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The Good News About Worry

The Good News About Worry

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An excerpt from The Good News About Worry: Applying Biblical Truth to Problems of Anxiety and Fear, by William Backus, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Proven, Time-Tested Help for Anxiety

Anxieties come in many shapes and with varying degrees of intensity. They condition our response to life in countless ways, often limiting us and limiting what God can do through us.

If worry is stealing your peace and joy--if you find yourself avoiding certain situations or tasks or people--this book is for you. Using the same step-by-step methods that have helped clients and readers for many years, Dr. William Backus explains the root causes of anxious feelings and how they can be overcome.

* Understand your anxiety better
* Identify how it affects you physically, mentally, and spiritually
* Replace worry-producing thoughts with peace-giving truth

The good news about worry is that there is a way to deal with it in faith, diminish its power, and become the person God wants you to be.
An excerpt from The Good News About Worry: Applying Biblical Truth to Problems of Anxiety and Fear, by William Backus, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Proven, Time-Tested Help for Anxiety

Anxieties come in many shapes and with varying degrees of intensity. They condition our response to life in countless ways, often limiting us and limiting what God can do through us.

If worry is stealing your peace and joy--if you find yourself avoiding certain situations or tasks or people--this book is for you. Using the same step-by-step methods that have helped clients and readers for many years, Dr. William Backus explains the root causes of anxious feelings and how they can be overcome.

* Understand your anxiety better
* Identify how it affects you physically, mentally, and spiritually
* Replace worry-producing thoughts with peace-giving truth

The good news about worry is that there is a way to deal with it in faith, diminish its power, and become the person God wants you to be.

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d evyby G Anxi?
Lee and I met at the refreshment table during a church coffee hour.
 As often happens when people find out I’m a clinical psychologist,
the conversation soon turned to common human problems and theirpsychological and spiritual implications. Before long, this young man was sharing his worries with me.
“I can’t seem to make my paycheck stretch—
ever 
—to pay all the bills,”
Lee said. “I don’t want Sandy to work outside our home because Jill
and Ethan need their mother, so we’re trying to get by on what I makeas a shoe store manager. But there’s never enough.” According to Lee, about the time he thinks he can see the way to
get through the month, something unexpected comes up: Jill needs
orthodontic work; Ethan needs winter clothes; Sandy’s allergies flareup. One visit to the doctor and the resulting prescriptions can devoura hundred dollars, and then they’re buried in unpaid bills again.The result? Lee loses sleep for about half of each pay period, won-dering what to do until the next paycheck. Worse yet, Lee is concernedabout the fact that he worries when he ought to be trusting God.“I try,” he said, “but somehow I get through praying, and an hourlater I’m fighting my anxiety again—this sense that the bottom is goingto fall out. And I know it’s wrong!” Lee believes he’s not the kind of Christian he ought to be as long as he worries in this way, so he’s miser-able. When he grows anxious, he feels wrong for not trusting God. He
 
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tHe Good News ABout worrY
 wants to break the cycle and have the peace of God that “transcends allunderstanding” the Bible talks about (Philippians 4:6–7).Lee was reaching out for help. But I had no more expertise thanhe had in managing money; in fact, I could remember the earliest yearsof my own marriage, with busted budgets, skimpy clothing allowances,and a steady diet of hamburger. Instead of financial advice, I tried tomake some suggestions about how to cut back on his worries.
I’ N h sam f evyn
Lee is not alone. Everybody experiences anxiety to some degree oranother. In fact, anxiety is a condition of mind that lurks behind much
of our thinking. It conditions our response to life in countless ways,
often limiting us and limiting what God can do through us.Of course, not everybody gets anxious in the same way or for thesame reasons. For some, anxiety is slight, and so it’s normally ignored.For others, anxiety is so massive the sufferer nearly stops functioning.
Some anxious people appear cool and collected, while others can’t seem
to hide their jitters from the world.Imagine, if you will, three different people in Lee’s financial bind.
The first might be an “avoider.” Though he feels a rush of panic on
becoming aware of another financial shortfall, he simply sits and watcheslate-night TV, avoiding the entire mess until he starts receiving threaten-
ing letters from creditors.
 A second person in the same situation might pay immediately,
even reducing his standard of living to meet his obligations. Yet he ismiserable, tightfisted, envious of those who have something he doesn’t
have, and resentful toward God. He also fears constantly that future
needs won’t be met.
 A third person might become emotionally paralyzed. He’s not about
to make any budget changes, look for a new job, or indeed do anythingto solve his problems. To him, any move could turn peril into outrightdisaster. So he “freeze-frames” his life, stopped in his track by the fear

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