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How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out

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Find freedom in an age of anxiety.

Let’s face it: we are afraid. Our world is riddled with fear-inducing headlines, financial meltdowns, family crises, and phobias of every stripe. No wonder theNew York Timesnow reports one in ten Americans is now taking antidepressant or anxiety medication. So how do we cope or even succeed in a world spinning out of control? As someone
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Published March 15th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book for review is “ How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out” by Lance Haln. It falls in the genre of religion, Christian life and spiritual growth.

Lance Haln is the senior pastor of Bridgeway Christian Church in Roseville, California. If anyone would be in master of one’s fear it would be a pastor or so I thought. Well, not so much. In this book we learn about how Lance from a young age would be fearful of a number of things to where he would get anxiety attacks.

The book
Yoni Esterman
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
As is indicated by the subtitle, this book is about mastering the art of “freaking out.” Does this mean that one must subdue their fear entirely? Do we be come fearless machinations for the corporate cogs of capitalism? (That took a dark turn pretty quick). The answer is, if you really don’t know it already, “of course not.”

This is where I get to toss in the lovely “this is a Christian work” disclaimer. Why? Because I’m not Christian, and many other individuals aren’t as well. Some Christian
Nathan Albright
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.]

One might think, looking at the title of this book, that it was an ironic and tongue-in-cheek [1] sort of book about how fear isn’t that much of a problem after all, or making fun of those who suffer from fear. That thought would be incorrect. Instead, this book is a moving and somewhat short Christian self-help book written to the millions of believers who, usually silently,
Christine Wingate
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lance Hahn not only shares deeply and vulnerably about his own experience with an anxiety/panic disorder, he also gives an abundance of practical advice for those who struggle with anxiety, from both spiritual and practical angles. I especially appreciated that he acknowledged spiritual components of anxiety while making it very clear that anxiety and mental illness is not simply due to "a lack of faith" - it is a real thing with various causes and influences. That being said, his practical ...more
Kristin Halim
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, I want to put up a disclaimer that I AM NOT CHRISTIAN. I am Buddhist and I read the book based on my pure intentions on getting out of my episodical panic attacks. Never have I imagined I would be finishing this book with a new faith.
Lance Hahn totally explained the Grace of God through his sincere words, his empathetical approach; he understood us who went through the same ordeal he did. Through him, I view God as a different entity now. A holy entity. Let me get it out there that I
charles Vader
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very encouraging book!

Very well written book and I thank Pastor Hahn for being so real. I share in his struggle and it is obvious that he really gets it! So encouraging to read how he lives his life regardless of his challenges. The only thing I personally would add is a section introducing the reader to additional help through holistic practices, supplements, knowledge of food allergies and healthy eating.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Very easy read and totally relateable. Even though it was written from a perspective of a Christian pastor, even non-Christian folks will be able to appreciate the humour, ease and empathy the book is written with.
Angie Fehl
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
First off, I have to say I was completely charmed by the cover of this book! What a perfect illustration of how anxiety can feel! Okay, just had to take a moment to gush over that.

From the age of six, Pastor Lance Hahn has struggled with chronic anxiety to the degree of fighting through dizziness, blurred vision, even convulsions and fainting. He talks of going through periods in his adult life where the symptoms seemed to only worsen, even after counseling sessions and prescription medication
David Steele
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Lance Hahn, How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016. 2034 pp. $10.35

How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out by Lance Hahn is a book that addresses a variety of fears, including various anxiety disorders. The book is arranged in three parts and is summarized below:

Part 1: My Story

In Part one, the author shares in some detail his personal battle with fear and anxiety. He should be commended for the depth of transparency and his
Nancy Beach
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
In How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out Pastor Lance Hahn shares his battle with a severe anxiety disorder. The first half of the book is in autobiographical form. He is vulnerable and shares openly the struggles he has faced with anxiety since childhood. The second half of the book gives advice, encouragement and Scriptures to help others who struggle with fear as well.

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Content: I appreciated Pastor Hahn's open and honest peak into his personal life as well as the
Robert Durough, Jr.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Contrary to the witty title, How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out is not a laughable memoir or anything of the sort; it’s quite serious. Author Lance Hahn begins by telling his history through the lens of an anxiety disorder he says he’s had since the age of six. Next, Hahn offers advice on living with an anxiety disorder based on his experience. The final third of the book is dedicated to Hahn’s biblical perspectives in helping those go through life as he has. His conclusions: ...more
Lisa Ahlstedt
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
ance Hahn is a man who understands fear. His book How to Live in Fear discusses his own personal struggles with fear and the resulting panic attacks that have plagued him for his entire life. He works as a pastor, and in 2014 hit rock bottom with panic, anxiety and fear to the extent that he had to take a leave from his job.

After suffering so long himself, Hahn is in a position to be able to analyze and discuss the causes and treatments of fear. He lists three main parts of fear: root cause,
Rebecca Ray
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hi, I’m Rebecca and I have occasional panic attacks. The very act of typing that sentence out left me gripped with a feeling that I couldn’t breathe and like I was going to vomit, so you can imagine that I could relate to Lance Hahn’s new book How to Live in Fear. In fact, as I deal with a daughter who seems to have inherited my propensity for anxiety, I was very interested in hearing what help that Hahn might have for me in my struggle with both myself and with her.

Hahn’s book is split into
Sue Schlesman
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I just read a book by a mega-church pastor named Lance Hahn, who suffers from anxiety disorder and panic attacks. It’s entitled How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out. I’m reviewing it for HarperCollins. I must say, I’m liking Hahn’s perspective: honest, gracious, realistic, and non-churchy. I think this would be a good read for anyone who suffers from anxiety or is in a close relationship with someone who does (probably most of us). It’s not great literature or a tremendously ...more
William Waldroff
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has been transformational for me. As someone who lives with anxiety daily, I pounced on this book as soon as I saw it. Pastor Lance's openess is unlike that of anyone I've encountered in Christian circles. His story resonated with me and the journey I'm on. The many tips and suggestions he presents in the book to manage anxiety lined up with many I use and still others I have never thought of before. They have already proven to be very helpful. At the end of the book, the reminder that ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Having anxiety is something that I struggle with nearly every single day. I have panic attacks and sometimes I wonder how I'm going to survive. I received this book from Book Look Bloggers. I wasn't sure quite what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Lance Hahn, a Christian pastor who suffers with Anxiety talks of his journey, as well as things we can do both temporally and spiritually to fight and LIVE with anxiety.
This book is for anyone who suffers from anxiety of has a loved one
Via Bella
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for those that have had or do have panic attacks, fear, anxiety. Even for those that have not had it but know someone who has. It gives you a very clear understanding of what they go through! This is from a very humble and real person who shares their experience and really wants you to know you are not alone! Read full review here-->
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recevied complimentary copies.

The author puts himself out in the open by writing this book and shows others that you can get over your life's pressures without being ashamed. When he adds in religion and includes a mix of his own true life, this becomes a reality for most people as well. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age older than 10 that is feeling down in any way.
Sydney Stoneking
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I would recommend it to any one who struggles with fear, anxiety, depression or PTSD. It's reassuring, knowing that even pastors can struggle with mental illness, and it doesn't lesson their faith. He mentioned several ways to deal with anxiety that have been super helpful to me. This book was definitely encouraging to me!
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