Befriending Your Monsters

Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light

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"Luke shows us a way through our fears toward the gift of our truest self."--Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward


We all know that the monsters we see on film or read about in books aren't real, but often we miss how those fake monsters can put fur, flesh, and fangs on the very real fears that haunt us. Pastor Luke Norsworthy shows you how to face your monsters, like the monsters of comparison (I am what others say about me), more (I am what I have), and success (I am what I do), and discover how they are warnings that invite you to become a truer version of yourself and have a deeper connection with your Creator.

You'll never completely eradicate your monsters and the fears they represent, but if you befriend them, they can lead you into becoming God's truest intention for you.


"So many of us are trained to run away from our fears. But what if running toward them is what will actually lead to life? Luke brilliantly weaves together stories and theology in a way that is compelling and beautiful and inspiring for anyone desiring to grow more into the likeness of Jesus day by day."--Jefferson Bethke, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion and To Hell with the Hustle

"Thanks to author Luke Norsworthy for giving us a great gift indeed by showing how we can face our fears, overcome the monsters that threaten us, and move forward into a life of virtue and vitality, a deeper, healthier life."--The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop and primate, the Episcopal Church


Luke Norsworthy (MDiv, Abilene Christian University) is the senior minister of Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.. A frequent speaker at universities, retreats, and conferences, he is the host of the popular Newsworthy with Norsworthy podcast and the author of God over Good.


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"So many of us are trained to run away from our fears. But what if running toward them is what will actually lead to life? Luke brilliantly weaves together stories and theology in a way that is compelling and beautiful and inspiring for anyone desiring to grow more into the likeness of Jesus day by day."

Jefferson Bethke, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion and To Hell with the Hustle

"We all know darkness, but few of us know the gift that exists within the darkness. Luke shows us a way through our fears toward the gift of our truest self in Befriending Your Monsters."

Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward

"Befriending Your Monsters helps you see that the darkness you fear might just also be a lifesaving warning. Luke's mixture of humor and wisdom helps you go where you don't want to go, so you can become all that God intends for you."

Ian Morgan Cron, coauthor of The Road Back to You

"Fear can steal, but it can also save. This powerful book gave me practical tools to still my knocking knees, thaw my frozen feet, and face the monsters I didn't even realize were lurking under the bed. More than that, it invited me to excavate the unexpected gifts hidden in the dark places where fear often foments. In an age when monsters are multiplying, I can't recommend this book highly enough!"

Jonathan Merritt, contributing writer for The Atlantic and author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch

"Thanks to author Luke Norsworthy for giving us a great gift indeed by showing how we can face our fears, overcome the monsters that threaten us, and move forward into a life of virtue and vitality, a deeper, healthier life."

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop and primate, the Episcopal Church

"Occasionally, an author finds a teaching opportunity amid the joys and concerns of a culture that allows for meaningful commentary regarding both what is and what could be. In a time when anxiety is falling on all of us, indiscriminately, and between necessary moments of grace, Luke Norsworthy has found a new and creative way to talk about fear. We need this book and, in particular, his gift for naming faith and its varied expressions as the appropriate antidote for a more holistic approach to our lives."

Suzanne Stabile, author of The Path Between Us and coauthor of The Road Back to You


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    Luke Norsworthy

    Luke Norsworthy (MDiv, Abilene Christian University), his wife, Lindsay, and their three daughters live in Austin, Texas, where he is the senior minister of the 1,500-member Westover Hills Church of Christ. A frequent speaker at universities, retreats, and...

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