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On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace Paperback – August 22, 2016
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The deeply personal stories Hallie Lord shares are humorous, fun, and delightful—yet packed with jaw-dropping insights. It is not an exaggeration to say that this book will change your life. —Jennifer Fulwiler, SiriusXM radio host and bestselling author of Something Other than God
Jesus said "Be Not Afraid.” Saint John Paul II said "Be Not Afraid." But I'm afraid to say...I still have lots of fears in life. After reading this book, Hallie Lord will be the third voice in my head reminding me to "Be Not Afraid" and to trust in God. Thanks Jesus, JPII, and Hallie! —Lino Rulli, Host, "The Catholic Guy" on SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Hallie Lord goes toe-to-toe with fear and provides a witty and fearless response in the face of such challenges today. On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace is a remarkably truthful book that not only encourages us but also illuminates the sources behind many fears today in order to root them out and live fearlessly in and with Christ. —Leah Darrow, author of Decent Exposure
"Don't be afraid. Just have faith" (Luke 8:50). When we hear these words of Jesus, we may well reply, "Yes, Lord--but how?" In this wise and witty book, Hallie Lord offers penetrating, practical insights from years of struggle with fear in its various forms. In the end, her personal victories over anxiety powerfully illustrate the biblical truth that "there is no fear in love" (1 John 4:18). —Paul Thigpen, author of Manual for Spiritual Warfare
The Bible is filled with encouragement to not be afraid. It's the first command of every angel and the first word spoken by Jesus on Easter. Yet how hard it is! In this wonderfully uplifting book, Hallie Lord shows us how to tap into the strong confidence of faith to conquer our daily concerns. She doesn't ignore fear, which can never be banished, but confronts it and reveals how we can loosen its grip. Vulnerable, poignant, and inspiring, this is the book you need if you've ever been worried or unsure about life. —Brandon Vogt, author of RETURN: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church
"In a culture awash (and adrift) in marginally helpful self-help books, Hallie Lord truly has launched into the deep with this worthy book. It brims with practical advice and gracious personal encouragement for all who (like all of us) struggle at times with fear and discouragement." — Patrick Madrid, radio host
I think all women struggle with fear on some level. We lose that carefree part of our spirit as we realize how precious and fragile life can be. With her relatable, humorous, and warm writing style, Hallie Lord manages to encourage, challenge and, most importantly, make you feel normal. Pick this book up today and get ready for a fun ride. You will find yourself nodding your head, laughing out loud and breathing a big sigh of relief that it's all going to be okay. – Melanie Shankle, NY Times Bestselling author of Nobody's Cuter Than You
Hallie Lord is a gifted and graceful writer whose wisdom is hard-won – and all the more compelling as a result. For women struggling to replace fear with faith, this intimate, funny and poignant account of Hallie’s own struggle offers a roadmap toward peace, from an author who feels like a friend. – Colleen Carroll Campbell, journalist, former presidential speechwriter and author of My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir and The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy
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What happened to that girl?
What happened to the girl who was not afraid to climb to the top of the waterfall and jump. Who backpacked across Europe? Who took on any "feat of bravery" without batting an eyelash? You wouldn't recognize her she's become that woman paralyzed by fear, scared to death to trust God, and trying to manage her family's hectic life, financial crises (yes, plural), and family issues on her own steam.
Asking always, "Does God truly love me?"
Relatable, touching, and yet hopeful On the Other Side of Fear is the beautiful story of how one young woman learned to live in God's will, without fear.
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She approaches her life from a Catholic perspective, but I beleive no matter your faith, you will gain so much from reading her beautifully composed words of peace, love, and faith in every circumstance.
Thank you for this book Hallie Lord!
That being said, this is a great book. Trusting in God is one of those things that sounds easy, but is, actually, quite hard, as Hallie writes so vividly about. Her struggle to trust in God even when there's no money in the checking account, when they need to find a place for their family of 9 to live, when she's terrified that her art isn't good enough....basically, everything (minus the family) that I know well. Hallie's soulful writing tells us how she began to let go and REALLY trust in God, and how it's a work in progress. It was so helpful to me to hear that Hallie's STILL working on this.
I underlined a lot of passages, and I think you will too.
So I did what I could to minimize the panic: I made my husband plan everything we’d do, I tried not to think about it, and I told no one that I was feeling so frightened by the idea of hiking into the Canyon.
Not long before we left for our trip, I got Hallie Lord’s book, On the Other Side of Fear, knowing that I had some issues with anxiety. It’s not just the fear of heights, but it’s worrying over whether or not I’m raising my kids right or giving them a good education at home, whether or not I can build up our emergency fund again, wondering if I’m instilling a love of God in my girls’ hearts that will carry them through their lives and keep them in the Church … You name it, I can probably worry about it.
I made the decision that I would read Hallie’s book on vacation, so our first full day at our resort, I sat by the pool while the girls went swimming and I started to read. So much of the book made sense to me, and the combination of anecdotes and advice was the perfect mix. I got about halfway through the first day, so when we went to the Grand Canyon on Monday morning, I was ready to start facing my fears.
“Don’t live in the wreckage of the future” was the first piece of advice that stuck with me. Most of the things I was worried about hadn’t happened, and weren’t likely to happen, either. If I kept focused on that fact, I could battle the fears I had about hiking in and around the Canyon. All day on Monday, as we hiked the Rim Trail and parts of Grandview Trail, I reminded myself that my family was being careful, they weren’t taking unnecessary risks, and they weren’t going to fall. It was going to be okay. I kept feeling braver and braver as the day went on.
In another part of the book, Hallie talks about Feats of Bravery: times when you rush at your fear and face it, pushing your boundaries. I made the decision to push myself. Throughout the week, I would walk out onto the ledges that are all along the trails, each time getting closer and closer to the ledge so I could look over. I started taking selfies near ledges (VERY CAREFULLY!): getting into position, feet spread for maximum stability, and finally raising the camera for that “WOW” picture. (Some people decry the amount of selfies taken, as if we are the most important thing there. Trust me, there are lots of panoramas and photos of the Grand Canyon. My ledge selfies were testimonies to my growing bravery!) My Snapchat feed was filled with me talking about feeling anxious, getting braver, beginning to enjoy the views … It’s a documentary of me overcoming my fears, one ledge at a time!
By the end of the trip, never mind me not freaking out when my family stood close to the edge of the Canyon's rim! I was sitting on ledges and dangling my feet off!
When I say this book changed my life, I am not exaggerating.
Her stories were so incredibly relatable. Hallie bears her soul in a way that makes the reader feel as if she is an intimate friend. I love reading about people like her who have taken crazy leaps of faith because it inspires me to do the same.
It was such an incredibly uplifting read and I know that I will reread it in times when I need a little boost in my faith life or any time I need to remember that "God is Crazy". After all, as Seal would say - "we're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy".