Living Without Worry doesn’t offer a magic cure-all but encouragement to remember God’s character, and promises and to live in that light of those truths. For the non-Christian reader, this book also clearly presents the gospel especially as it relates to the weight of guilt and the fear of eternity. I thought this was a very helpful and practical book.
Living Without Worry: How to replace anxiety with peace, by Timothy Lane, The Good Book Company, May 2015, 144 pages.
If we’re honest, who hasn’t experienced worry at some point in their life? Sure, sometimes the small things get us down, but very often, worry can have serious effects. This is why I was very interested in reading Living Without Worry.
The author begins by defining the term and distinguishing the difference between godly concern and worry. Worry is when we’ve crossed the line from a healthy, wise concern to over-concern which has the potential to lead to anxiety disorders, phobias, panic attacks, and other stress-related disorders. However the solution isn’t going to the other extreme of indifference, which can often be mask for anxiety.
Rather than lumping worry into one general category, Dr. Lane breaks it down into the following categories:
– The past including sins that may still haunt us.
– Past experiences which we did not contribute to such as trauma or abuse.
– The future and specifically eternity.
– The present cares and trials of life.