Living Free In An Anxious World (book review)

When I say that more people today are worried, or stressed-out, or suffering from anxiety attacks, I’m not saying anything that you don’t already know. But in Living Free In An Anxious World authors R. Lanny Hunter and Victor L. Hunter give us a whole new way of looking at worry and anxiety.

Many times I’m frustrated by some author’s one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with worry and anxiety. The fact is, we are complicated and we are individuals. But more than that, many authors tend to focus on just one part of the human, when in fact we are a three-part being. There is a physical component, an emotional/mental component, and a spiritual component.

The Hunter brothers are well trained to address the effects of worry in all its forms, as one brother is a medical doctor and the other is a pastor who received specialized training in both religion and psychiatry. They both bring their specialties to this book in a way that I found both informative and comforting.

One of the first concepts they address is that the key is to not eliminate worry from our lives. That, they say, is impossible. The goal is to not worry in a self-destructive way. Right from the first chapter, I found myself buying into their insights which were so real and applicable.

The Hunter brothers explore the biblical, scientific, and even philosophic origins of worry, and provide very real solutions for even a layman like me. This book wasn’t “over my head” nor did it over-simply the very real and challenging task of dealing with worry the right way.

Since 6.5 million Americans suffer from general anxiety disorder every year, chances are good that you are going to have to confront worry in your life or in the life of a loved one. So I highly recommend this book to you.

I am an Abilene Christian University Press book reviewer.

5 Responses to “Living Free In An Anxious World (book review)”

  1. Carla Brogden Says:

    where is that 6.5 million people figure published? I would like to use it when talking about detox, rest, and reflexology! thanks. AC

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  2. Stephanie Vazquez Says:

    I like the fact that this book does not lump all anxiety sufferers together, I don’t have external symptoms, but internal and I know several who shows their stress physically.

    Another reason I like this book review is that the authors seem qualified to write about it and have probably seen many types of anxiety and treatments from their experiences and their life’s works.

    Lastly, I love the fact they are also including the Spiritual side of dealing with anxiety as Christians. Sometimes as Christians we are to appear ‘stress free’ and ‘without a care in the world’ and feel we don’t have enough ‘faith’ to deal with a real needs in our lives. Just this aspect alone adds validitity (sorry, can’t spell) to the entire book.

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  3. The Doctor & The Pastor—Part I | Craig T. Owens Says:

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  4. The Doctor & The Pastor—Part II | Craig T. Owens Says:

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