How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation

How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation

by Dr. Winfred Neely
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How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TLPPA 10 months ago
A Great simple book to help with worry!   Dr. Neely has written an excellent book that relies on a biblical foundation and methodology for overcoming worry. Perhaps the best part of the book is that Dr. Neely is willing to acknowledge that which many of us are not - Anxiety is a Choice! Never accusatory, Dr. Neely understands that we live in a world that is worry-driven. We live with menacing threats like terrorism, economic uncertainty, racial unrest, a breakdown of trust between law enforcement and the citizenry, gun violence, mass shootings, and more. However, Neely explains that we need to remember that we are to be in an intimate relationship with God and that when we are, habitual worry will vanish.   Neely provides a sure-fire way to maintain this intimacy. Do you know what it is? Prayer, of course! Neely defines and explains some components of prayer: Supplication, Thanksgiving, and Requests. He also gets very practical and provides his thoughts on biblical meditation, how to increase your prayer time, and Scripture to help along the way. This short book is equal parts powerful and practical. I highly recommend How to Overcome Worry by Dr. Winfred Neely.   I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is a GREAT book for those who struggle with fear, anxiety, and/or worry. The author describes the difference between concern and worry so we can understand and acknowledge both feelings. He also explains how to overcome worry through prayer and use gratitude as an antidote to help the reader through the process. I truly enjoyed reading this book and I was able to use some of the strategies I learned to stop overthinking and relax while God does his work. If you know someone who is going through difficult times this is the perfect gift.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Don’t let the size of How to Overcome Worry fool you! Despite the book’s short length, Dr. Winfred Neely packs some powerful challenges into the pages. He incorporates personal examples into the text, but How to Overcome Worry is not merely 88 pages of story-telling. How to Overcome Worry attracted me due to my own experiences with anxiety and depression. Throughout the book, Neely acknowledges the role of physiological components that contribute to anxiety. However, he places a strong emphasis on the spiritual components of the battle against anxiety. It is this component that is often overlooked, even amongst believers. Neely’s argument is built upon a study of anxiety in Scripture and he delineates between healthy and unhealthy examples of being anxious. I appreciated the challenges in How to Overcome Worry; challenges that are often not explored in other books on worry and anxiety. Finally, if readers choose to use How to Overcome Worry in a small group, Neely includes appendices with prayers, scriptures, and reflection questions. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
faithfilledmotherhood More than 1 year ago
Anxiety. Does the word make you anxious by just reading it? As a mental health therapist, I deal with client anxiety on a daily basis. Heck, most days I am dealing with my own worries, too! Daily I see the ways that anxiety permeates every aspect of peoples’ lives to the point where it debilitates. As Dr. Neely states, “Each season of life brings its own unique roller coaster of anxiety. This will be our reality until we walk through the doors of glory.” Anxiety is something that will be part of our human existence until we get to heaven. Though this may be the case, it does not mean we have to be controlled by it! One of the verses I memorized in college when I was going through a really anxious-filled time in my life was Philippians 4:6-7. It says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (NLT). If you have ever experienced anxiety or a panic attack, you know how much you desire peace in that moment. Could you imagine having a peace that exceeds all understanding? That is what can happen when we pray in those anxious moments! Dr. Winfred Neely wrote How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation to assist us in truly living out Philippians 4:6-7. As this verse says, Dr. Neely points out that “Prayer in everything is the antidote to worrying about anything.” He writes about how we need to have a healthy level of concern in our lives, but that worrying has no place in our lives. In order to truly eliminate worry, we must meditate on his Word and pray. Period. “Peace is the result of trust,” as Dr. Neely writes. Are you truly trusting God with everything you are worried about today? Are you surrendering in prayer to our God who can provide us with a peace that transcends all understanding? Do not worry about anything, sweet friends. Hope this verse transforms you as it did me many years ago. Want to truly dive into Philippians 4:6-7? How to Overcome Worry is a short, easy read, but is jam-packed with truth and scripture. You can find it on Amazon here. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I was provided a free book through the MP Newsroom program in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
queenofmyfairytale More than 1 year ago
I am a worrier… I learned it from my mom and it something I have a hard time overcoming. Growing up there was always something she was worrying about whether it be money or if the car was going to run properly to get us from point A to point B. Not that I had a bad childhood, because I didnt, we had our fair share of problems but otherwise a fantastic childhood. But the one thing she passed on to me in those young days was the art of worrying. I know it is pointless to worry about something that may never happen or things that have happened in the past, but it happens more than I’d care to admit. I let those emotions boil up inside of me until I end up with an anxiety attack. Not pretty and not fun for me or for anyone in my family lol. My husband tries again and again to remind me that it is not worth worrying about and I always have to disagree. If you are like me and worry about needless things then this is the book for you. It is a wonderful guide to help you overcome those worries and to help you to give it up to God, ultimately He is the one in charge :). It is one of those books that I will keep for myself to read time and time again. Filled with scripture and insight into the world of worriers, it has helped to remind me to put aside the worries and just live life to the fullest. This book supplies you with the tools necessary to help you to overcome your worries, it includes different ways to pray, scriptures to comfort you in need and “scriptures to aid in your battle against worry.” An amazing book that I would recommend to everyone! AND it’s a short read! Make sure you grab a highlighter before getting started, there is lots of good stuff to remember!!!! If you want to check this book out links are below of places to purchase!! Happy reading and Good Luck in whatever journey you might be facing!
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Good Things Come in Small Packages! Do you live a life of ease with everything falling into place perfectly, or do you have things in life that don’t always work out the way you hoped, causing upset and worry? If your answer is the latter, this is the book for you. The author believes we live in a time period full of worries that modern life is plagued by worries that range from ISIS attacks to staying safe while out shopping. The pressures of life today are great indeed. Dr. Neely suggests the way we get rid of worry is by not giving in to it, but instead we must turn to God. Additionally, when speaking to Him, include something you are thankful for. “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” --Philippians 4:6-7The Message (MSG) By faith we need to turn our heart, mind and will to God, trusting that He will rid us of anxiety, if we truly give it to Him. Anxiety creeps in when we take our eyes off of God and try to shoulder our burdens ourselves. We must literally take our burdens to God and leave them with Him to escape anxiety. Dr. Neely also urges us to pray--pray about everything--that is the way to conquer worry. “…. pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” --1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 English Standard Version (ESV) This is a small book that is very easy to read, and is packed with good recommendations to combat worrying. It is truly a treasure trove of golden pieces of advice that have stood the test of time for helping and is easy to understand. Dr. Neely has written something that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever had a worry in their life. I highly recommend this 5-star book. “ Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ….Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” --Matthew 6:26-29 New King James Version (NKJV) Moody Publishers has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of How to Overcome Worry, for the purpose of review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
It has been said that "imagination" is the 21st-century equivalent to the scriptural word "heart," the center of emotion and intellect in biblical physiology. That may well be true, for many times it is my imagination that causes me to run aground in this following life. As if there were not enough stressful events going on in the world around me, I waste my time pushing past the present and into "what if" territory. Dr. Winfred Neely, with the help of the Apostle Paul, offers words for the worry epidemic that plagues our anxious world. Ironically, for those who believingly follow Jesus Christ, worry goes beyond the vexing footfalls of a sleep thief, and stomps into the room as a perplexing theological ogre, for if I believe in the sovereignty of God, the burning question is: Can God be counted on to protect me and the people I love from harm? Obviously bad things happen to good people on this broken ground, and we wonder How to Overcome Worry when so often the ways of God are "shrouded in mystery." "Anxiety can reside in virtually every nook and cranny of human experience," and yet the Apostle's directive in Philippians 4 is clear: 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Paul had every reason to worry. He was writing from prison, and the Roman Empire was in the grip of the sadistic (and probably insane) Emperor Nero -- an unlikely source of justice. Did Paul have the ability to simply turn his worries off like a faucet? Was he living on an ethereal, apostolic plane, completely indifferent to his surroundings? Dr. Neely defines Paul's use of the word "anxious" as "concern turned inward and deformed, divorced from the grace of God and rooted in unhealthy fear." He offers the encouraging insight that it is possible to be deeply engaged with the people and events of our lives and yet to be free from the vice of habitual worry. If you struggle with worrying, you will also benefit (as I have) from these practical principles for experiencing the peace of God: *** It goes without saying (nonetheless, I will say it) that clinical anxiety is a medical condition and if you suffer from this affliction, the advice offered in this book will not be relevant to that specific situation. Dr. Neely is concerned with "anxiety as worry rooted in unbelief." *** "God is commanding us to look to Him instead of turning from Him. Armed with the truth that anxiety is a choice, we conquer worry by taking everything to the Lord in prayer. If Paul's insistence that prayer is the antidote to worry seems like thin gruel and weak coffee to me, then I must examine my understanding and experience of prayer and the presence of God. This 1961 quote from A.W. Tozer is true of my 2017 heart: "Where sacred writers saw God, we see laws of nature. Their world was fully populated; ours is all but empty. Their world was alive and personal; ours is impersonal and dead. God ruled their world; ours is ruled by the laws of nature, and we are always once removed from the presence of God." "Paul uses different terms for the different aspects of conversing with God." The words "supplication," "thanksgiving," and "requests" reveal facets of prayer that get at our neediness, the recognition that God has worked and . . . finish reading at Living Our Days.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Excellent resource. I come from a long line of worry warts and this book has so many wonderful nuggets here to help a worrier overcome this destructible force. Worry is not of God and is, in fact, sin. Dr. Neely is spot on with the advice here, all scriptural. I plan on referring to this many times. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.