Years ago, I read a book that changed my life. I was coming out of a period of living in real and perpetual fear. I had made it to safety but I didn’t feel that way yet. I had developed this hypersensitive neurotic dread that made me constantly afraid that something terrible was about to happen. Later, I would realize that what I really had was a version of PTSD and I would be treated accordingly. During those dark days when I was constantly fighting my own unreasonable fear, the only book I read that gave me great comfort was The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. This book helped me to start seeing fear as a gift that has been given by nature to keep me safe. It helped me to see fear as friend rather than foe. I still remember the lessons I learned from that book and feel safer for having read it. I think it’s an important book and recommend it to anyone who wants to live a more secure, aware existence.