About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, July 13, 2018

My Thoughts on "Unafraid" by Carey Scott

"Unafraid" is a book that targets women of all ages. Girls and young women often struggle with anxieties about beauty and attractiveness but older women tend to trade these worries for other concerns. We may no longer be obsessed about our outward appearances but we stress instead over being able to live up to the expectations of family, friends, co-workers and even our fellow church members. This needs to end because God created each of us to be just the way we are. Don't worry about not being pretty enough or smart enough. Don't think that you have to be the perfect wife, mother, grandmother, daughter or sister. Don't feel pressured to be exactly like someone else. I especially appreciate this observation  that author Carey Scott makes on page 253 of this book. "Friend, you're an intentional creation, and He put time and effort into your design. You really are fearfully and wonderfully made, just like we're told in Psalm 139:14." She suggests that we should choose to be Authentic and she uses an acrostic of this word to share nine tips that can change our lives. We need to

Accept Our Awesomeness
Unearth the Untruths
Try Loving Everyone
Hold On To Hope
Extend and Embrace Forgiveness
Never Shrink Back
Trample the Negatives
Invest In Community
Camp In the Word of God

"Unafraid" has thirteen chapters filled with practical advice based on the author's own personal experiences. Carey Scott shares the doubts and fears that she herself has experienced and reading this book makes you feel like you are having a personal conversation with her. She suggests that we need to end our 'counterfeit living' and stop being something that we aren't. Instead of suffering silently and being afraid to speak we need to learn to act bravely and speak boldly. We need to live un-afraid! God's Word is a big part of this book and there are many examples of Biblical people who struggled, suffered and eventually endured; they chose to conquer their fears and their stories provide even more motivation.

The words chosen for the subtitle are also the final words used in "Unafraid". 'Be you. Be authentic. Find the grit and grace to shine'. Perfect beginning and ending words for a book that challenges, inspires and uplifts each person reading it! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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