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Globally, we’ve never been more anxious. Statistics for those seeking help for anxiety are rising rapidly and countless more individuals battle day after day feeling isolated and alone. Maybe you’re one of them.
If so, then this timely and helpful book on anxiety is for you. Writing both to those desperately seeking peace for themselves and for those seeking to help others, Chartered psychologist and experienced counsellor Catherine Haddow speaks truth to calm our fearful minds and hearts.
Catherine helps us to understand how anxiety operates in our bodies at a physical and spiritual level. She then unpacks how the treasure of the gospel can alter our experience of anxiety, pointing to how God’s promises penetrate our struggles.
There is another better way to contend with our anxieties. Ultimately, deep and lasting peace can be found, not in a process, but in the person of Jesus who meets us in our fear and brokenness.
'We are all “jars of clay”, frail and weak, each experiencing anxiety or supporting others as they struggle. Catherine shows anxiety for what it is, whether unseen and unspoken or diagnosed and known to others. Struggling personally or supporting others, this is a book to be read with much thought and prayer. With great insight, compassion and skill, Catherine helps us examine our hearts in the light of key Bible passages that re-orientate us to Christ and show how the apostle Paul responded to material, relational and health challenges. You will be helped to fight the thoughts that spiral downwards and slowly and carefully combat misplaced worship as you turn to the treasure we have in Christ and our citizenship in heaven. This is a timely, much-needed book which gives vital medicine for our hearts and minds that will impact us to live for God’s glory.’
– Elinor Magowan, FIEC Women’s Ministry Coordinator and
Pastor’s Wife, Carey Baptist Church, Reading
This is an important book which should be read by all Pastors, Church Leaders and Family Counsellors. At an initial scanning, the book appeared to me that everybody is suffering from anxiety of fear. However, once getting into the book and carefully understanding Catherine Haddow’s message, it can be clearly recognised that she writes from a wide range of professional counselling, public speaking and personal experiences. Not only that, Catherine also speaks from a depth of Scriptural understanding which is both insightful and challenging. This one book speaks both to those who are ‘weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care’ and also to those who have the responsibility of counselling those who struggle with anxiety. And this includes not only those who work in the privacy of the counselling chamber, not only those Pastors and teachers who work from a public platform but also you and me as we relate to friends and neighbours. Throughout the book are a number of eloquent ‘case studies’ which clearly and poignantly support her message. ‘Jars of Clay’ challenges each one of us to look more carefully to the Scriptures concerning this whole topic of fear and anxiety. Thank you, Catherine.
The very first chapter in ‘Jars of Clay’ starts with presenting a biblical worldview, which is crucial for approaching this topic from a biblical perspective. Throughout the book the author remains rooted in the bible, drawing from the text and starting with the word of God. This flows through the book consistently with Catherine’s psychology being in subjection to the word of God. The author zooms in on the key point that we must be Christ–centred in all of life. We must have a biblical perspective and be conformed to God. After laying the foundation for man’s natural condition (fallen and broken), the author then proceeds to cover an array of areas surrounding anxiety, emotions, Christ–centredness, self–centredness, distinguishing between body and spirit in regards to anxiety, but well balanced when discussing both. The book looks at anxiety in the bible, seeking examples such as the apostle Paul and Jesus, before delving into those texts. We see anxiety will lead to our treasure, which is where we will find our heart. Which is either in Christ conforming to His will, His way and His thoughts or the world. The book feels like a pushback to believers as individuals and the church as a whole. In terms of the way we think about emotions, being Christ–centred, or looking at things from God’s perspective (biblically). Personally I think the writer hints at it in the book, but in every situation we should ask, what does God want or will? What does the bible say about this? Filled with helpful diagrams, charts, examples and reflective questions at the end of each chapter, which are suitable for all believers. These questions get you thinking and challenging yourself on where your heart is. It has practical advice and helpful methods for life as we walk with Jesus, as well as being supportive and helpful for those really suffering with anxiety. It is well presented and written, easy to read and follow. The author handles sensitive topics well, providing information on the issue and bible verses, then leaving it to the reader to follow the bible and their conscience. A good read for all believers.
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