Face it: The world has become a scary place. Maybe it’s always been this way, but it seems the last decade or so has amped up the fear factor. The flames of fear often get fanned by the media. “New terror plots suspected! Details at eleven.” Fear-generating events, whether the concrete kind that dramatically disrupt your life, or the more subtle, abstract, often imaginary ones that can become a chronic life-style, and will accompany us all our lives. There is no hiding place from the fear-drenched challenges of life.
We live in frightful times. Terrorism, pandemics, environmental disaster, economic collapse, moral decay—these are just a handful of the problems we encounter, and things seem to be getting worse. If you’re not afraid, you’re just not paying attention. Fear Knots does not promote denial, but rather urges readers to face up to their fear-saturated life challenges. You cannot avoid being afraid but you can learn how to transform fear into faith, intimidation into inspiration and manipulation into motivation.
Fear can also be a positive and powerful source of motivation. Fear keeps us from touching a hot stove, walking too near a cliff edge, or turning the wrong way on a one-way street. Fear can provide us with energy and focus to deal with the frightening circumstances we face. But if we allow fear to tie us up in knots, it can cause emotional paralysis, physical pain and relational stress.
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Dr. Ken Nichols graduated from Cedarville University, earned a master’s degree from Wright State University, and a second master’s and doctorate from Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, Biola University. Dr. Nichols is the Executive Director of the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors, a division of the American Association of Christian Counselors, located in Forest, Virginia. He is founder and president of ALIVE Ministries, a counseling, conference and consulting ministry. Ken and Marlene have been married for 44 years and have three children and six grandchildren. Dr. Nichols has written additional books and booklets to help people deal with the various challenges of life. Topics include Freedom from Anger; Overcoming The Overwhelming, The Healing Freedom of Forgiveness and Maximizing Marriage. These and many others resources are available through his Alive Ministries web site.(www.aliveministries.net)