Sunday, November 26, 2017

Book Review: Worry Less Live More

Author: Robert J. Morgan
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

How do you bury worry before it buries you? 

Worry, which is essentially a strain of fear, is a rational response to real pressures and problems. Life is harder than we expect, and even the Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace Himself, admitted, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). He said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). On one occasion, He even said, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say?” (John 12:27). Our souls are easily troubled. The world and its trials seem to only increase. 

In nearly forty years of pastoral counseling, Rob Morgan has seen a lot of changes in our culture. People are anxious, and everyone seems increasingly tense and taunt. We’re overextended, running on empty, and often running late. We’re worried and we’re weary. One moment we’re alarmed about global politics and the next we’re frustrated with a clogged commode or a cranky boss. Stress can have a way of keeping us on pins and needles from dawn to darkness.

In this book Pastor Morgan leads the way through the investigation of the Bible’s premier passage on the subject of anxiety. Philippians 4:4–9 is God’s most definitive word about overcoming anxiety and experiencing His overwhelming peace. Dissecting the following eight practices this vital passage promotes will help you to wage war on worry:

·         The Practice of Rejoicing
·         The Practice of Gentleness
·         The Practice of Nearness
·         The Practice of Prayer
·         The Practice of Thanksgiving
·         The Practice of Thinking
·         The Practice of Discipleship
·         The Practice of Peace

When we study and employ these practices effectively, we have the power to erase anxious thoughts and compose our minds with peace in any situation

The world offers no better antidote to worry, for there is none. This is God’s prescription for a better life.

Anxiety disorders comprise the most common mental illness in America.

Our souls are easily troubled. The world and its trials seem to be getting worse.

But medical treatment alone is incapable of reaching the hidden depths of the soul. We need a house call from the Great Physician and a good dose of his therapeutic truth.

On every occasion. In every situation. Wherever we are – a train station, an airplane seat, a hospital bed, a courtroom, a cell, the cab of your truck, or the closet of your bedroom – wherever we are can become a cathedral of prayer and praise.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

Robert Morgan has done it again! This book is a wonderful, short read that provides vital practices for life as a Christian and soldier of God. I love that each of his “practices”, which are sort of like his chapters, are loaded with tons of biblical references and passages to refer to in order to provide evidence for his reasoning and writings. There were so many uplifting passages of scripture that I found myself constantly having to pause and turn to my Bible in order to study a little deeper into the section Robert chose to speak about. Each section of this book is so inspirational and provides so many uplifting and motivational tidbits about life’s journey and how to help you conquer the small things for a better life.

I am a sucker for self-help books and devotionals; I absolutely love them! This would definitely be a book that I would recommend to someone who wants to start reading self-help books or devotionals because of the ease of access. It is a short book and is easy to follow and keep up with. I was able to take notes and annotate my copy, which is something that helps me track my thoughts and recall my readings at a later date. Morgan’s writing is almost conversational. I felt as if I were having a chat with my grandfather who was providing essential life advice, and I do mean that in the best way possible! This is not a book to be missed!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review***

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