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Breaking Anxiety's Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises

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Ours is an age of anxiety. We worry about our children, jobs, homes, health, and finances. News and social media feed our fears. Even the fear of missing out leads to anxiety. The solution isn't to rid ourselves of the sources of anxiety but to recognize that anxiety originates from a spiritual influence--and then use the weapons of power, love, and a sound mind to fight b ...more
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Published September 17th 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Shelley Sisson
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is unlike any other book you have read on anxiety. Dr. Michelle marries the science and clinical experience of her degree in neuropsychology along with the Word of God to bring the reader to the foot of the cross where they meet the chain-breaking Creator. He is ready to break those chains of anxiety, worry or fear. The scriptures and techniques could be applied to any stronghold you face. This is an easy read, yet has sustenance. The tools in this book are tangible! You want to read this b ...more
Donna Norvell
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Due to being unable to download a copy, I have only been able to read a sample 1st chapter. I was very touched by Michele’s story and know it will touch the lives of many others. She truly shares from her heart.
Peg Bradley
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd had this book decades ago when I experienced acute anxiety attacks. The book is filled with so much insight and practical information. The fact that it addresses the spiritual component of anxiety and fear is what sets it apart from other books about the same subject matter. There is much wisdom between its pages. It is a "must read."
Joy B
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly life-changing so far. I am currently reading it right now and I can feel the presence of God with every single page I read. I can't wait to see how God moves in my life as I continue on the journey of reading this book.
Michelle Nietert
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Breaking Anxiety’s Grip, Dr. Bengtson enhances the current work on the topics of worry, fear, and anxiety by adding an intentionally spiritual approach while not ignoring the contributing physical and psychosocial factors. I love the practical assignments given at the end of each chapter and am excited to add this title to our counseling center’s list of faith-based recommendations.
Rachelle
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read Dr. Bengtson's first 2 books, Hope Prevails and Hope Prevails Bible Study, and Breaking Anxiety's Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises, is just as amazing and helpful. I believe that God led Michelle to write this book at the perfect time! With all of the tragic events happening in our Country, and even in our own home towns, this book is the perfect book to help us deal with worry, fear, and anxiety! Packed with Scripture and Biblical wisdom, Dr. Michelle shows us through her ...more
Gina Kelly
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her newest book, “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip”, Dr. Michelle Bengtson addresses what she has called “the common cold in mental health” – our daily struggles with worry, fear, and anxiety. As a reader of her first two books, “Hope Prevails” and “Hope Prevails Bible Study”, I knew that Dr. Bengtson was knowledgeable in her field of neuropsychology. I also knew that she was able to relate to her readers personally, making each of us feel as if she were walking beside us as she provided sound advice ...more
Diana Rockwell
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this 5 star book on worry, fear, and anxiety. It is a compelling book that I didn’t want to end. Dr. Michelle Bengtson uses her own personal experiences, and those of many women to encourage the reader overcome worry, fear and anxiety. Some of the quotes that really spoke to me are:
“ In direct opposition to worry, anxiety, and fear is peace. It’s physiologically impossible to be relaxed (at peace) and anxious at the same time. When we entertain worry, anxiety, and fear, we sa
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Cora Valadez
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you struggle with anxiety, fear, or worry? In this book, Dr. Michelle Bengtson tackles these topics with a comprehensive and holistic approach. The wonderful format that incorporates psychological, mental, physical, and spiritual supports makes this a unique and much needed resource for any person who wants to live a life that is increasingly based on peace and trust. Her candid, transparent prose includes many stories from her personal life and the lives of others who have fought this battle ...more
Tammy L
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm in the middle of Breaking Anxiety's Grip and cannot stop reading. It's the book I wish I'd had while managing PTSD. At times I still struggle with anxiety and this book is such an encouragement. Not only does Dr. Michelle Bengston tackle the emotional and physical aspects of anxiety, but she addresses the spiritual component as well. I particularly enjoy the RX section at the end of each chapter as it helps me reframe my thinking within a Biblical context.

This book is a must read
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Lori Jorgensen
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you had problems with anxiety? Does life continue to knock you down. In an age of anxiety it’s time to take back your life and learn who you are in Christ and re claim your spot with the Prince of Peace. Michelle shares her own personal story of breaking the grip of anxiety. Walk with her on a journey of breaking free and enjoy the peace that comes.
Marie Bride
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such an incredibly needed book & is so very rich in Holy Scripture's!!!
I am having a good challenge in deciding what to share in my review?
Thank you Michelle for listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit in writing this book as I am stilling myself to hear that still small voice as to what I shall share?!!!
Please do yourself a favor and do not miss the opportunity to free yourself and others from Anxiety’s Grip.

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Victoria Sellers
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading this book and am absolutely loving it so far. As one who suffers from anxiety and knowing many others who do as well, Michelle's new book is a wonderful source of comfort and help. Also knowing that Michelle has written this book from her own personal struggles makes the book more believable and helps the reader know they are definitely not alone in their suffering. Anxiety is one of the greatest mental health issues that adults and children battle daily and its not somet ...more
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Aug 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Crystal Scott
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm still reading Breaking Anxiety's Grip and I have enjoyed everything Dr. Bengtson has to say. So many great points being made. I have suffered with anxiety for a while now and this book is helping me in so many ways. This is definitely one book I will re-read over and over. Highly recommend to everyone.
Lupe Hodges
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a couple chapters in and love it so much! I love how this book addresses an issue so many of us struggle with. I think it's very important for books to take a holistic approach to issues and I so appreciate Michelle's vulnerability in sharing her struggle. I can't wait to finish this book! It will certainly be a staple in my list of books to read over and over.
Jk Willis
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises, Michelle Bengtson equips the reader with tools assisting in breaking free from anxiety, fear, and worry. By ingesting truth over lies through scripture and inspirational music, she provides the instructions for attaining a life lived in peace.
Shannan Williams
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally review books before I finish them; this is only the second time I've done it. I am reading an Advanced Copy of this book, Breaking Anxiety's Grip, and it is just too good not to share. I have suffered with anxiety for most of my life, probably about the last 35 years. My daughter also suffers from anxiety in a much worse way than me. This book is giving me so much hope for both of us. This book reminds me that God is here, with me and my daughter. We are not alone. And with God ...more
Barb Gaines
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Dr Michelle Bengtson has once again knocked it out of the ballpark! Dr Michelle shares her own life stories and shares how God can walk with you through your anxious moments of life. It is a must read for anyone dealing with anxiety or love someone who deals with it.
Nicholas
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anxiety, stress and worry run rampant in the world today, and it affects everyone --- Christians and non-Christians alike. But whereas non-believers deal with stress as a part of life or not, believers who struggle with anxiety have the added burden of appearing “faithless” if they experience an undue amount of stress. Thankfully, this book by Christian neuropsychiatrist Dr. Michelle Bengtson focuses on the very tangible reality of anxiety in everyone’s life, but Christians should not feel asham ...more
Sharee Gaiser
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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We have a long history of depression in our family. Anxiety and worry is not something I was taught to handle well. It’s easy to try and ignore the symptoms and try to fill our lives to overflowing so there is no space to face the truth head on. Reading this book allowed me the time and opportunity to recognise the true source of the worry that creeps into my life. I love that, after reading this book, I now feel armed to apply and use God-given weapons to overcome anxiety in all areas of my lif ...more
Melissa Henderson
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartfelt book filled with encouragement and inspiration. How we handle worry can cause us to become more stressful or to have a different outlook on situations. In this compelling book, author Dr. Michelle Bengston reminds everyone who deals with anxiety, that we are not alone. This is a great book to pass on to others. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.
Kathy Eberly
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breaking Anxiety’s Grip is a blessing! As a sufferer of fear and anxiety, I have been blessed! Some information was new to me yet the words finally clicked for me. At the end of each chapter Michelle Bengtson writes a prescription of sorts for the reader with activities to overcome fear and anxiety. This helps reinforce what I have learned! Thank you Michelle for saving my life!
Jennifer Holmes
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how Dr. Michelle acknowledges the physical aspects of anxiety, but gives us so many Biblical tools to combat it. With real life stories and lots of scripture, you will really feel well armed in the fight against anxiety. Highly recommend.
Lisa Ottomanelli Slone
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am delighted to be reading "Breaking Anxiety's Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises". This book blends Dr. Bengtson's clinical training, personal experience, and biblical guidance together for a full throttle effort to restore peace to anxious minds and hearts. In chapter 1, Dr. Bengtson outlines the different clinical manifestations of anxiety in our lives that threaten to steal our peace and reduce our effectiveness. Proceeding to chapter two, a game plan is unfolding to combat anxiet ...more
KAREN TACKETT
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, so much valuable information and shared with a heart of love and compassion for all of us to truly reclaim the PEACE God promises. Never going back to fear as a way of life but I will enjoy my life with Jesus without worry, anxiety and fear! No enemy, NO MORE! This book so touched my heart because I was one who dealt with fear for 40 years and still struggle a bit. I appreciate how Dr. Michelle explains the meaning of worry, anxiety and fear and I found very important and valuable nuggets ...more
Wade
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you battling Anxiety? Need advice from someone who has overcome it? Want a biblical basis for your remedy from a professional? Breaking Anxiety's Grip is all that and more.
I'm not even halfway through this book and have gleaned so much insight to help me cope. Dr Michelle Bengtson has experience with knowledge and a love for God that combines for a great resource for everyone needing help coping with anxiety.
Sandra Lovelace
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Breaking Anxiety's Grip" encouraged my soul beginning to end. Scripture informs and enriches the author's personal testimonies plus her professional experience as a neuropsychologist. The storms Bengston has maneuvered (and continues to) bring perspective to the hassles I face. Her words, "God is in tomorrow, we are not." continue to keep me grounded when the unknown flares up around me.
Patti Pierce
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Michelle Bengston has managed to once again capture the essence of an important and relevant topic. As the mother of a teenage daughter, I recognize how easy it is to get caught up in anxiety. I so want her to be able to regain the peace that God promises. Dr. Bengston does an incredible job addressing this subject and writing in a way to draw her reader's into the book. So check out this book for yourself. Truly this is a book worth reading.
Debbie Ritter
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book by neuropsychologist Dr. Michelle Bengtson that I have read. Dr. Michelle brings her clinical experience and years of practice (including her own experiences) and brings them into this book with clarity and a passion to help others find the freedom in Christ that she has found. The individual stories of others battling anxiety and fear help bring the reader into the realization that most of us fight this battle during our lives, but the Good News is that we don't go throug ...more
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