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Overcoming Anxiety: 12 Powerful Truths from Scripture for Defeating Worry and Fear

By on Aug 12, 2016 in Book Reviews, Mental Health | 0 comments

John Strange put together a brief summary of biblical teachings on anxiety. He offers a dozen principles for overcoming fear, worry, and anxiety, such as “Welcome the Lord’s Protection and Guidance” and “Don’t Dwell on Tomorrow’s Troubles.” He offers reassuring words for troubled hearts, provides thought-provoking insights, and proposes solutions that are easy to put into practice. For the most benefit, I’d recommend taking time to do some journaling on each of his twelve teaching points about anxiety. Here’s a brief excerpt that hit close to home for me: In the midst of your next anxious moment, pause and ask yourself, “What do I wish I could have right now to calm this worry and fear?” If your answer is “money” then money is your god. If your answer is “time” or “romance” or “a mind-altering substance” then they are your gods. But false gods cannot deliver us from our fears. Jesus is...

Words that Sting by John Strange

By on Jul 16, 2016 in Book Reviews, Grace, Mental Health | 0 comments

Bullies. Trolls. Plain old negative folks. We all encounter criticism from others. In our society driven by social media where people have the means to speak their mind, they often do so without regard to anyone else’s feelings. As an author, I’ve struggled with the sting of negative comments on my blog, criticisms of my content, and negative book reviews. I’ve been on the brink of giving up because of it. I know these people are just bullies, but it still hurts. That’s why I sought out a book that would help shape my perspective. Words that Sting: How to handle destructive criticism like Jesus by John Strange offers a series of principles based on how Jesus dealt with his critics—and he had many who were constantly trying to trap him or plot to kill him. The author draws upon Mark 2 and comes up with application points to help us deal with criticism like Jesus. “When we allow our...

You Aren’t Worthless by Kristin Spencer

By on May 3, 2016 in Book Reviews, Mental Health | 0 comments

You Aren’t Worthless Unlock the Truth to Godly Confidence Kristin Spencer 2015 162 pages   “I am a beautiful and unique creation of His, crafted to do the things He planned for my life, if I should choose to follow Him.” –Kristin Spencer, You Aren’t Worthless In You Aren’t Worthless, Kristin Spencer addresses the almost universal quest for self-worth, self-confidence, or self-esteem. She explains what the Bible has to say and points out where cultural teaching, even within the church, does not line up with the Word of God. The author explains that low self-esteem is really a manifestation of pride. Instead of tackling our low self-esteem, she builds a case for developing honest humility (not false humility) and godly confidence. The book provided some well-thought-out points and the author wasn’t afraid to state the truth, even if it might not be popular. It’s worth a read,...

Stay Encouraged by KP Yohannan

By on Apr 24, 2016 in Book Reviews, Mental Health | 0 comments

Stay Encouraged K.P. Yohannan 2014 50 pages   Stay Encouraged is a booklet by K.P. Yohannan to remind us that when discouragement comes (and it will), look to God. The author says every circumstance is “an opportunity to seek the Lord and rely on Him.” Discouragement is Satan’s favorite tool. As founder of Gospel for Asia, K.P. Yohannan says their ministry receives an average of 25 letters a day from people contemplating suicide. The person always waits until they hear back because people want to be encouraged. “Discouragement and depression happen to a lot of godly people,” writes Yohannan. He goes on to cite numerous godly examples in the Bible who were so depressed they wanted to die: Jonah, Elijah, and even Paul. There was a big difference between then and now. In the Bible, people didn’t try to hide discouragement like we do today. Instead, they came to God and told Him. Psalms is...

Overcoming Negative Self Talk by John Strange

By on Apr 21, 2016 in Book Reviews, Favorites, Mental Health | 0 comments

Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with the Truth of the Gospel John Strange 2014 172 pages   Negative self-talk can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Author John Strange suggests we need to begin by understanding the gospel—the good news about Jesus paying our penalty to buy our freedom through His grace. As we apply the gospel to our lives, we will find the false beliefs at the root of our negative self-talk. The author advises us to acknowledge our pain and examine our beliefs. He suggests we make a list of the things we say to ourselves and read it to a friend. Address each comment to your friend as if saying it to and about her. Then watch her reaction. The look on her face will become a visual reminder for how we should feel about telling ourselves these things. You would never say that to a friend, so why are you saying it to yourself? After identifying negative...