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As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”–one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “Meh”.
I first came across How to Live in Fear–Mastering the Art of Freaking Out in a Christian bookstore. I thought that was a little strange, with a title like that. “Fear” and “Christian” don’t go together. But the longer I leafed through the pages, the more I realized the title fit perfectly with the theme: being able to live with faith in God while having anxiety/panic attacks.
Pastor Lance Hahn has experienced severe anxiety attacks since boyhood. For a few years the attacks left, then they came roaring back into his life. He describes what it’s like to be a Christian, and the senior pastor of a large church–a pastor who suffers from panic attacks. Continue reading
Author’s Note: I offer these thoughts for anyone who might be in a very dark place right now. Originally I wrote them for myself. Now I want to share them with you, in the hope they will be helpful.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
- It takes faith–to believe that tomorrow will be a better day, to believe that it’s worth getting out of bed for.
- It takes faith–to believe that tomorrow holds its share of joy. The joy may be hidden at first, but it will be there.
- It takes faith–to believe that if you don’t give in, don’t give up, but you keep going, God will make it all worthwhile–somehow, someway–if not right away, then later.
- It takes faith–to believe that when you have something wrong– physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually–you won’t always have it. It’s possible to develop a mindset that says you’ll always have a certain malady, a certain problem; this is just the way it’s always going to be. You don’t have to accept that mindset. Instead, you can have the attitude that says, “I might have this thing tonight, but by God’s grace, I won’t always have it!”
- It takes faith–to hang on when all seems dark, when life seems meaningless.
Have faith; hang on. Faith is unseen, but it is powerful.