Spiritual Fear Factor
Spiritual Fear Factor looks at a world that is centered on the fear of man and tries to shift that fear towards a life that is marked by the fear of God instead. Tim Abraham uses language and references that we, as millennials, will understand without disregarding the relevancy of the Bible in any time period. He comes up with an equation for calculating your spiritual fear factor which consists of your fear of God over your fear of man and of self. The process of sanctification will hopefully continue to grow the top number and decrease the bottom. Every chapter has a James 1:22 challenge where we are called to “be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Mr. Abraham asks five questions to get you thinking about what you just read and how to apply it to your life in Christ.
I started reading this book with a very skeptical attitude. It seems like it is very rare for someone in my age group to be theologically sound let alone write a book about it. I was pleasantly surprised that Tim Abraham defied my expectations and was Christ honoring. Even in areas I thought he might easily sway to a more politically correct Jesus, he continued to have accurate doctrine. I cannot tell you how refreshing that is, especially for a millennial.
My favorite parts of the book were his six steps to living a new life in Christ and his concluding chapter. The only thing I had a hard time with was his equation for calculating your spiritual fear factor. Unless your number is zero or one hundred, I’m not sure how to actually assign myself a numerical value for how much I fear God and others or myself. I think I can judge which one is higher that day, but not exactly what number it would be. However, this book was, in my opinion, accurate in the biblical sense and encouraging to live a life that puts God first.