Paths of Fear: An Anthology of Overcoming Through Courage, Inspiration, and Love (Pebbled Lane Books) (Volume 1)
Connie Kerbs, author
Paths of Fear is a rich exploration on a universal experience and one of our most primal emotions, one we all eventually face in one form or another. It is an interesting and informative work chocked full of diverse stories and helpful ideas. Poetic voices, old and new, are pleasantly woven throughout this compelling excursion through one of the most intense aspects of the human psyche – fear. The collection contemplates a broad range of fears from that which manifests in screams of sheer terror, to that immobilizing, fear-ridden freeze. This deep dive into fear sheds light on that deep, dark discouragement that tells us “how we will fail.” It exposes the furtive belief sometimes rooted in us that “you aren’t good enough;” a destructive idea cultivated in toxic environments which erode us from the inside out. Thought-provoking narratives show fear can be dealt with insightfully, with dignity and grace, or defiantly on one’s own terms, all inspiring in their own right. This part psychological survey, part positive self-help, part historical head-nod, and part spiritual essay spotlights the true antidote to fear - love, of one kind or another. Secularly accessible, but decidedly faith-based, Paths of Fear de-masks the monsters of circumstance, and surfaces the innermost demons buried within. It is a pleasingly poignant reveal of courage, faith, and modern scientific knowledge balanced with age-old wisdoms that encourage us to rely on healthy self-confidence, a sincere love of others and hearty hope in our God to prevail through all our fears.