Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the product company and/or its affiliates in any way.
We often fail to understand the full details of God’s plan for our life. When painful, tragic or unexpected things happen we are quick to turn to anxiety and worry before turning to God and trusting in his plan. Everything unfolds before our eyes in real time on news channels and smartphones. It causes us to panic and forget that God remains in control of our world. By replacing trust with fear we are fighting a losing battle and letting worry get the best of us.
Dr. Winfred Neely poses the following questions early on in this book, giving us something to think about when it comes to how we handle those challenging moments in life. The thought provoking list of questions is as follows:
- How do we overcome worry in an anxiety-filled world?
- How do we obtain victory over worry in situations that are charged with anxiety?
- When a raging sea of anxiety rises up in our souls, how do we keep ourselves from downing?
Providing an answer to these questions that are rooted in God’s word becomes the central focal point of the book. He provides readers with sound biblical references that help us understand how unnecessary it is to worry. Doing so only keeps us from experiencing the true sense of peace that only God can provide.
Facing Anxiety and Worry
When we encounter challenging moments in life, resolution only comes from making a choice. We can let anxiety and worry take control of the situation or hand complete control over to God. Most of us pick option #1 and then try to resolve the problem on our own. For some reason we think that we know best how to handle something, when in actuality we are in way over our heads without the slightest clue as to where or how to start fixing the problem we are facing. The harder we try to swim towards the surface, the faster we sink to the bottom.
Dr. Neely likens this approach to trying to turn off the water faucet of anxiety and worry yet being unable to do so. That results in the anxious and worrisome feelings to continually wash over us with no end in sight. We never get a break from the problem or a chance to stop and breathe for a moment. We remain in a constant state of ‘flight or fight’ as the situation remains unresolved.
He directs our attention to Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It’s a biblical example that illustrates a better way to combat anxiety and worry. In this letter, Paul discusses facing one difficult moment after another, including being sent to prison. Instead of giving in and letting anxiety and worry get the best of him, Paul gives control up to God. By taking this faith based approach, he continually walks in the peace of God regardless of the circumstances he faces.
Dr. Neely encourages readers to be more like Paul and use the power of prayer as opposed to letting anxiety and worry take over the driver’s seat. Prayer is our open communication channel to God. We don’t need to make an appointment beforehand or have everything planned out prior to starting a conversation with God. We just have to willing show up, broken pieces and all, and let God resolve the situation that has us wrestling with anxious and worrisome feelings.
Replacing Worry With Peace
Dr. Neely utilizes Philippians 4:7 as a reference point for why we need to replace feelings of worry with the peace God wants for us. He points out that this bible verse doesn’t say God will never have us face worrisome situations but rather he will help us find peace in those troublesome moments. When we look at it from that perspective it will become easier to turn towards God and away from worry and anxiety. We must also remember that God can resolve any issue we face much easier than we can when we cling to feelings of anxiety and worry.
So Dr. Neely makes a good case for why we need to take a step back and let God resolve our challenging moments. However, is it really that easy to walk with the peace of God instead of walking with worry? To answer this question you need to purchase Dr. Neely’s book and find out for yourself!
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wrestles with constant feelings of anxiety and worry. It’s an issue that sits front and center in my life, which is why I find tremendous value in this book and think you will too!