Finding a path to freedom
Will van der Hart and Rob Waller
Inter-Varsity Press, 2011
£7.99 Pb 176pp
ISBN 978 1 84474 543 2
Dedicated to those who worry The Worry Book offers 'a path to freedom'. With an attractive cover and written by two directors of the popular Mind and Soul website, the book brings together the evidence based cognitive behavioural therapy approach, Scripture and a wealth of practical hints and tips. Solutiosn are not just about praying harder but can incorporate proven psychotherapeutic approaches as well.
The authors are honest; Will is a worrier and Rob a perfectionist. They use lessons from their own and others' lives to inform and encourage. The one is warm and engaging. Readers learn what worry is, how it affects them, and how to tackle it. Practical exercises and examples abound, alongside prayer and use of Scripture throughout. Christians can sometimes approach faith and life in black and white ways that worsen uncertainties and doubt.
Chapters tackle this head-on and deal with issues such as how to live with uncertainty. Finally the book encourages hope and prayer as well as appropriate use of health and voluntary sector resources. This is a great book for those who worry and also for ministers, families and friends.
Chris Williams is Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow