, relatable context, and powerful challenges, Kristen Wetherell accomplishes her goal: not to make her readers less afraid but more afraid of what's right to fear. It's difficult to walk away from this book without feeling conviction about our disordered fears and the comfort available to those who fear God." - Lore Ferguson Wilbert, author of Handle with Care

"Fear of God is perhaps one of the least understood--and most distorted--teachings in the Christian faith. Some are paralyzed by it, while others reject it altogether. In the midst of this confusion, Kristen Wetherell has written a clear and thoughtful guide. With the heart of a teacher, Kristen identifies the key to sorting out this difficult topic and points us to a better way." - Sharon Hodde Miller, author of Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It's Not about You

"Fight Your Fears doesn't promise to take away your anxiety but instead offers something more valuable--to help you trust God when you're afraid. Steeped in Scripture, this book will help you fight your fears through remembering God's character, reciting his faithfulness, and resting in his promises. As you do, you'll be drawn to the Savior, confident that he'll never fail you." - Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author of The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering

"In theory, we should have fewer fears than any generation before us. We are surrounded by security systems, advanced medicine, organic food, and endless information on glowing rectangles in our pockets. And yet, it turns out, even 'sophisticated moderns' are scaredy-cats. What's wrong with us? Why are we so deeply, miserably afraid? Will we ever find relief from the worries that hum beneath the surface of our lives? Questions like these haunt us, which is why I am so grateful for Kristen Wetherell's timely new book. With piercing clarity and concrete counsel, she takes us by the hand and leads us over slippery terrain to the Rock of ages. I will be recommending Fight Your Fears widely to others, and returning to it often myself." - Matt Smethurst, managing editor, The Gospel Coalition; author of Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures for Approaching God's Word

"Kristen has written a compassionate and helpful resource, pointing us to our source of help and courage. Calling us to lift our eyes from the ground to the sky, Kristen shows us a God that is infinitely more powerful than our deepest fears and whose care for us is tender, gentle, and kind." - Laura Wifler, cofounder, Risen Motherhood; podcaster; coauthor of Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments