Book Reviews

Book Review: Afraid Of All The Things, by Scarlet Hiltibidal

Synopsis (From

What does the gospel say about your fears? What does it say about the irrational ones, like sinkholes in the Target parking lot? How does it speak to the rational ones, like pet scan predictions? And does the gospel have a word for the fears you feel you’ll have for life, like the possibility of losing the one you love most?

Growing up in the green room of SNL, being born to a fire-eater and adopted by a SWAT cop, having internal organs explode, and adopting a deaf girl from China, Scarlet Hiltibidal has been given some strange life experiences—and lived in fear through most of them.

But life changed for Scarlet when she learned to hold the gospel up to her fears. She realized that though she can’t fix herself or protect herself, Jesus walked into this broken, sad, scary place to rescue, love, and cast out her—and your—fear.

Seeing life in light of the cross will help you avoid fear, overcome fear when you can’t avoid it, and live beyond fear when you don’t overcome it. You don’t have to be afraid of all the things.

My Review

I am not sure where to begin with this review. This book landed on my doorstep on one of the most anxious days I’ve had in months, and I am so grateful.

The book itself is divided into three sections: My Fears Do Not Define Me, My Fears Will Not Defeat Me, and My Fears Aren’t Forever. Hiltibidal is honest about the root of her fear, her journey with fear, her discovery of applying the Gospel to it, and the fact that she still falls into believing her fears sometimes.

What I love most about this book is that, although I very much identify with the author in some of her specific fears and in how the root of fear first took up residence in her life, this book is not ultimately about Hiltibidal. It is about Jesus. You will find yourself reading along to stories about the author’s life, laughing at times, identifying at other times, and then – bam! – she takes you to church with the Gospel truth. Jesus is the answer. Jesus has defeated death and every sad and fearful thing this world can throw at us.

She does not give pat answers. On the contrary, she acknowledges that terrible, awful things happen this side of heaven, but points her readers back to the truth that it is all temporary and that we can have peace in the midst of any (yes, any) storm.

If you are a person who tends to worry, or if you are in a season of life that is causing fear and anxiety, please go get this book. You will not get a checklist of “how to overcome fear” from it. You will get something even better. You will get reminders over and over and over again about who Jesus is, how powerful He is, and that because of this we need not be a slave to fear. We can rest.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by B&H Publishers in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. I will never (I mean, never) recommended something on here that I would not recommend to my besties. Also, this book is the best. 

Book Review Afraid Of All The Things, by Scarlet Hiltibidal

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