Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night? Is irrational anxiety your constant companion? Let God help you win the war on worry and receive the lasting peace of Christ.
We all encounter anxiety, but we don’t have to let worry and fear control our lives. Anxious for Nothing, from New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado, provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety. Anxious for Nothing invites listeners to delve into Philippians 4:6-7 — the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet according to Amazon — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
In this audiobook, Max will help you:
- Celebrate God’s goodness.
- Ask God for help.
- Leave your concerns with God.
- Meditate on good things.
- Stop letting anxiety rule the day.
Join Max on the journey to true freedom and experience more joy, clarity, physical renewal, and contentment by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 12, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,664 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#16 in Emotions
#31 in Christian Spiritual Growth (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2017
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Essentially the summary of the book is, “pray and trust God.” When you’re dealing with anxiety from resurfaced childhood trauma, this advice is worthless. The church and church leaders just simply do not seem equipped to handle anxiety disorders. Seriously, You’ll get more relief from listening to Pray by M.C. Hammer.
Instead of picking up this book, here’s what I recommend as someone who is getting better everyday:
First, find a great counselor to help you unpack the heavy stuff you’re dealing with. Churches rarely have qualified psychologists on staff. In fact, I was reading my bible every day at the height of my anxiety, and when I asked for prayer from prayer partners at church, I was basically told suck it up buttercup, and look at all of the amazing things God has done for me. Not really something that someone is drowning wants to hear. It wasn’t until I started seeing a counselor that I realized my childhood trauma was not my fault.
2.) Journal. Pour all of it out on pages. Couple it with your bible journaling if you want. But keeping it inside will eat you alive.
3.) Don’t be afraid to go on medication for a little while. There’s absolutely no shame in taking something to help yourself function. And it beats feeling like you’re being crushed.
4.) Keep reading your bible, stay connected to God.
5.) Don’t stay at a church that minimizes your pain or blames it all on you. Mental illness is tough, and it takes time to heal. There’s nothing worse than asking for help and being told it’s your fault you’re depressed or anxious.
But most of all: hang in there. It does get better. And if you bought this book, throw it out the window. That might help a little too.
I expected this to be an encouraging, somewhat lightweight, book that I could enjoy for a few hours, take a little bit out of, and pass along for someone else to enjoy. My first impression of the book did not sway me from this view. The main section is only about 150 pages long, with a good amount of pages blank (between chapters) or devoted to a single large quote. I hate that sort of thing in a book but, oh well, I didn't pay for this anyway.
To my slight surprise, despite the blank or 3/4 empty pages, this is a substantial treatment on the subject. Yes, it is encouraging, full of anecdotes and easy to read but it contains practical steps on combatting anxiety. Based on Philippians 4: 4-8 the author patiently dissects a very powerful passage of scripture and shows you exactly what you need to do to derive maximum benefit from these verses.
I normally don't think much one way or the other when it comes to the use of acronyms when it comes to teaching (I can't remember a single one to be honest) but Max uses the acronym CALM as a teaching tool to show how to apply these verses.
C - Celebrate God's Goodness - "Rejoice in the Lord Always"
A - Ask God For Help - "Let your requests be made known to God"
L - Leave Your Concerns With Him - "With Thanksgiving"
M - Meditate On Good Things - "Think about the things that are good and worthy of praise"
He breaks down each verse into understandable concepts that work in real life. I believe I will actually use this acronym to remind myself of the principles here. This is not a heavy theological book. These are simple real-life-applicable instructions for anyone who is willing to apply it. Medicine for a universal ailment. If you take the medicine you will see results. If you acknowledge the truth of the medicine but don't take it you will not see results. If you take a lower dosage, less often you will see lesser results. Surprisingly I have underlined many of the passages in this book that I plan to read over and over. I hope to get this type of thinking into my daily life until it becomes unconscious. Very much like the Gospel, this book will be of great benefit to anyone who simply receives it.
Some personal thoughts before I go:
One particular passage moved me greatly: "The benefit of being a great sinner is dependence upon a great grace. I found a forgiveness that is too deep to be plumbed, too high to be summited. I have never been more or less saved than the moment I was first saved. Not one bad deed has deducted from my salvation. No good deed, if there are any, has enhanced it. My salvation has nothing to do with my work and everything to do with the finished work of Christ on the cross."
This is absolute truth. If you are a believer you should know one thing: God will never be angry with you again. He swore that in Isaiah 54, which comes after you believe in what happened in Isaiah 53. God has a Covenant of Peace with you that will never, ever be removed. When we get that deep down in our souls most of our anxiety will effortlessly evaporate.
The title "Anxious For Nothing" isn't a gentle scold on being anxious for no reason. The book acknowledges that there are many things in life that cause us anxiety. Rather, the book is about trusting God in such a way that gives Him control over our anxieties and leaves us exactly that...anxious for nothing. "Because the Lord is near, we can be anxious for nothing."
This is my first Max Lucado book, so I was a bit surprised at its actual brevity; only 152 pages of narrative (with every couple pages filled with just a single sentence) with a remaining 70 pages of reflection questions and Bible verses. This is fine, especially if the book is read as part of a study, but I admit I did feel a bit cheated.
That being said, I very much enjoyed the counsel of Max Lucado and how it was supported with Scripture in context. (It seems so many Christian writers take Scripture out of context these days.) I found myself jotting down little bits in a notebook and adding a few nuggets to the margins of my Bible. This is by far the best book I have read in terms of a Biblical approach to anxiety that makes sense and is Scripture-based.
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Love how Max writes, so easy to read and so practical. Going through alot of depression and anxiety and this has helped lift me.
The text is balanced in not being overly technical with 'walk the talk' examples. Yet draws on Bible verses to support points.