ARC Review: Managing Worry and Anxiety by Jean Holthaus

Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal With Life’s Challenges by Jean Holthaus, LIWS, LMSW

Published January 21st, 2020 by Revell

Genres Nonfiction, Self Help, Christian

Pages 224

Source Review copy provided by Revell

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Scripture says “be anxious for nothing,” yet most of us find ourselves increasingly worried and anxious–about our families, our jobs, our finances, our security, and so much more. We’re even worried about our level of anxiety! Integrating both the psychological and spiritual aspects of anxiety, therapist Jean Holthaus offers this research-driven and faith-informed approach to understanding why we experience anxiety and shows us how to effectively manage it by developing three essential skills:

– living in the present moment
– suspending judgment
– believing yourself to be competent and equipped by God

Our world is never going to be a completely safe and understandable place. But with Holthaus’s help, our hearts and minds can experience greater and lasting peace.

I was really interested to read this book, as I have read so many books on anxiety in the past and I am always curious as to what newer books might say. Managing Worry and Anxiety is a great resource for anyone struggling with mental illness who wants to approach it from a Christian perspective. One of the great things about this book is that the author also dedicates an entire chapter to explaining how biology affects anxiety, which I believe is so important. Many of us who suffer from anxiety disorders and the people around us, need to understand that it is biological in nature and things like genetics can also play a big part. The author includes relevant scripture throughout the book and provides a variety of tools to help readers manage their anxiety. There is also a chapter about stopping judgement which is something that most people I know, who struggle with anxiety, also struggle with. Judging one’s self for “failing” or not being good enough because of your anxiety is also very common.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I really liked the author’s insights and the way she put it all together. It is one I would recommend for anyone looking for help managing their anxiety from a Christian perspective.

Thank you to the publisher, Revell, for providing me with a review copy of this book.

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