Monday, September 22, 2014

The Stress Cure

Once again it seems that books keep coming my way that are just right for what I'm going through. I jumped at the chance to read The Stress Cure by Linda Evans Shepherd because it seems so many things in my life are stressful right now.

Shepherd introduces the problem of stress as partly a lack of trust in God and a mix of our reaction to life's circumstances. How we react to life and what we do when we encounter stressful situations is the key to understanding how to live in peace in the midst of life's difficult times. Do we turn to pray or do we act out in frustration?

The chapters are broken into topics of what do do when you are feeling stressed because of feeling: overwhelmed, stuck, frustrated, burdened, hopeless, offended, anxious, negative, distracted or depressed. Each chapter is steeped in  in scripture and practical prayers. There are also some biblical re-tellings of familiar stories. Generally I am not fond of those kinds of things but her way of telling the story was not cheesy and I enjoyed thinking through how biblical characters dealt with stressful situations, positively and negatively. Some of her prayers were repetitive and every chapter ended with prayers on yielding to God, Forgiving, Giving it all to God, Praying for Healing, Exchanging the Enemy's work for God's Peace and Praising God for Freedom from stress. It is a pattern that would be helpful for remembering after you've read the book to learn to deal with stressful situations. Kind of a longer version of stop, drop and pray.

I enjoyed the reminders to trust God through whatever I'm going through and that he is big enough to deal with all of my crazy days.

I received a copy of this book through the Revell Blogger Review Program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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