Scarlet Hiltibidal and I have a lot in common; she likes to write; her favorite yogurt is Chobani almond coco loco; and she’s afraid of many things. As a child, she kept a journal of all the things that scared her– everything from firenadoes (yes, there is such a thing), plane crashes, drive-by shootings and not getting enough sleep. As an adult, she recognizes that sometimes we anxious folks need medical intervention — the brain is part of our body, and a problem with it can’t always be overcome by positive thinking, anymore than thinking good thoughts will cure a stomach ache. However, as Christians, we do have some important tools to help us work through our worry issues. In other words through, our faith we gain the fortitude to cope with anxiety.
- Sometimes we anxious people try to fake it. We put on a façade of control. Here’s what Scarlet says about that:
“If your identity revolves around a job, or a person, or what your body looks like, or anything other than Jesus, you will continue to live burdened; and you will ultimately compound your fear.”
In other words, we don’t have to pretend; we can rest in our true worth as children of God.
- Anxious minds are distracted minds; they wander everywhere imagining all sorts of tragic scenarios; most of all they focus on the self. To combat this, we need to become single-minded, focusing on God and His word.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, think on these things…” Philippians 4:8
Memorizing scripture and repeating comforting verses in times of stress will calm our fears.
- We can learn to accept help from other Christians.
“It’s scary out there. We can’t do it without each other. And the gifts that come from learning to lean on one another are priceless.”
- Finally, when anxiety strikes, we can remember that fear has already been defeated.
“The work of Jesus on the cross has ALREADY saved us and WILL save us forever.”
Nothing that happens to us can affect our ultimate destiny. Our sins, our fears, even our death will not last forever.
Verdict: I’ve read many resources on anxiety, and I didn’t learn anything new from this one. It was a bit repetitive. However, Hiltibidal keeps the reader engaged with her personal examples and her Christian perspective is spot on. I give it 4 stars. If you would like to order this book, follow the link below: