Living Free in an Anxious World: What Your Doctor and Pastor Want You to Know about Worry

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We all worry. We feel anxiety over work, school, family, finances, health, and more-and we may find ourselves feeling as if there's no escape. When we look for help, too often we find empty promises that we can simply throw our cares away. And when those attempts fail, we're left frustrated, insecure, and exhausted. There has to be a better way.

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Overview

We all worry. We feel anxiety over work, school, family, finances, health, and more-and we may find ourselves feeling as if there's no escape. When we look for help, too often we find empty promises that we can simply throw our cares away. And when those attempts fail, we're left frustrated, insecure, and exhausted. There has to be a better way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891126805
  • Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Attending to Anxiety: Through the Eyes of a Doctor and Pastor 11

Chapter 1 Human Limitations and Cosmic Lamentations: People are Worriers 17

Chapter 2 Cultural Diagnosis and Clarifying Definitions: Voices from an Anxious World 27

Chapter 3 The Science of Worry and Anxiety: What's Distinctive about Humans? 41

Chapter 4 Worried Sick: The Pathology of Worry and Anxiety 51

Chapter 5 Handling Ordinary Worry: Training Yourself for Healing 59

Chapter 6 Managing Destructive Worry: General Principles 69

Chapter 7 Managing Destructive Worry: Western Therapy 75

Chapter 8 Managing Destructive Worry: Complementary and Alternative Therapy 91

Chapter 9 Anxiety and Religion: The Humanity of Longing 99

Chapter 10 Refraining Religious Understanding: Finding New Beginnings 111

Chapter 11 Finding Freedom: The Courage to Take Risks 125

Chapter 12 Becoming Ourselves: Non-Anxious Worry and Liberated Living 137

Epilogue: Walk On: The Freedom March as Metaphor 151

Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading 155

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Learning how to worry the right way

    When I say that more people today are worried, or stressed-out, or suffering from anxiety attacks, I'm not saying anything that you don't already know. But in Living Free In An Anxious World authors R. Lanny Hunter and Victor L. Hunter give us a whole new way of looking at worry and anxiety.

    Many times I'm frustrated by some author's one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with worry and anxiety. The fact is, we are complicated and we are individuals. But more than that, many authors tend to focus on just one part of the human, when in fact we are a three-part being. There is a physical component, an emotional/mental component, and a spiritual component.

    The Hunter brothers are well trained to address the affects of worry in all its forms, as one brother is a medical doctor and the other is a pastor who received specialized training in both religion and psychiatry. They both bring their specialties to this book in a way that I found both informative and comforting.

    One of the first concepts they address is that the key is to not eliminate worry from our lives. That, they say, is impossible. The goal is to not worry in a self-destructive way. Right from the first chapter I found myself buying into their insights which were so real and applicable.

    The Hunter brothers explore the biblical, scientific, and even philosophic origins of worry, and provide very real solutions for even a layman like me. This book wasn't "over my head" nor did it over-simply the very real and challenging task of dealing with worry the right way.

    Since 6.5 million Americans suffer from general anxiety disorder every year, chances are good that you are going to have to confront worry in your life or in the life of a loved one. So I highly recommend this book to you.

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