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The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?

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Is anxiety "un-Christian"?

Many Christians believe the answer to this question is yes! Understandably, then, many Christians feel shame when they are anxious. They especially feel this shame when well-intentioned fellow believers dismiss or devalue anxiety with Christian platitudes and Bible verses.

Rhett Smith, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, helps us understand anx
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Moody Publishers (first published February 21st 2012)
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Andrew
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Anxious Christian is written to assist readers in dealing with their anxious instead of hiding it and suppressing it. Rhett Smith begins the book on a personal note about the tragic events in his childhood that he encountered. When he was six years old, his mother felt a lump on her breast and it turned out to be breast cancer. The doctors said, “If she lives more than six more weeks, it would be a miracle”. She ended up living until Rhett was eleven years old. She fought long and hard for f ...more
Amanda
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have struggled with anxiety for most of my life. When I was 9 years old, I was with my grandparents when my grandfather had an abdominal aortic aneurism and passed away. This event was a turning point in my life which altered how I looked at life and circumstances. It left me reeling, and I began to worry constantly about loved ones dying, picturing the horrific events that could happen.

I shared my “worrying problem” with a trusted person in my church and was told that this was sinful because
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Sara
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. Rather than provide typical “Christian” culture answers to anxiety like “pray more” or “trust God more,” Rhett Smith takes a look at how God can use anxiety for good in our lives. He presents a beautiful, hopeful picture of the good that can come from anxiety by asking what God wants us to learn/how He wants us to grow from our anxiety. He provides an encouraging view and tangible, practical steps we can take to grow through our anxiety. I especially loved the chapter “Re ...more
Denise
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This was great. If you like Cloud & Townsend, you'll like this one. He so graciously challenges the predominant belief in Christian culture that something is wrong with you or your faith if you struggle with anxiety. A viewpoint I feel passionate about: he compels the reader to go further with those feelings and rethink them in terms of how God is using them for good. I didn't think I struggled at all with anxiety before reading this, but I was able to immediately apply many of his exercises ...more
Harold Cameron
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?"

“Where should I go to college? Whom should I marry? Where should I look for work? What will my friends think?

In our journey of faith there are particular moments that produce a certain amount of anxiety. Often anxiety and/or worry has been looked upon as an "un-Christian" feeling to have. But The Anxious Christian conveys the message that anxiety can actually be helpful in our spiritual formation, and that God can use anxiety as a catalyst to move people forwa
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Nathan Albright
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

The subtitle of this book rather gives the game away.  The obvious answer to its question, for those who have read and believe Romans 8:28, is that God can use our anxiety for good.  God can use all kinds of things for good that are not good--rape and murder come to mind, along with other horrible things--and the fact that the author asks if God can use the raw materials of our psyche for go
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Leslie Parrish
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was a quick read. I do personally struggle quite a bit with anxiety and was hoping to come away with more than I did. I agree with what the author says about the way the church often handles anxiety. It isn't anything that just be prayed away, and I do believe that the Lord can use anxiety for our good. Still, the advice given seemed to apply more to general worry than true anxiety at its core to me. That could just be for my own personal experience with it.
Bob
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really appreciated the author's emphasis on the importance of dealing with our personal issues. What I had trouble accepting was his idea that anxiety is given by God to grow us. Nowhere does the Bible speak of anxiety in a positive light and I just can't see God giving us the "gift" of anxiety and then telling us not to be anxious.

Will God use our anxiety for good if we love Him and give Him the freedom to do so? Absolutely! He'll use anything. But that is very different from the idea of Him
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Kimberly
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Anxious Christian : Can God Use Your Anxiety For Good? by Rhett Smith starts out with the author telling of his own anxiety when younger, and how God uses it and him.

I've always thought badly of my anxiety but the author has given me hope with this book, and how God can use me.

One of my favorite quotes from the book says...
"It is ok to be anxious, but don't hide and bury those anxieties in hopes that they may somehow get better or completely disappear. They won't. Instead, choose to face the
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K
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it


The single most important aspect of this book is the author's use of personal experience to begin to remove the stigma of mental health issues within the church. Having suffered from mental health issues since adolescence, this book drew me in. Having participated in Christian communities and read Christian books that attempted to define my mental health issues as a simple lack of faith, this book was refreshing in its honesty and compassion. There are a lot of activities throughout the book, a
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Elena
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What an important book! I appreciate how Rhett Smith brought Christian themes, his own personal experience with anxiety, and his professional experience as a therapist to unpack how anxiety can be a catalyst for spiritual growth. He provides great exercises and discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help readers dig deeper into their own anxiety. He also explores holistic ways to deal with/ protect oneself from anxiety including vulnerability within trusted community and becoming int ...more
Adam Shields
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Short review: The most surprising thing about this book is that on the whole it takes a very positive view of anxiety. It understands that anxiety can become controlling and eventually lead to sin, but in general it believes that God uses anxiety to move us in directions that we do not always want to go. I realized through this book that I need to re-evaluate my understanding of anxiety and be more open to being moved by anxiety, instead of running away from it.

A longer review is on my blog at h
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Hillary
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. Definitely something for me! Had a number of good points at which I thought, "Ah-ha!" However, a lot of fluff too. He didn't go into much detail on practical steps to take. He based most of his book on one type of anxiety, which will speak to some but not to others. At the very least, I was encouraged to see a Christian confronting anxiety head-on from a Christian perspective, without sermonizing and falling into the "Just trust God" trap.
Missy Jent watkins
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a Christian battling anxiety and panic disorder along with depression. So I found this book right on and very helpful. So glad God lead me to this book and I will pass it on to others dealing with these same issues. I recommend anyone who knows someone dealing with these issues to read it too.
Deb Tieman
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is a great concept to think that God uses anxiety to get my attention and that I need to rely on Him - rather than just thinking being anxious is sinful and I need to stop worrying.

Also, the author knows first-hand how crippling anxiety can be - and did a great job sharing his experiences with stuttering and overcoming his anxiety.

Sarah
May 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
Sounds like something I should read. Learned about it here:
http://www.mereorthodoxy.com/anxiety-...
Whitney
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book. It gave me a whole different perspective about my anxiety. I highly recommend it to any Christian struggling with anxiety.
Matt
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A little self help, a little inspiring, and a lot of new ways of looking at anxiety. Not the greatest second half, but a good read if you're struggling with anxiety as a Christian.
Jo Anne
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

A very useful and interesting book..lots of good advice and personal stories to show how the author overcomes anxiety daily and how we can too.
Don Evans
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Provides insight into how to handle anxiety, but sometimes provides to cherry of a disposition on how easy anxiety is to overcome.
Joshbledsoe1
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Solid advise on a seldom discussed topic.
Michelle
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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This book wasn't what I thought it would be but still made some good points
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“When I took that step, and stood up to speak that day, God did not remove my anxiety. But He set in motion my journey of starting to see anxiety as a tool for growth in my life, and as a catalyst to spur me beyond the limitations and the fears that I hid behind. You” 1 likes
“Occupation and not empty space is what most of us are looking for. When we are not occupied we become restless. We even become fearful when we do not know what we will do the next hour, the next day or the next year. … We are so afraid of open spaces and empty places that we occupy them with our minds even before we are there. Our worries and concerns are expressions of our inability to leave unresolved questions unresolved and open-ended situations open-ended.5” 0 likes
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