I thought it might be a good idea to write a post to introduce my new book, Claiming the Promise! Three years ago, I felt the Lord impressing me to write about my journey through anxiety and what I learned from that time. Never having written a book before, and not being skilled with business or marketing know-how, it took a good three years to get this small book written, published, and printed.
What is Claiming the Promise about?
My Testimony: Claiming the Promise focuses on the time when I had first been diagnosed with generalized anxiety (March of 2013). Anxiety was new to me, and I learned a lot that first year. To this day, I still believe 2013 was the hardest year of my life. I share my story from its beginning and end with a pivotal moment that changed my life.
A Description: Claiming the Promise describes what it’s like to have anxiety. True, clinical anxiety goes beyond the anxious feelings one might have before a difficult test, or over lost car keys. I not only describe my own personal symptoms but dive into a description of the different causes of anxiety.
An Encouragement: The sole purpose of Claiming the Promise is to encourage other Christians who also suffer from anxiety. When I was in the depths of anxiety, I searched for help from Christian sources but found little. I pray my story can encourage and lift up other Christians who also suffer.
Gives Guidance: While I don’t go into much detail explaining the clinical aspects of anxiety, I do overview the causes both physical and spiritual. I then go into short detail over the different options one has to choose from in finding their own healing path.
What is Claiming the Promise NOT about?
Expert Medical Advice: I am in no way a medical expert, and do not claim to be so. I have read many books and articles written by medical experts (both Christian and secular) about anxiety. I talked to many anxiety sufferers who found healing. I also talked to doctors, a therapist, and received council from my pastor. I brought all of that knowledge to the Lord and asked Him to guide my pen as I began to write.
A Prescription: If you are looking for a book that will give you five steps to follow for healing, don’t buy my book! My story is not going to be your story. Don’t expect your journey to look like mine! And please, don’t expect my path of healing to be your path.
Coping Skills: Honestly, I wish I had put a chapter about coping skills in Claiming the Promise, but God did not lead me in that direction. I do, however, have several articles on the blog about it. Click here to read my article, Tips to Overcoming a Panic Attack. Or you can click here to read my article, Six Helps for Christians with Anxiety.
Popular: As a Christian, I often flow against this worlds current. Many of my ideas and philosophies about anxiety are not popular. All I can share with you is what I know, and what God has personally brought me through. I am guessing this book would be frowned upon by some medical experts. Being a follower of Christ and believing the Bible is not always popular.
1 John 3:13 – Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Now that you know what Claiming the Promise is about (and what it’s not about), I encourage you to buy a book! Read it and pass it on to someone else! This is a ministry and my only intent is to encourage others. I am not going to make a dime off my website or in selling any books. My prayer is that I can point others to the hope we have in Christ to overcome anxiety, and to make a difference in someone’s life!