Jump on in.
Even with fear and trembling.
“I think I have been learning about faith as long as I have lived in fear. Maybe longer. Whenever I am afraid, it is because I am also believing in something unseen, and like faith, it too requires an agile imagination. Both seem to have a way of growing bigger depending on how much attention we give them although one seems fed by truth and goodness while the other is fanned by worry and dreaded ‘what ifs.’”
“Sort of like jumping into the sea though your stomach is as jittery as the boat and you call on God out of sheer absolute desperation though you feel anything but spiritual. You feel fear, in fact. Everywhere. But somehow once your skin is submerged in water, that same fear melts into a fear of God and it grips you, holds you close, keeps you safe. Makes you new. And your fear of water, or of men, or of loneliness, or of different people, or of being disabled or forgotten, dissolves like ice cubes on a summer day. You hardly notice the change but you drink it up and thirst for more.”
“This too, like faith, is a gift. Coming from the One who knew before you did that to soothe your soul was his job, not yours. Yours was to jump.”
—from the book
Jo Kadlecek’s masterful storytelling and image-rich life navigates us through fearful episodes and moments of joy. You will grapple honestly with questions of truth, faith, and spiritual freedom. Kadlecek’s God understands and calms fear—a God at work in the inner-city or poolside. Join Kadlecek in finding encouragement and hope as together you comb the shoreline of fear.
About Jo Kadlecek
Jo Kadlecek has been teaching Bible studies, Sunday school classes, retreats, and academic college courses for the past fifteen years. She has been an active member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City since 1996, and an urban neighbor for the past sixteen years. She holds a master’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in humanities.
"Fear not--hard to do. Jo Kadelecek's book is a tender tribute to human hold-back. By opening wide the windows of her heart, she urges us out of our own prisons and into the freedom that faith promises."
--Elisa Morgan, President and CEO of MOPS International
"I thank God for writers like Jo Kadlecek. By telling the messy truth about her own struggle with fear she gave me courage to do the same. And this is just one of the many gifts her book has to give. So go ahead--jump in the deep end. You’ll find every graceful word of Jo's to be a life preserver and a helping hand."
--Charlie Peacock, musician, author of At the Crossroads
"It is wonderfully ironic that a book about fear should be this brave, and that this kind of unflinching--even brutal--honesty should produce such a healing, life-giving work. Whatever fears may bind us, Jo Kadlecek has given us a beautiful reminder (or perhaps a revelation) that the Truth really can set us free."
--Carolyn Arends, recording artist, author of Living the Questions
"A beautifully honest treasure map. Jo Kadlecek invites us on the journey from fear, to faith, to love."
--Kelly Monroe, ed. Finding God at Harvard, founder and director of the Veritas Forum
"Jo's stories combine lofty quotes with gritty, ordinary moments to urge you to keep working through, moving forward, and overcoming when it would be easier to sit it out."
--Jan Johnson, author of When the Soul Listens and Enjoying the Presence of God
"Jo Kadlecek is a gutsy lady! And a wise one. She has intricately spelled out her fear-of-living–creating, in her articulate telling, a microcosm of the human condition. Through this comes, finally, the insight she needs. And it fits us...it truly does."
--Judith Deem DuPree, author of Going Home and I Sing America, and founder of AD LIB
"Jo's voice is the voice of a friend. She writes with the intimacy of conversation, such as you'd delight to share in over coffee or tea. Her goal: that we might all emerge from the reading a little more secure because of faith, despite life's challenges and uncertainties."
--Denise Williamson, author of The Dark Sun Rises