Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review: Give Your Worry to God

Chosen Books provided a complimentary copy of Kent Crockett's The Sure Cure for Worry: Learning to Trust God No Matter What Happens in exchange for an honest review.
     Problems plague our daily lives. Bills pile up. Unemployment can deflate us. Relationships can sour. And the list goes on and on. We have two choices as we usually can't turn our circumstances around fast enough. One: we can allow worry to rule the day. Yet, there is a second option that author, Kent Crockett, zeroes in on. In The Sure Cure for Worry Crockett proposes we rest in a sovereign, almighty God and hold onto our faith. If we allow worry in, we are lacking trust in God. We are assuming He is not watching over us, that He is not ruling from on high and He isn't as big as we say He is. Jesus already said there would be trials in our lives but, He has "overcome the world." (Jn. 16:33)
     The Sure Cure for Worry is broken into three sections: Learning to Trust God, Deciding to Follow God and Claiming God's Promises. Learning to trust the Lord can be difficult if we forget how big He is and what He does. Nothing is out of God's view. If the sparrow is noticed, surely we are as well. Even if we claim to know God is sovereign we need to make a choice, intentionally placing our trust in Him. Once that trust is established we can be sure to find God's guidance in our lives, looking for it, knowing our infinite God has our eternal best interests at heart. Sometimes visions and dreams can be followed but, more often than not, He will speak to us through His Word and others placed around us. Finally, the last chapters dare us to place our lives in His hands as we look to Him for provision and protection and hand over our worry.
     There are many self-help books out there claiming a easy-to-do check list will be a sure fire way to rid your life of stress, as if stressors can easily be flung far. Crockett uses a biblical approach to help believers let go of worry, not rid your life of difficult circumstances. While you may not find a job tomorrow or a spouse or whatever plagues you, you will find comfort, provision, love and an eternal, broader perspective of your current situation.
     There were a few places that I found redundancy. However, the subtopics overlapped into many chapters. So, really the material was well-placed, just rehashed with some minor differences. Other than that, I enjoyed the book. The content of the book is of high quality and can actually be utilized with some practice. Worry is a heart issue that can be addressed with God's Word and hope.The Sure Cure for Worry is well-written with plenty of personal accounts of God's divine, guiding hand. Any reader I would hope, will set this book down with a renewed, strengthened faith. Circumstances will change daily, but Our Creator remains the same always.


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