Overcoming Fear with the Recipe of Love, Power and Self-Discipline (Book Review)

Overcoming Fear: The Supernatural Strategy to Live in Freedom by Dawna De Silva is a book that brings a different perspective of the struggle many face with fear. The author utilizes a Scripture-based “recipe” for this, 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads,

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (NLT)

The book details different sources of fear in our lives. These can include wrong mindsets, ungodly beliefs, unhealed hurts or demonic influences. Recognizing these “wrong recipes” can help us learn not to allow fear, stress and anxiety to control us, and instead walk in freedom through the power of God’s Spirit as we come to know truth, love and forgiveness.

An important note: Most of us skip book introductions. Don’t do that with this one! The introduction explains what an inner healing ministry called “Sozo” is, which you’ll need to know when the author mentions it. Skipping the intro may cause you to miss some important tools in a journey toward freedom from fear and other lies that may be affecting your life and relationships.

Testimonies from the Bible and real life examples shared in the book enhance understanding and even recognizing our own personal struggles. For example, have you ever tried to control something in your life? This was probably due to a fear buried somewhere, whether you realize it or not. Or have you ever been hesitant to share something with someone because you were afraid of rejection?

The beginning chapters contain Scriptures on specific topics to get you started in meditating on the truth of God’s Word. Each chapter also includes:

  1. Group Discussion Questions (for use in a small group)
  2. Activation Prayers (to help you actually apply the truths presented in each chapter, such as searching your heart for any unforgiveness toward someone)
  3. Declarations (can be used alongside Scripture to think on, journal, and memorize God’s truth)

Some tips for getting the most out of this book:

  • Seek to apply the recommended Scriptures and principles consistently.
  • Use the “Activation Prayers” as conversation starters between you and God to get to the bottom of fears you need to overcome, people you need to forgive, etc.
  • Stay in an ever-growing relationship with God, in His Word and community with other godly believers.

At the end of the book, you’ll find a Glossary of Terms used that you might not be familiar with. I suggest if you come across a term or phrase you don’t understand, check this section first before moving on.

In some ways, I would’ve liked the book to be more straight forward or perhaps step-by-step in approach in certain chapters. Sometimes I had to wade through things in a few sections to find the wisdom that stood out as most helpful to me.

As one who struggles with fear and anxiety, I will admit I am often lax in doing my part in overcoming fear and anxiety. Nonetheless, the truth is that we must do our part to apply God’s principles so we can be set free from fear’s hold on us. As a quote from the book reads, “Achieving a fear-free lifestyle takes work.” Remember that simply reading through a book and expecting to get free of fear without doing your part isn’t going to work. If you are ready to dive in and do your part, this book is a worthwhile asset to the journey.

*** I was given a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own. ***

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