A small child clutches her beloved stuffed rabbit and faces the wall, blocking out the loud and violent argument between her mother and father. A husband comforts his wife as she dissolves into tears from the diagnosis of a rare brain disease giving her seven horrible years to live. A soldier freezes in fear over the potential of an ambush, unable to force his muscles to move, he brands himself a coward. News from the neighbors about a new sexual predator moving in down the block forces the young mother to gather her children into the house. A husband slumps into chair, slowly telling his wife he has just been laid off from his 25 year job. A family with three small children realize that their health care costs will rise 200%. How do we maintain a courageous fearless lifestyle in the face of our changing culture and world? We live in gated communities for protection. We fight for concealed carry permits. We hedge our bets by buying gold. We become Preppers and move to Montana. Our world can be a fearful place. We step outside our comfort zone and we hesitate. Someone or something slams us into a new terrifying situation and we freeze in confusion. Even weddings bring a small amount of trepidation, especially for the groom, especially when the wedding march begins. Sexual predators live around the block, innocents live in the no man's land between rival gang shoot-outs and drunk drivers continue to wantonly kill on our highways. Economic downturns have given rise to fear downsizing and rotating layoffs. Unemployment rises. Inflation fears arise. Our healthcare cost has skyrocketed. Fear paralyzes our ability to think rationally, act with decisiveness and do what needs to be done. Fear forces us to hide. Yet hiding only increases fear and isolation. Yet this isolation destroys our love, joy and peace of life. We resist giving into the people and circumstances that bring such foreboding to our lives. No Fear teaches you to control your fear and teaches you how to stand
No Fear by Randy Somers was published by Outskirts Press in February 2014. The ISBN for No Fear is 9781478725411.