Anxiety, the most common mental disorder in the U.S., affects 40 million adults age 18 and older, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The disorder, coupled with the breakneck pace of today’s digital world, can bring stress, fear, exhaustion, and depression to daily life.
Taking a less clinical approach than many of the anxiety books in the general market, religion publishers are offering ways to fight anxiety and stress with biblical insight, spiritual practices, and other tips for finding peace.
Live the Let-Go Life: Breaking Free from Stress, Worry, and Anxiety
Prince, the pastor of a megachurch in Singapore, draws on personal experience and biblical teachings to offer advice on ridding oneself of stress and anxiety. He suggests things such as learning to let go, finding a rhythm of rest, and discovering the right tempo for your life. The book has an accompanying study guide.
Prayers for Freedom over Worry and Anxiety
Wilkinson, author of more than 60 books, combines short devotions, Scripture, and prayers for readers looking to release burdens and fears about staying safe, financial strains, facing the future, and more. He provides a three-step process intended to help overcome anxiety based on passages from the Bible.
Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands
Husband-and-wife authors draws on their years of counseling to help women avoid spiritual, emotional, and physical exhaustion. The book encourages good habits such as prayer and aims to help women find rest for body and soul. A companion volume for men, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, is slated for publication in March.
I’m Not a Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave
Lucado aims to help adults broach conversations about fear and bravery with children through a picture book that chronicles the misadventures of a scaredy-cat in this companion children’s edition of Anxious For Nothing (Thomas Nelson, Sept.). Scaredy-cat confronts his biggest fears, with help from a child’s version of Philippians 4:6-9: “God, you are good. God, you are near. God, you are here. And, God, you love me.”