This month we were reading Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado.
Anxious for Nothing provides a break down Philippians 4:6-7. Which is apparently 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.
I really like the way the book breaks down this Bible passage that we may skim over and as a result miss out on the promise of the peace of God. “Note, this is not peace from God. Our Father gives us the very peace of God. He downloads the tranquility of the throne room into our world, resulting in an inexplicable calm. We should be worried, but we aren’t. We should be upset, but we are comforted.”
In the book there are a lot of illustrations that keep the book interesting and also demonstrate the points that Max is presenting. I really like the style of his writing because it Is conversational which makes it simple to follow and a good read.
I found it difficult to relate to some of the things Max talked about in the book because I don’t struggle with anxiety. However there were some points that were a great reminder, or made me pause and take some time to think about what it truly means to rejoice always and really be anxious for nothing because God’s got this. Sometimes we forget that He got it.
One thing that I would have liked Max to expand on was the point he made that anxiety can be attributed to guilt. I got the point he was making but I would have liked a bit more meat on this bone.
On the back of the book there is a section called “Questions for Reflection” with questions for each chapter to help you consider the application in your situation. This section also challenges the reader to practically apply the principles explored to your life.
Because of the style of writing, the stories and most importantly the section at the back of the book, which helps apply the lessons I would share this book with someone who was struggling with anxiety.