Anxious by Amy Simpson

Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of WorryAnxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry by Amy Simpson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most of us are prone to worry. And what’s not to worry about? The world we live in is increasingly scary, difficult and uncertain. But as Christians we know a God who is above all of that. In this book, the author takes us through how worry affects us, not only emotionally but physically. And then walks us through the Bible and the many admonitions by God to not worry but put our trust in Him instead. She examines several examples throughout Scripture of how God’s people faced seemingly impossible circumstances, yet God overcame and worked through them.
Ultimately, worry comes down to our theology and what we believe about God. If we are worrying, we are not trusting God. This book gives a rundown of who God is and why we can put our trust in Him.
“We, who are among the most comfortable Christians in history, have no business embracing fear and letting worry drain us of the strength God gives. It’s time for us to repent of worry, recognize we can make a different choice, and pursue the frightening freedom and baffling peace of trust in God.”
Examples are given of what it was like for people during the Bible times who were asked by God to trust Him. They didn’t have the written Scriptures like we do. How much more should we be able to trust God, having the evidence of His faithfulness throughout the Bible?
“This is not about simply ‘handing our worries over to God’; it’s about understanding how incredibly powerful and trustworthy God is, how much higher his ways are than ours, how ridiculous it is for us to cling to the illusion of control and the fear of what is small in God’s view. It’s about putting our concerns in their proper place, in relationship to God’s concerns. It’s about who God is, not who we are. It means taking seriously Paul’s instruction to ‘let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think’ (Rom 12:2).”
This short, easy-to-read book packs a good punch in the battle against worry that we face. Reasons to worry abound, but reasons to trust God abound even more. While not taking lightly the struggle of worry, the author reminds us that God is all-powerful, compassionate and in control, Someone who is trustworthy and has proved that over and over. A recommended read for those who struggle with worry, offering encouragement to grow in our trust in God.

*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review.