I’m a mess—but that doesn’t mean God isn’t good, He doesn’t care, or He is unable to change my situation.
In How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out, Pastor Lance Hahn talks about his current struggle with severe anxiety disorder, which he’s dealt with since he was six years old. For unknown reasons, he’d constantly suffer panic attacks, usually at home, in school, during his sermons, etc. Oftentimes, these attacks would lead to nausea, including fainting. In this book, he uses empathy and patience with those who also deal with anxiety, and guides them through steps to coping with fear and panic attacks. Not only does he guide his readers with coping, he teaches people to accept their feelings without giving in to them. Despite the years of struggling with anxiety, Hahn has always believed God was on his side and still is.
Although this book isn’t really for me, I admit I like how honest the author is. It’s a recommended read for those who know the pain of anxiety attacks. Hahn isn’t one to suggest people pray and it all will go away. Because he knows what to expect with his panic attacks, he advises people to take on healthy hobbies and activities to keep the mind occupied. Diet and exercise is what he also recommends.
If you, readers, suffer from anxiety or know others who go through it, this book can be a guide for you. Feel free to post your comments.
FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Lance Hahn is the senior pastor of Bridgeway Christian Church in Roseville, California. He is the host of the Ask Pastor Lance radio show, a conference speaker, and an adjunct professor. He is married to Suzi, and they have two daughters, Jillian and Andie.