Our Biggest Fears

What are your greatest fears? When we look at top ten lists of greatest fears, some topics emerge repeatedly. Just turning on the news, opening a website, or listening to the radio can make us afraid to even more dangers and possibilities.

Knowing that others are experiencing any number of terrifying issues, fear can creep up on us as we “try on” the experience others are having. This is empathy, which makes us human. Being empathetic, however, can scare us silly.
Sometimes the best course of action is to face fear head-on. One of the best ways we gather courage to beat back the fear is by reading.

Here are a few titles to consider for your journey:

Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff

Face your fears: living with courage in an age of caution by Shmuley Boteach  

Courage: overcoming fear and igniting self-confidence by Debbie Ford

You have the Power: choosing courage in a culture of fear by Frances Moore Lappé & Jeffrey Perkins 

The gift of fear: survival signals that protect us from violence by Gavin De Becker 

Fear Less: real truth about risk, safety and security in a time of terrorism by Gavin De Becker

Courage: the joy of living dangerously by Osho  

Conquering fear: living boldly in an uncertain world by Harold S. Kushner

Healing through the dark emotions by Miriam Greenspan 

There are courageous acts we can perform daily to transform our fears into great strengths. Fear is just the beginning!

Written by Sarah Anne on September 30, 2013


Fearless on September 30, 2013


Great post, Sarah! Thanks for sharing. So, many let their fears hold them back from their true potential! FEAR=False Evidence Appearing Real!!!

Anonymous on September 30, 2013


these look like great titles for what often seems like uncertain times!

Laurie. on October 4, 2013


I also like your powerzone (books collected by topic) at the Central Library. I plucked A Philosophy of Fear by Lars Svendsen from there and so far, a fascinating read. Thank you!

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