What Women Fear: A Review


One weekend not long ago, my husband graciously surprised me with a hotel room all to myself — no kids, no distractions, just the few books I took along with me.

I read and read and read, ordered room service, and read and read and read some more. One of the books, What Women Fear: Walking in Faith that Transforms, was released in September 2011 by Angie Smith. Its message was so timely for me — so obviously written for Amy Storms — that I wanted to call Mrs. Smith up and scold her for reading my Moleskine.

A brief pause to shudder at the thought of anyone ever reading my journal.

Angie’s first book, I Will Carry You, is also a treasure, as is her blog. But if you know me at all, you understand why What Women Fear speaks my language. Fear is my thing. It’s also been Angie’s:

I have very detailed memories of being hospitalized for anxiety as a child. As early as two or three years old, I began to worry about things that children need not worry about. I would insist that my father walk me around the house when it was time for bed so that I could check to make sure the front door was locked, the stove was turned off, that my baby sister was breathing, etc. I was tormented, even then, by thoughts of what could happen to them if I wasn’t vigilant.

The fear that plagued Angie as a child followed her into adulthood. She shares, “My father will tell you that even when I left for college I was haunted by what might happen in my absence.”

Writing from a place of experience, Angie discusses ten different fears, including the fear of rejection, the fear of death, and the fear of not being significant, and each spoke volumes to my heart. I can torture myself with the crippling “what if’s.” What if my husband isn’t faithful? What if my kids get sick? What if I don’t really matter? Such fear steals my joy, kills my relationships, and destroys my effectiveness.

But there is another way. Jesus came to give life — life to the full! (John 10:10). As Angie says, I can leave a life of fear and walk in a faith that transforms. I can, as Jesus told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).

Angie balances gut-wrenching honesty with laugh-out-loud humor, and grounds it all in God’s Word. The book delves into the lives of biblical characters, relating their struggles with our own: Leah, Job, Midian, the disciples, the woman healed from the issue of blood. Angie uses these stories to encourage and challenge us:

David, who was called a “man after God’s own heart,” experienced the fear of death as his best friend-turned-enemy sought to kill him. In Psalm 55, he says, “My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me” (vv. 4-5)… It gives me peace to know that the Lord has given us examples in His Word of people who were faithful, devoted servants of Christ who had fear. What these examples teach us is that we have an opportunity to glorify God in how we respond to fear.

I read What Women Fear through tears and laughter, and as I said, I read during my hotel stay. When room service arrived with my dinner that evening, I opened the door with this book in one hand, and my cell phone in the other. I held my phone because I was afraid of Mr. Scary Room Service Man! I figured my phone would show him that I was ready to call 911, so he’d better not try anything.

In my other hand, I clutched Angie Smith’s book against my chest. He carried in my dinner, set it down, and nodded toward the book. “So, what do women fear?”

I laughed. “Um, pretty much everything!” Did he know I was afraid of him?

If fear is your “thing” — if you long as I do to move from fear into a faith that truly transforms — then I highly recommend What Women Fear. Angie writes on faith and fear so honestly, beautifully, and biblically that I — Amy Storms, lifelong chicken — closed the book’s pages praying, “OK, Lord, let’s do this thing.”

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Amy Storms is a wife, mom, and writer in Joplin, Missouri. An Oklahoma girl at heart, she lives with her pastor-husband Andy, their kids Nathan, Anne, and Molly, and about a hundred other "sons" in a dorm at her beloved alma mater, Ozark Christian College. Along with guacamole and Dr. Pepper, words are some of her very favorite things. She loves to read words, craft them on the page, and, of course, say them. Too many of them.

  • I’m learning to step right into the fear and just do it, unless I can sense the HS saying that is me saying NO! It is a balancing act.

  • Erin

    I remember all of the times that God has been there for me in the past.

  • JJ

    I’m trying to learn to tell myself the TRUTH in every situation. Not what I am *feeling* at the moment (which is so easy for us emotionally-driven women), but the FACTS: God’s PROMISES. Things I KNOW to be sure and unchanging.

  • Joanne Viola

    I try to find the truth of what it is that I am fearing. In other words, what does Scripture say about it?

  • Becki

    Oh, how I long not to be so fearful! I’m letting go little by little to trust in Him to ease my fears and worries.

  • Berti

    I renounce the fear in Jesus’ name and proclaim/claim God’s promises about that specific thing.. (ex. fear in relationships praying for perfect love that casts out all fear).

  • Can’t wait to read this book! I absolutely love her style of speaking and writing! :)

  • Jennifer

    To overcome fear I need to be more diligent at taking my Lord at his word and kow that perfect love casts out fear and many other verses.

  • To overcome fear in my life, I need to put on the armor of God and keep it on! As a result of this decision, I can no longer be like a child and be tossed to and fro. Thanks for this post. :)

  • I’m learning to focus on my mind on “what is” not “what if” – and not just “what is” about my current situation, but “what is” about my God!

  • Amy

    I have a heritage of fear. So it was natural for me to fear Everything! God has had to work to open my eyes that I am free, link by link of m chain he shows me that he has crushed it & I have been set free.

  • Amy

    Oh I forgot to say what I do, I substitute what other people rely on besides God in whatever situation that I am facing in the below verse and repeat it & repeat it until God makes it true. “Some boast in chariots and some in horses,
    But we (i) will boast in the name of the LORD, our (my) God. “(Psalm 20:7 NASB)

  • Fear has been a major obstacle in my life but fear is simply a symptom of a place where I have not understood God’s love for me. Perfect love casts out fear.

    And faith plays a major role because fear (being more than just an emotion but spirit) will try to dismantle faith in our life and make it inoperable.

    The word of God is the only answer for me. When we are physically sick, we take medicine. Spiritually speaking, we need to take the Word of God to deal with not just the symptom of fear but also the cause of it.

    Another thing that I also do, is take communion…just to remember Him. To bring my mind and heart into focus again.

  • Jessica Boling

    Fear is my biggest enemy, too. It’s the one area where I am perpetually attacked. I’ve experienced a lot of victory, yet this fear monster takes new forms, as if the enemy says, “Okay, so you’re not afraid of THAT now…but what about THIS?”

    Coping takes many forms, but the best by far is to sit at God’s feet and wait for his voice. He does speak and in times where I am anxious, I KNOW his voice because it brings me peace when nothing else can.

  • I often give into my irrational fears, and my mind tends to spiral downward. But, similar to Stacey, I always have to go back to the word of God–the truth.

    This book looks like a great read!

  • My fear is That I’ll waste my life without fulfilling Gods purpose for my life. I try to take over making something happen and have to frequently lay my life back down at his feet.

  • Jodie

    I keep hanging onto God and going back to Scripture. Been doing that a lot the last few years!

  • I overcome fear by praying and speaking God’s command to “fear not”. Anxiety is something I’m working to overcome.

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What Women Fear: A Review

by Amy Storms time to read: 3 min