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Managing Worry and Anxiety (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

        What comes to mind when you think on the word worry? Anxiety? A need to run away? Maybe to fight? Or do you feel like you can't do anything at all? There's no need to panic. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the phrase popular when he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Jesus the Messiah said it this way: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:25-34, Berean Study).

          Jean Holthaus, a licensed social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers, wrote this book--Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges--as an attempt to help those of us better understand and deal with those two issues: worry and anxiety. First and foremost I do believe she is a wonderfully caring woman who desires to help those suffering with worry and anxiety. She quotes Paul, who wrote, "Do not be over-anxious about anything, but...let your request be made known in God's presence" (Philippians 4:6).

          I have to agree with the assessment of the overall message of the book, which is to take a faith-based approach to understand and to better deal with worry and anxiety. To much of both, in my personal life, leads to becoming depressed. As someone who has dealt with all of these things in my own life, I do honestly believe Jean has done a wonderful job with her book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for an honest and fair review.

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