The bestselling author of Love Unending and Midnight Mom Devotional reassures anxious women that even if you can't shake off fear, your faith is not broken.
For years, Christian women have been told, "If you just prayed more, had more faith, and trusted Jesus, you'd have more peace." But what does it mean when a Christian momma continues to worry? How does she reconcile her feelings of fear with her faith in God? And how does she raise her children in a home full of peace when she feels anything but peaceful?
Becky Thompson, a best-selling author with a degree in biblical studies, knows firsthand what it is like to suffer from the crippling effects of anxiety--a condition she has struggled to overcome for most of her life. For her and many others, the fear she faces is not a faith issue. It's a physical one that affects over 40 million adults in the US.
As Becky examines the relationship between the promise of peace in Scripture and the reality of life, motherhood, and anxiety, she brings both a practical and spiritual approach to the discussion of anxiety and how it impacts your mind, body, and spirit.
Peace meets moms in the forest of fear where they have felt isolated and alone and walks them toward hope, reminding them that there are millions of other women who walk the same dark, uncertain trails they do and there isn't something wrong with their faith because they can't shake the fear. Peace is a lifeline for the Christian mom desperate for solid advice based on sound doctrine and presented in a way that makes her feel understood and far less alone on her journey toward healing.
Thompson (Love Unending), host of the Revived Motherhood podcast, offers encouraging words for women struggling with anxiety in this soothing work. The author has "spent years navigating a life with anxiety" and writes that "if you're like me at all, you crave peace... and reassurance that there's not something broken with your faith because you can't shake the fear." She identifies possible causes of anxiety (emotional trauma, parenting stresses) and explores how to apply God's words to anxious thoughts, assuring Christian women that their fear does not indicate a lack of faith. Then she turns to the importance of community and acknowledging anxiety without shame, and offers lifestyle tips to lessen anxiety, among them drinking less caffeine, sleeping more, eating a healthy diet, and potentially seeking help from a pastor or therapist. Drawing from examples in the Bible, she examines the relationship between avoidance and anxiety, reminding readers that "sometimes God asks us to trust Him with the in-between seasons of our lives." Christians looking to de-stress will enjoy Thompson's testament.