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Anxious for Nothing: God's Cure for the Cares of Your Soul (John Macarthur Study) Kindle Edition
Stress has become part of our daily lives. We worry about our jobs, our relationships, and our families. And while there's no lack of remedies for anxiety, no solution seems to offer true peace of mind.
John MacArthur, Jr. believes that peace is not only possible, it's a divine mandate. Drawing from a rich legacy of teaching and ministry, MacArthur puts aside cultural cures to uncover the source of our anxiety and stress. Based on solid Biblical insights, Anxious for Nothing shares how we can overcome uncertainty, defeat doubt, and be truly worry-free.
This revised and updated edition includes a guide for both personal and group study and features discovery questions, suggestions for prayer, and activities, all designed to connect life-changing truths with everyday living.
About the Author
- ASIN : B006VWR4QO
- Publisher : David C Cook; 3rd ed. edition (February 1, 2012)
- Publication date : February 1, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 561 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #259,417 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book came in the right time to help me and I felt very comforted by it. I recommend this book to everyone that are facing anxiety. This book deserve a five star for sure.
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However, while there's good content in this book for that level of anxiety, I would not recommend it for anyone with serious or debilitating anxiety. I think it'd just make the person feel worse.
The book seems to say that counselling or medication shouldn't be necessary. The warning it gives about choosing one's counselling carefully is important, and the main example it gives is tragic. Still, some situations are beyond self-help, and God does give us doctors and health professionals for a reason.
The book is composed of nine chapters, plus the aforementioned psalms appendix and discussion guide. As in many of MacArthur’s books, the chapters are edited from sermons preached during MacArthur’s long pulpit ministry at Grace Community Church. The general method, then, is to unpack a passage dealing with the subject and lay out some practical implications.
MacArthur begins his study by framing the topic to include “anxiety, fear, worry, and stress,” and asserting that Christ has granted everything needed for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). He questions the psychological and therapeutic approach of contemporary Christian treatments of the subject. He then proceeds to treat a number of passages in turn. First up is Matthew 6:25-34, from which MacArthur points out that God is in control and the evidence of his care for creation abounds. Next, from Philippians 4:6-9, he points believers to prayer as the primary tool for avoiding anxiety. In chapter 3, the author points to the noted worrier Peter and his words in 1 Peter 5:5-7, stressing the need for humility to fight anxiety. He then proceeds to treat Hebrews 11 and 12 in a single chapter, laying out the role of faith as the end of anxiety and looking to Christ as the antidote to fear; his phrase “When you run in a race, you shouldn’t look at your feet” is memorable and helpful! After finishing that chapter with the Psalms and its praises as a practical way to fight sin, he turns to look at two kinds of ministers that help the anxious believer: angels, and fellow Christians in the church. He reviews how the various spiritual gifts given to the church and the fellowship of the saints helps fight anxiety. Chapter 6 continues looking at anxiety in the context of the church, pastorally examining five groups of “problem people” identified in 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 and how fear feeds their challenges. Then, in the next chapter, MacArthur presents the doctrine of God’s peace from 2 Thessalonians 3:16 and 18, and explains how it answers and resists anxiety. In the eighth chapter he attacks the evils of discontentment and complaining from Philippians 2:14-16, and along the way, quotes a sociologist who posits that shrinking family sizes in American society have contributed to a rise in self-entitlement in the younger generation. Finally, in the next and last chapter, he finishes looking at Philippians 4:10-19 and lays out several secrets to contentment.
Every Christian would benefit from reading this book, probably more than once. The study and discussion guide at the end makes it particularly useful, as it can be used in a one-on-one or small-group study context (though every participant really should have a copy in that case). Pastors in particular will find, in Chapter 6, MacArthur’s comments on and taxonomy of “difficult people” to be invaluable. I appreciated MacArthur’s unapologetic supernaturalism as he straightforwardly dealt with the subject of angels, though I wonder if, after pointing out the angel’s guidance of Philip to meet the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8, his statement that “angels do the same for us today” runs the risk of making, without warrant, unique events in salvation history prescriptive for everyday Christian experience. And for those of different eschatological perspectives, his premillennial perspective comes out in chapter 5 as he treats angels, though nothing in his arguments depends on his eschatology. Those minor quibbles, however, don’t detract at all from the value of the book.