Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart

Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart

by Maria Furlough
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Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart by Maria Furlough

It seems there is more to fear now than ever, but fear and anxiety are nothing new to human beings--or to God. The Bible calls us to not be afraid on many occasions, and of course we all want to live without fear. But just how is that accomplished when every news item seems designed to get us wringing our hands?

Using her own story as a catalyst, Maria Furlough shows readers how to overcome fear for good. She calls readers to make a list of their fears, to choose to bring those fears to God rather than acting on them, and to trust God with the future. She shows how when we give God full control over our lives, choosing his sovereignty over our own ability, we can break the cycle of fear, grow through suffering, and trust God to fulfill his promises of protection and peace.

Anyone who is filled with anxiety over their personal circumstances, the state of the world today, or even their fear-clogged social media feeds will welcome this hands-on journey from fear to freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729196
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 209,584
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Maria Furlough is a wife, a mother of five, and the head of women's ministry at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, North Carolina. She has been writing and teaching Bible studies for 14 years and currently writes on the blog True Worth at

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Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LisaPClement 14 days ago
This is a must read for those who want to walk in Peace! I believe this book would be good for anyone who struggles with fear their daily life. If fear takes you down a path of "what if" then there is help for you. Maria Furlough takes you on the journey that she traveled as she begin to put a plan in place to stay in a state of peace when fear hits and to learn how to shut fear down. This book is full of scripture to find strength and truth in on your journey out of fear. At the end of each chapter you will find reflection questions to help you walk this journey to peace and in the back there is a guide to lead a bible study in a group setting. I received an advanced copy of this book and I will be purchasing a few copies for some friends and family I know would benefit from this book.
Anonymous 18 days ago
The best part of this book is the fact that it’s written as if Maria were talking to you, her friend. Breaking the fear cycle is not only a book that helps to give a framework for facing fear but also a guide on how to live by fighting fear. Maria has touched my life with her story and her walk with God. Her honesty and ability to be so vulnerable make this book all the more relatable. We all struggle with fear on an hourly, daily, and weekly basis. Maria’s book is a great reminder that fear is a liar and that God’s promises are true. This book will help breathe life into the dark places that none of us want to admit we have, but if we are honest with ourselves and with God than these dark places are filled with light and darkness cannot hide any longer. Maria’s story is one of strength and love and how God can take the most fearfully broken situations and turn them into healing beyond all measure.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Maria Furlough does such a beautiful job of weaving her story and experience with journeying from fear to Peace into a book with real life Biblical wisdom and steps that anyone struggling with fear in their life can use to find peace and freedom from the control of those fears. Personally, the wisdom contained in this book has brought me to a place of Peace where all of my fears of “what if” no longer consume me as they once did. This book is a must read!
Anonymous 19 days ago
I have struggled with fear the majority of my life and have read many books on the subject of fear and leaving it behind. Something that clicked with me through Maria's story, is that fear does not stop. Those anxieties and immobilizing fears are not going to vanish, they will pop up in our life but, they can be combated. Maria's story and lessons learned, show that peace and freedom is a fight, it is not something we can will to happen, but it is God's will for us to live in that place. This book is worth picking up, because while others can feel like self-help this one feels more like a humble conversation over coffee. This story is eye opening and beautiful, I should know because I have read many many books on this topic. Trust me, you will not regret this one or walk away feeling deflated or hopeless when it comes to the fears in your life. Thank you Maria for your words!
Anonymous 19 days ago
This book has changed the way I deal with fear and anxiety. Maria Furlough is like a friend who comes alongside us in our fear and lovingly guides us through God's Word to find His peace. Maria's heartfelt sharing of her story in this compelling book will inspire you to acknowledge your deepest fears but not let them continue controlling you. I encourage you to take this journey of breaking the fear cycle in your life and experience the peace God offers to His children.
Librarycataloger 19 days ago
People face situations that cause worry and anxiety almost daily and some of these can lead to disabling fear. Author Maria Furlough has chosen to write about her own experiences with fear and the ways that she has learned to deal with it and she also shares the fear-filled situations of other people in her new book "Breaking the Fear Cycle". Two of the methods she has found successful to find peace for her anxious heart are going to God in prayer and seeking guidance through His Word. This book is filled with Bible passages that have strenghtened her and guided her in her own journey with fear and she has added an appendix titled In Case of an Emergency that allows you to easily find an applicable verse to ease any fears you may face. There are also Questions for Reflection at the end of each of the eleven chapters and a Leader's Guide to use if a group study is desired. Maria Furlough has used her personal experiences to help others and I believe that this book is so very relevant to today's society. Breaking the Fear Cycle is a wonderful resource! I received a copy of this book from the author but this is my own personal opinion. No review was required.
Helianthus 19 days ago
Maria Furlough is a top-notch writer. I have enjoyed getting to know her through this powerful book. She opens with her heartbreaking story of learning that her baby boy would be born with a fatal birth defect. He would survive for only a short period, and her fears threatened to overtake her mind, heart, and soul when the diagnosis was delivered. As a mother of three, I can only imagine the pain and suffering she went through. I had perfectly healthy pregnancies, but I was still plagued with worries of the unknown threats when my babies were in my womb. But Maria’s story transcends her pregnancy and the few precious hours with her baby Gideon. This book wields a powerful weapon against the deep-seated fears every one of us faces. I think women are particularly prone to fear. I haven’t met a woman who didn’t struggle with it in one way or another. Fear is a powerful weapon the enemy uses to keep us in bondage. Maria uses deep scriptural insight and poignant personal stories to show how God can set us free from our fears and offer real, lasting, breathing hope within them. I’ve been a fearful person most of my life, and I’m always searching for books that can help me conquer my fearful tendencies. Without reservation, I can say this is the best book I’ve ever read about facing fears and winning the war against them. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Breaking the Fear Cycle I just cannot get out of my head (in the best way): - Every time I give in to a fearful thought, I am taking a bite from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil all over again. - Once we gaze upon our fears with honest indignation, we can see that, yes, God is bigger than even the worst thing we can imagine. - Pain is actually doing something. It is not arbitrary, worthless, or endless. It’s doing a work in us that cannot be done any other way. - Instead of living in perpetual fear of the pain and suffering that might happen, let’s live each day in freedom. - May we figure out how to fight fear and walk the road toward peace hand in hand. Thank you to Baker Books for a free preview copy of this wonderful book. I also purchased my own copy--it's that good!
MelissaGH 20 days ago
Fear causes us to look at life situations in unique ways. There is cautious fear and also, fear so strong that you can't move. In this amazing book, the author shares her own life experiences of fear and how she has learned to lean on God in all situations. Fear can arise at any time. The way we deal with fear can affect our daily living. Prayer and looking to God for help will guide us along the way. Scripture and personal examples and the stories of others who have battled fear are included. This is a great resource for all who are experiencing fear. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my own personal honest opinion. No review was required.