Fearless Stride: Faithfully Resilient in Christ
What if instead of being 'fine,' I could be fearless? Fearless in my love for Christ. Fearless in my pursuit of His will for my life. Fearless in my willingness to sacrifice self for others. Being fearless alone can be reckless, but being fearless in Christ, I learned, can be transformative. Designed as a twelve-week devotional series, Fearless Stride is rooted in understanding Christ and answering the question of what it means to take “fearless strides” and live authentically for Him. To develop this sense of fearlessness, we first need to practice resilience. As the events and hardships of life shape us, we are forced to re-evaluate our purpose. We can either let life sink us, or we can find a new way to float, coupled with an eagerness to swim forward. Resilience is a much about our outlook as it is about the circumstances in our lives that shape our beliefs and perspectives. This book is not merely another training plan for practicing faith, it is a life plan to take one fearless stride after another to become the person God intended you to be. The physical, emotional, and spiritual components of living in Christ are discussed alongside concrete examples and ideas for tangible output in the faith life of a believer. Through devotions such as “Grace & Grit,” “Hustle & Hardship,” “Challenge & Courage,” and “Attitude & Adversity,” Fearless Stride will guide readers to conquer fear and allow hope to manifest itself into progressive action designed to serve the Kingdom of God.
Andrea Cladis holds an MFA from Fairfield University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Elmhurst College with degrees in English Writing, Interdisciplinary Communications, French, and Secondary Education. A former journalist and High School English teacher, she currently works as a college professor, freelance editor, writing consultant, and fitness professional. She has worked for Delnor Hospital's Marketing and Public Relations Department, for neighborhood magazines, and as a feature writer for Shaw Media. She has been published by SAGE Academic, The Greek Star, various literary journals, and online publications including Thought Catalog, Elite Daily, and Patch.com. She is also the author of the memoir, Tatsimou, Hold On (Adelaide Books, 2018), the Christian nonfiction book, Finding the Finish Line: Navigating the Race of Life through Faith & Fitness (CrossLink Publishing, 2017), and the poetry collection, Forgotten Coffee (Adelaide Books, 2019). She has written extensively for online news websites, print magazines, local newspapers, and social media blogs. Known for her local opinion columns, Andrea's writing has been described as “emotive, yet brazen, seasoned with thinly veiled cynicism, and a pinch of sarcasm.” Andrea is an Advisory Board Member for Cambridge Scholars Publishing and maintains a personal site about faith, fitness, and writing which can be explored at www.andreacladis.com.