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Publisher: Authentic Publishers
Start Your Journey Toward Worry-Free Living
Families are stressed, and it's not just parents who are worrywarts. Kids panic about grades and fitting in with their peers. Teens obsess about body image. "Twenty-somethings" stress about finding jobs. And, of course, husbands lose sleep over shrinking budgets and growing bills, while wives fret about their children's future. On any given day we worry about countless small stuff--first impressions, political correctness, finding pillows that match our accent walls. We worry about the big things, too--identity theft, the threat of terrorism, avoiding contagious diseases. Yet in spite of all this worrying, we still manage to wake up each day to a comforting reality: We're still alive and well and God is in control.
Medical doctors and psychologists agree that worry is the most common form of suffering in America. It is the key component of anxiety and chronic stress, and is often at the heart of overeating, alcoholism, cigarette smoking, drug abuse, and a long list of other compulsive behaviors. Consider this: Over the span of our lifetimes, worrying accounts for hours and hours of invaluable time that we'll never get back. "Isn't it time for families to spend each moment more wisely and with more quality connections?" write the authors--Arnie Cole and Michael Ross. "Isn't it time to stop the worry cycle ... and to begin experiencing more peace in our lives?"
With an engaging mix of research, biblical substance, and real-life stories, the authors lay out the foundations for lasting change. Various chapters focus on particular areas of vulnerability for different age groups, as well as how each of us can become self-aware: evaluating the stress in our households and plotting realistic steps toward change.
Praise for Worry-Free Living
"Back to the Bible has conducted extensive research, which has been thoroughly incorporated into these pages. I love how Worry-Free Living engages me with such relevant facts, but what I really appreciate is that Arnie and Michael have developed a tool that can assist us all in our dialogue with one another. The 'Recap and Reflect' feature helps me to hear from God through others--and that may be the most important thing of all."
President, Iron Sharpens Iron National Men's Equipping Conferences
"Great advice for every worrier in your life--from an anxious child to a stressed-out spouse. The authors guide readers toward a clear understanding of worry and anxiety, and they offer hands-on strategies for relief. Explore Worry-Free Living on your own or with a group and learn how to nurture a calmer, Christ-centered home front."
--Dr. Trina Young Greer
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Executive Director of Genesis Counseling Center
"Arnie Cole and Michael Ross have demonstrated again their ability to weave practical theology, in-depth research, and real-life experiences. This honest and well-written text will be helpful to those struggling with worry, empowering sufferers of all ages to face the doubts that accompany it, and equipping them to deal with worry wherever and whenever it strikes."
--Adam Lewis, D.Min.
Lead Pastor, Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene
"In Worry-Free Living, Arnie and Michael give you the practical tools and common-sense strategies that can help break the grip of unproductive worry, anxiety, and stress in your life. Like personal trainers, they use biblical principles, stories, and research findings to give you effective tools to live in peace and freedom through the healing power of Jesus Christ. More than another 'self-help' book, Worry-Free Living is a developmental spiritual fitness plan for individuals or small groups who are seeking to live more effectively for Christ and His Kingdom.”
--Dr. Rick Ryding
Pastor and Professor Emeritus (Mount Vernon, Ohio)
"God is not just interested in our souls; He wraps his salvation around the whole person. This is why the mind, body, spirit approach to handling worry is essential for wholeness and healing. Worry-Free Living is a biblically grounded book that provides helpful, practical tools for families. And the couple and group discussion worksheets, paired with the Bible studies, make this a valuable resource for churches."
--Rev. Connie Larson DeVaughn
Co-Pastor, Altadena Baptist Church
"We wholeheartedly recommend Worry-Free Living for every family and church leader. Page after page is grounded in Scripture and filled with thought-provoking questions, making this a useful resource for group study. Worry-Free Living is outstanding, excellent in truth, very well written, and highly practical."
--Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner
Founders of CharacterHealth, Creators of the YouTube Video "In My Seat: A Pilot's Story"