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Calm My Anxious Heart

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,928 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Helping Women Trust God and Overcome Anxiety—Field-Tested, Revised, and Updated for a New Generation of Readers

As women—whether single women, married women, moms, grandmothers—we worry a lot. We worry about our children, our friends, our careers, our families, our spouses—and the list goes on. We want to be content and trust God with our worries, but it’s a struggle to let
Paperback, 239 pages
Published October 21st 2002 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published May 1st 1989)
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Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
pg 13
1. Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else.
2. Never allow yourself to complain about anything - not even the weather.
3. Never dwell on tomorrow - remember that it is God's, not ours.
4. Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
5. Never compare your lot with another's.

Her eyes were fixed on eternity. Her tomorrows belonged to God. She had given them to Him. And because all her tomorrows were nestled in God's strong arms, she was free to liv
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I initially wanted to give this book a lower rating because in my mind it makes the same mistake that many Christians make when trying to coach or assist people through anxiety. Simply TELLING people who are suffering from anxiety to trust in God or to have more faith does not work. I find it rather frustrating after a while.

Giving us dozens and dozens of examples of how others kept faith through their TREMENDOUS trials does NOT help either. It just makes those of us with our "less important" t
I read this book about 3 years ago - our family was going through some really hard times; I was going through some emotional struggles and feeling unsure of God's plans for my life and future. It's always been difficult for me to battle my fears and worries and this book was a great foundation for beginning to set aside my doubts, fears, and worries and look to Christ as my hope and joy. :) This book inspired me to write out a life-goal,which I have had pinned on my wall as a reminder and encour ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian women
This was my second time reading this book in roughly two years, and I would read it again.

The book itself is an easy read. There are discussion questions at the end of the book for each chapter, as well as recommended scriptures for memorization. We did this book for small group, one chapter per week, and found that was about the right amount of work outside of class and enough for discussion one night per week.

I was hesitant to read this book the first time, because "Anxious" seems like such an
Mar 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
0 stars is what I would give this if I could. I can sum up the secret to contentment as told by this book in one sentence: Read the Bible, pray, and don't worry because God will take care of everything. The Bible already tells me these things; why do I need another book to tell me? I thought this book would explain how to turn that Bible reading and prayer into contentment, but it does not. All it does is tell stories about women that were discontent, read the Bible and prayed, and became conten ...more
Katie Ramsey
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this whole book within 24 hours of getting it 😂 Such an encouraging and truth-filled read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love how Mrs. Dillow really covers a broad spectrum of reasons why we feel anxious and measures them against the truth of God’s Word. Honestly I hadn’t really thought about anxiety and contentment having anything to do with each other before reading this book. I will definitely keeping coming back to this book.

“God... is the blessed controller of all things, the king over all kings and th
Lāsma Ašme
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Excellent! Perfect book for this time! I want to re-read and write those wonderful quotes from book. I would put 6 stars.
Julie Hyatt
Solid topic, but I just wasn't feeling the overt feminine metaphors, such as we are all works of art, etc. Of course we are. I also felt like it lived too much in the "satisfaction realm." As in, "Shit, I'm a pastor's wife. I have 5 kids and I hate myself. I need to be ok with this." She writes: "1. Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else." This is also what they told SLAVES. This is what creates passive, shallow, blank pages of women. It's fine and good to be content ...more
Apr 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: fires-of-sancti
I'm not going to lie - the way the book was written is not my style, and it sometimes felt dry but there are a lot of true, clear points. It took me... almost a year to read it (around 6-8 months?)
I especially loved her discussions on forgiveness, and my favorite part was the end where she finished with discussing the "if diseases" of "What if" and "If Only."

I was also especially encouraged by her closing prayer which is her own personal adaptation of Psalm 23, and her little survey of Habakkuk
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read it a long time ago. But still remember the golden words and benefits of always being calm in the Presence of God. You just ask for it as you do all other things. Great book.
R.M. Archer
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, the content of this book was really good. The layout could maybe have been improved (not sticking the Bible study at the very end) and there were a couple of tiny annoyances throughout, but the core of the book was encouraging and convicting.
Annalise Nakoneczny
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I'm usually not a huge fan of gender-specific books (I find that they generalize the struggles of people within that gender and that isn't always helpful), but this book was excellent. Dillow emphasizes the peace of God and reminds her readers that he is the Blessed Controller. She also offers a global perspective from her time as a missionary in Eastern Europe and China, which I felt added authenticity to her argument. I haven't done the Bible study in the back of the book, but I'd like to on m ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I first read this book about eight years ago and re-read it again, each chapter slowly over the past few months to let the truths sink in. Dillow uses Scripture, her own experiences as a missionary in Europe, as well as stories of different women trusting God amidst incredibly difficult situations in Communist Romania, Poland, and China (I believe in the 1980s?) to show how we can have calm hearts that are content and trusting in God through whatever comes our way. She starts out the book explor ...more
Meredith Anne
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a life-changing book, if you really take what it teaches to heart. When a friend presented the book to me (10 years ago), my first thought was "But I'm not really anxious." The book really focuses on contentment-- contentment with your life, yourself, your family, your circumstances. I learned to trust God on a deeper level by working through this book and the Scriptures she uses abundantly. Ten years later, this is still a go-to book for me. As a missionary in Nigeria, opportunities for ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"contentment is essentially a matter or accepting from Gods hand what He sends because we know that He is good and therefore it is good."

A challenge to trust Gods sovereign hand with every detail of my life...knowing that He knows what's best for each one of us. I need to live one day at a time w an eternal perspective and a thankful heart for the portion that he has given to me.

This was an excellent book that spoke to many of my struggles as a woman. I ate up everything that she said because i
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed listening to this book. I liked how the writer used missionary's hardships as examples of difficult times that can bring on anxiety. However, these people chose to accept God's plan for them in the midst of panic. I'd recommend this to people going through a rough time in their life, even with tragic results. I read this because I struggled with postpartum anxiety after I had my son 3 years ago. I wanted to make sure that I have laid to rest that anxiety once and for all. I don't want ...more
Rebekah Jones
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book is such an encouraging read. Full of reminders, Scriptures, and Biblical practices to keep your focus where it should be - on the LORD - and to fully trust Him with every aspect of our every day lives. Only then when we have done so, can we have peaceful hearts.
Mary Katharine Gill
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book for any woman who struggles with contentment on a daily basis, which is probably every one of us.
I highly recommend this read.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Kelsey Bryant
This book was a big blessing to me. I really needed the message. The only downside is that it was a little choppy in places I highly recommend it.
Ashley Owens
This book reminds us to give our anxieties to God, sometimes easier said than done. But the author does a good job of putting our innate need to control into perspective:
“It was as if I were sitting in the back seat of a Land Rover in a little car seat that had its own steering wheel. I was turning the wheel left, then right, but I never realized that my steering wheel wasn’t connected to anything. One day I looked up and realized that I wasn’t the one driving.”
Karīna Liepiņa
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, motherhood
I really enyojed reading this amazing book about anxiousity and to be content in God’s will! This theme was perfect in my life of this season. I loved that there was many testimonies, not just the authors, about their experience to calm their hearts in the midst of uncertain situations. I highly recommend this book to everybody who are anxious about everything what’s happening in their lives.
Lauren Brookshire ✨
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Highly highly recommend. Even if you’re not anxious. I’ve started asking myself the question Linda writes: “God, how can I glorify You today in my given role?” Learned more about contentment than expected. Easy read.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book! She used worry and anxiety interchangeably, but her point was still there.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Very encouraging and readable.
Leonard Nigerski
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
I see in the reviews that some people didn't get anything out of this book. Personally, for me, ideal with a lot of anxiety. This book has helped me with that. It's down me ways on how to work my way through it, and to understand it a bit more. I'm glad I read it. ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Stacey by: Jorene
Shelves: faith, kindle
rereading this treasure...pertinent to my current challenges...


I really loved this book. When my friend Jorene lent it to me, I dug right in. Then, I found it at a yard sale for a quarter. Once I owned it, it became less of a priority (why is that?).

ANyway, it has really blessed me these last few days. I particularly enjoyed most of it-- but since that is not very helpful... I enjoyed the chapter on faulty focus as the author shared a few "mature women's" stories on how they set their course,
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This well written book contained helpful and doable advice on how to let go of anxiety and live a life of calmness and contentment.
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading
This was truly a life-changing book for me. Even after 2 - 3 pages I shut the book and thought - WOW. SO many wonderful ways of talking about anxiety and worry in a REAL way that holds you accountable for the role your faith SHOULD play in these thigns without berating you and making you feel worse for the times you do lose sight of your faith. This is a book I will read and re-read to keep these mantras close in my head and in my daily living. There is also a 12-week bible study at the end.

it i
Sharon Honeycutt
2020 UPDATE: I read this book a second time with a small group of women in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It was ideal for the time as we each struggled with the myriad anxieties of 2020. In addition to pointing our hearts back to Jesus again and again, Dillow also gives practical examples of her own anxieties and how God used those for his glory.

2015: This book was tremendously encouraging for me. Every woman I know has times of anxiety and discontentment in their life. This study address
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Linda Dillow is no stranger to publishing and adventure. She's the author of Creative Counterpart, Calm My Anxious Heart, and The Blessings Book. Linda and her husband Jody lived in Europe and Asia for 17 years training Christian leaders in closed countries with Biblical Education by Extension, During this time, Linda traveled extensively in Romania, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Asia. She taught wo

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