I just read a book by a mega-church pastor named Lance Hahn, who suffers from anxiety disorder and panic attacks. It’s entitled How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out. I’m reviewing it for HarperCollins. I must say, I’m liking Hahn’s perspective: honest, gracious, realistic, and non-churchy. I think this would be a good read for anyone who suffers from anxiety or is in a close relationship with someone who does (probably most of us). It’s not great literature or a tremendously profound read, but it’s raw and honest. And I think the church has read enough garbage about anxiety to last a few generations. Yes, we must trust God. But anxiety is not a lack of faith. It’s a chemical reaction to a perceived threat. Hahn discusses medication, therapy, and re-adjusting your lifestyle to allow for and compensate for panic attacks. He gives helpful advice about how to minimize anxiety and live a fulfilling and productive life without ruining the lives of the people you love. This is a quick and helpful read for anyone desiring a better understanding of anxiety and fear. (FYI–I received this book for free because I review for Book Look Bloggers.)

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