Book Recommendation from a Pastor
“A Small Book for the Anxious Heart” by Ed Welch
Recommendation by Pastor Gavin Kajikawa
Yesterday you heard Pastor Kim preach on how Jesus changes our anxious and worrying hearts, so I’d like to recommend Ed Welch’s book, “A Small Book for the Anxious Heart.”
This topic is something I was thinking about and wrestling with before Covid-19, and now the virus has turned up the heat. The range of my worry is vast, multilayered, and complex, so I’m glad that this book has helped put descriptors to what I’m feeling and, more importantly, has pointed me to Christ, my rock and salvation.
The book is broken into 50 daily meditations focused on a particular theme. At the end of each day are a few questions for you to reflect and meditate on. This book can be read individually, but you may benefit more by reading it with others and sharing your thoughts to the questions via emails, texts, or a phone call.
Here are a few quotes that you’ll read as you treasure Christ more.
- “The rhythm of your journey is simple: You speak and God listens; God speaks and you listen . . . Whenever God speaks to you about your fears, you can be sure he will say something about being close.” (4-5)
- “Worries can be born in the past, live in the future, and invade the present. They focus our attention on things over which we are relatively powerless, and they take our attention away from the mission that is right in front of us. Stay in the present.” (27)
- “The basic idea is that what we fear controls us. Rather than being controlled by things and people in creation, we want to be controlled by the Creator.” (164)
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Dr. Heath Lambert discusses how the Bible addresses anxiety in this audio snippet. Lambert walks us through a biblical framework and how to encourage someone (or ourselves) struggling with worry.
This prayer can serve as an example for how to petition to the Lord for those working from home.
In case you missed it last week, Adventures in Odyssey is offering a free 4-week trial to all their content including devotionals, activities, puzzles, and videos. A fun and edifying way to keep your kids (and you) busy.