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My mother says I’m just smarter than your average cookie and that is the reason I worry more than I should (see story here). But depending on what provider you talk to, I have a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder with an unhealthy dose of perfectionism. Regardless of the reason, I’m a worrier.
I’ve tried chanting the serenity prayer and taken St. John’s Wort and even a prescription medication or two, but the fact remains that at any given time, I’m worried about something. If a situation resolves (like the real estate ugliness last month), my mind will actually start scanning for something to worry about. Worse, I have “triggers,” so certain things will send me into an actual panic attack. It’s frustrating.
So when I saw the book Why Worry? Getting to the Heart of Your Anxiety was going to be released in January, I decided that perhaps it would be a good book for me to study. I consider myself a Christian, so I knew I would not be offended by its biblical slant, and anything that can help me reset my brain is a good thing.
As a booklet, it was a quick read. It wasn’t a quick and easy read for me, though, but that’s because of my own fallacies and not those of the writer; frankly, I kept putting the book down because I wasn’t always completely receptive to its words. Specifically, the author gave me some truths to confront about my own worrying, specifically that I am too focused on things of this world.
If you don’t identify as a Christian, this book will not assist you. Frankly, my faith isn’t what it should be, and this book confirmed that fact for me. The closing words assisted me, though, and may help you, too, if you’re a Christian who encounters too many earthly worries:
- First, the term “legitimate concerns” near the end stirred my realization that many of my worries are unreasonable.
- Second, the advice to pray was a reminder that my prayer life really isn’t what it should be, and it has encouraged me to meditate and pray more regularly.
- Third, the admonition to “[p]our [my] energies freely into today’s business and today’s responsibilities” was a reminder of what I used to claim: Worrying doesn’t take away from tomorrow’s sorrows; it simply removes the joy from today.
If you’re a Christian and a worrier, I’d recommend this book, despite that I don’t believe that worrying is always a spiritual issue. Because even though I don’t believe prayer necessarily solves all our problems–or at least not instantly–as a believer, I think it helps to know that we don’t have to face them alone. This book is a good reminder of that.
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