Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World

By Max Lucado

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado

A review by Tom Kennedy

Max Lucado is the master of the inspirational Christian book.  In this one he tackles how to control anxiety from a Biblical perspective. He begins in the first few chapters talking about the greatness of God followed by several chapters explaining that Philippians 4:4-8 contains methods of anxiety reduction. Lucado points out current and biblical examples of overly anxious people and shows how God provides a solution in the scriptures.  If you only read the first chapter you will be confronted with how anxiety rules your life.  But I challenge you to read the rest of the book for practical, spiritual solutions to anxiety in your life.  Beware: this is not a book of therapy by any stretch of the imagination.  It is a great way for Christians to reduce their anxiety, but if your anxiety is out of control, see a therapist.  Together with the teachings of this book, you and your therapist can reduce your anxiety.  At the time this review was written, this book is #10 on the ECPA Christian bestsellers list for September 2018.

 

Structural things I like about the book:

  • Lucado has a discussion section at the end of the book containing excellent questions for each chapter. It would be useful for personal or group reflection.

Great quotes from the book:

  • Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat, anxiety imagines one, p. 5.
  • Citizens in other [non-western] countries ironically enjoy more tranquility. They experience one-fifth the anxiety levels of Americans, despite having fewer of the basic life necessities, p. 6.
  • God calmed the fears of Isaiah, not by removing the problem, but by revealing his divine power and presence, p. 26.
  • Guilt [followed by anxiety] sucks the life out of our souls. Grace restores it, p. 41.
  • The contagiously calm person is the one who reminds others, “God is in control”, p. 69.
  • As you sense anxiety welling up inside you, cast it in the direction of Christ. Do so specifically and immediately, p. 86.
  • Treat each anxious thought with a grateful one, and prepare yourself for a new day of joy, p. 99.
  • You can lose it all, only to discover that you haven’t. God has been there all along, p. 112.
  • Satan is the master of deceit. But he is not the master of your mind. You have a power he cannot defeat. You have God on your side, p. 122.
  • Don’t enhance your anxiety with the feat of not fulfilling them [lists of things to do]. Your goal is not to know every detail of the future. Your goal is to hold the hand of the One who does and never, ever let go, p. 137.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *