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The Fear Book: Facing Fear Once and for All

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Rather than explaining typical strategies for overcoming fear, this book focuses on examining how fear is experience, how to recognize that experience as nothing more than conditioned reaction to circumstance, and how to mentor oneself into letting go of beliefs about "appropriate" responses to fear. The notion is debunked that fear is anything other than a label we have l ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Keep It Simple Books
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J
Oct 25, 2010 added it
These jumped out at me:

pg 1-2
Fear is a very useful signal along the path to freedom. The stronger the fear, the closer you are to what you are seeking. If you want to stay "safe" (i.e., stuck where you are), fear tells you to stop what you are doing. But if you want to be free, fear lets you know you are on the right track, it is a signal to push ahead in the same direction, to pick up the pace.

pg 54 - 55
If you no longer believe what fear tells you, you will live and it will not. That is a point
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Erin S
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am wondering whether I should wait to write a review of this book after I have time to process it, but frankly I am riding a high of all the insights Huber has given me into the way fear manifests itself, so I am going to write my review now.

The cover of the The Fear Book, the handwriting, and the illustrations all give it the appearance of some children's guidebook to conquering the monster under the bed, but, as Huber says, looking at the magician's hands makes you miss what is actuall
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Stephen
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No one can summarize this better than my own daughter so I'm pasting her review after this paragraph. This is an exceptional book that shows length has nothing to do with excellence, and can even detract from it--this book should not be a word longer.

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Wow. I am wondering whether I should wait to write a review of this book after I have time to process it, but frankly I am riding a high of all the insights Huber has given me into the way fear manifests itself, so I am going to write my review
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Shahab Y-achille
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by the quality of the content this book had to offer . No secret methods or BS theories , the author tells you why it would be better to understand your fears rather than avoid or conquer them . It has helped to understand a different approach to fear. This is a book I would a have to re-read multiple times , but it’s well worth it .
Colored Ink
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book looks simple, even childish, but is very powerful. I was loaned this book and read it several times before returning it. May need to get a copy of my own, to re-read once in a while.

I was in a very, very dark and scary place at the time, almost paralyzed by a set of seemingly-insurmountable circumstances, and unable to handle (or even deal with civilly) the well-meaning advice of friends and family. I did not take well to being handed this book, but eventually, in desperation, sat up i
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Eli
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
OK. I "get it" a lot better now. This book is an excellent tool for starting to disassociate oneself from one's fear and get a good look at it – to get to the bottom of it and maybe work through it. There's enough difference from The Depression Book that I didn't feel like I was rereading the same book, but enough overlap that I could say, "Yeah, I needed to hear that again." Another great step along my (or anyone's) road back to wholeness. ...more
Eshaneh
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of self-help books out there, but this is much more than a self-help book. Reading this book is more like having a conversation with a wise being who gently guides you to listen to your inner voices of wisdom and clarity. I know I will come back to this book again and again, and I wish I had read it earlier.
Patty
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't think this book would have a lot for me, since I don't think of myself as experiencing "fear" that often. But I do experience "anxiety," and in reading this book I realized they are essentially the same thing. Huge, helpful awareness. ...more
Coyora Dokusho
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this, IT WAS EXCELLENT. It's one of those books you read again and again and again. I forgot to review it at the time... and I think I read it in... August? - Best guess.

It was really, really helpful.
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Tarin
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love cheri huber books...She is a budhist monk....and her books are really easy reading... she hand writes the book and includes really cute hand drawn sketches to illustrate her ideas.
Adit Deshpande
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it
A decent read here imo. Largely agreed with a number of ideas, but also found some arguments to be unpersuasive and simplistic. As a result, didn't get a whole lot out of this.

(+) Agreed with the compassionate awareness piece and about viewing emotions from a 3rd person POV and not identifying strongly with them.
(+) Made me think about the impact parents' actions can have on their kids.
(-) Felt confused when the author seemed to be pushing the idea that fear is this all-bad emotion and somethi
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Nick
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Enjoyed, but mildly. I (not sure why really) had high expectations for this book because of the "fear" theme. At this point in my life, more than addition, I am looking to remove certain things from my being - fear being one of them. The book's design gave it a ceiling immediately - written in big font hand writing. It did have little doodles/pictures that I enjoyed and the ease of read was nice. Huber fell into the classic "case study syndrome" that many of these type of books fall into, toward ...more
Frank
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
An excellent guide to understanding the many ways that fear can manifest itself and how we can reconceptualize the experience of fear so that we can lead fuller and more rewarding lives.

“Fear is a very useful signal along the path to freedom. The stronger the fear, the closer you are to what you are seeking. If you want to stay "safe" (i.e., stuck where you are), fear tells you to stop what you are doing. But if you want to be free, fear lets you know you are on the right track, it is a signal t
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Julia
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book echoes my favorite lesson from a clinical social work class: The secret is that there is no secret. The author explains that the belief that there is a "right" and "wrong" way of overcoming any obstacle keeps us stuck. She instead teaches us how to be our own compassionate mentors along our life's journey. What a gift! ...more
Justme
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Should be read by all teens and reread by all adults planning to be parents! And the fact that such a quick read could make a TREMENDOUS difference in the well-being of your child...well, it's never too late! ...more
Kara
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely, meditative read—biggest takeaway: being a mentor to yourself is the quickest way to eliminate fear.
Jason Gill
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book for anyone struggling with fear. The author has a clear way of breaking down why we have fear and how to make efforts to avoid it.
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C.E. G
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
A patron recommended this author to me, and while I got some stuff out of it, it was different from what I expected. Much of what Huber says seems to address a specific kind of fear: an anxiety about performance. This is helpful, but I would also be interested in hearing her talk about fear induced by trauma. Like, she looks a lot at fear of trying something new or failing that has come about by adults telling you how to be careful growing up. But what about fear that isn't socially prescribed, ...more
Sparrow Knight
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dharma, spirituality
A quick read, getting to the heart of zen practice...staying in the midst of strong emotion & investigating its nature, how it rules our lives & destroys our freedom. Huber's writing sometimes left people confused in our small study group, but sorting that out actually made for good discussions, gave everyone an opportunity to express their understanding of what was being said about practicing with fear. This often lead to insight into fear's nature, or new perspectives on how to approach workin ...more
Ariane
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: health, non-fiction
Pretty good, quick little read with a few "aha" moments. My moderate rating is just because it was a bit repetitive in parts, and some of the writing wasn't very clear. I've got a few of her others in my to-read pile though, and am still looking forward to them! ...more
C2015
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
So good. Love Cheri's books. Had this book for years and finally read it. Ya gotta love zen. A new way of looking at fear...its not the content, ie what you are of afraid of but the process. Awareness is the key. ...more
Michael
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Filled with platitudes that don't really say much of anything, I found Chris Huber's The Fear Book to be vaguely annoying. While the basic precepts are sound, and the examination of the process and experience of fear interesting, the overall thrust of the book was not very useful for me. ...more
Jay
Quick read but lots of information written in a very informal manner. The main theme of the book is to see fear for what it is and to identify it as only fear and not allow it to overwhelm your ability to live.
Jenn
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Did not like it as much as her others, but it was still helpful.
Nspirebliss Meyer
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any soul living a human experience.
Emily
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
so uncomfortable it just might work
Cathyannebaron Baron
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's like reading someone's journal. It's eye opening and inspiring. ...more
Uppie
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Simple writing, easy to read, but some good nuggets of wisdom if you're struggling with any of those little inner fear-monsters. ...more
Kathleen
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Life changing book. Learn to be your own mentor
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Cheri Huber, author of 20 books, has been a student and teacher of Zen for over 35 years. In 1983, Cheri founded the Mountain View Zen Center, and in 1987 she founded the Zen Monastery Peace Center near Murphys, California. She and the monks at the Monastery conduct workshops and retreats at these centers, other places around the U.S., and internationally.

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