Thursday 20 February 2020

Book Review: Managing Worry and Anxiety

From The Back:

Proven ways to increase peace, worry less, and live with more joy
Scripture says "do not be anxious about anything," 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 more 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. In the midst of this, our hearts and minds can still experience greater and lasting peace. The practical tools Holthaus offers help us get there.
My Reflections:
I was slightly hesitant to read another Christian based book centring on the topic of mental health. I find many of these types of writings can often play down the actual root of the problem. As a Christian and as a person who suffers from anxiety and depression I didn't want to hear that I needed to just be a better Christian or that my issues were apart of sin in my life. This book was, however, a breath of fresh air. There is no judgment just clarity and tools for your toolbox. This is not a book that you will read and it will make everything better, but an explanation in medical terms as to why and what can cause these types of illnesses. You will also find practical insight into your thought process and how to live mindfully.

Jean Holthaus uses her skills as a therapist to break down what anxiety is, what causes it and the resources available to manage it. I loved that she cohesively uses faith-based teaching along with scientifically proven theories and research. Holthaus also explains the use of how therapy and medication can play a role in improving a person's journey. Usually, most of the self-help books I have read published by Christian authors seem to miss the mark where medication comes into play, sometimes it is a key factor in balancing the brain's chemical imbalances. 

You will find 11 chapters that help explain and help deal with worry and anxiety, you will also find a wealth of drawings and diagrams explaining the human experience. It is a very well written book, and I believe this would not only benefit people who have anxiety and depression but also the clinicians who serve them. I also think that think this kind of teaching should be taught in every school across the world. We all can benefit from understanding the way the human body works and how our views can affect our perception of the world. 

This is a well written, comprehensive read. You will want to take this one at a slow pace so that you can really marinate in the teachings, otherwise, you may miss out on some valuable lessons. I am so blessed to have been able to review this book.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Jean Holthaus

Jean Holthaus, LISW, LMSW, has more than 25 years' experience providing therapy. She currently works as a clinician and manages two clinics for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Her professional experience includes working with individuals, couples,...
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