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99 Ways to Fight Worry and Stress by [Kok Colopy, Elsa]
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About the Author

Elsa Kok Colopy is the associate editor for Focus on the Family magazine. She’s authored four books and leads women’s retreats throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.elsakokcolopy.com.

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Introduction

I wish I could say I handle stress and worry with ease. Two years ago I would have told you that I could handle most anything thrown my way. I’m strong. I work out. I eat oatmeal
and pray nearly every day. What more does one need to face the hard times?

Then life came. I had a kidney go bad and required nine hours of surgery to get back on track. A few months later, I was in a bad car wreck. Then my husband lost his job, my
daughter’s appendix ruptured, and we moved across the country. Then there was the small stress of trying to sell a house in a pitiful economy, even as we moved into a two bedroom
apartment with what I’m certain was a rock band (and their roadies) living above us. Then just to keep things interesting, our adult son moved back in with us and is, as I write these words, in need of a kidney transplant. My husband will be the donor. I don’t feel so invincible anymore.

I need more than oatmeal and exercise. I need tools. I need day-to-day coping-with-life tools so I don’t follow through on my temptation to move to the mountains with twenty pounds of chocolate, a few warm blankets, and an armload of romantic comedies.

I figure you understand my pain. You wouldn’t have picked up this book if you didn’t have your own litany of life stuff–things you never expected to happen–worries, fears, heartbreak, stress over finances, marriages, kids, illness.

So join me. Join me as I investigate healthy ways to handle the worry and productive ways to walk through the stress. And maybe together we can move forward, not into our hiding places of choice, but through this season into hope, with smiles on our faces.

Product Details

  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (July 21, 2009)
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPZJFG
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Format: Paperback
This little book cracked me up when I unpacked it. You see, I rarely stress and I'm not a worrier. However, I am married to a man with a Ph.D in Worry, so I thought, if nothing else, I might glean a few things to encourage him to consider.

My first impression was that it was kind of simplistic. I mean, the title alone implies that you can "pick a fun way to attack your worry or stress and voila. Instant success. No, the title doesn't say that, but it's the feeling you get when you look at it. I also wondered at some of the topics in the little book. I mean, one of them suggests that you invest in your friends. Make sure you have multiple friends that you spend regular time with and don't neglect those friendships. Well, that's well and good, but I know an awful lot of people who struggle to find friends, much less invest in them. So, at first, as I read it, I really thought the book was a lovely little collection of pithy stories and platitudes that wouldn't do you any good.

So, why am I writing all this negativity about a book that Multnomah/Waterbrook so graciously provided me to review? Shouldn't I have just put up their publisher's synopsis without my negative input?

Nope. Because the story doesn't end there. As I was mulling my dilemma, the truth of the issue hit me like a Mack Truck. When you're worried or have stress, the last thing you need is an exhaustive treatise on the deep spiritual ramifications of worry and the huge pit of sin someone is in if they dare to struggle with it. When you're stressed and worried, you need a little encouragement to help you out of that pit and then you can see to fight the battle against recurrence.
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Format: Paperback
I guess you really can't judge a book by its cover. Or by its title. I understand Elsa Kok Colopy's new book, 99 Ways to Fight Worry and Stress (Waterbrook) is part of "The 99 Ways" book series, but this book stands on its own. I wasn't too excited when I was assigned to review this book (Not another how-to book!) so I put off reading it. But instead God handed me a special gift--one that was best to unwrap. After all, He knows what I need. I needed this book, and perhaps so may you.

The first sentence echoed the wishes of my heart, "I wish I could say I handle stress and worry with ease." After detailing some of the stressors in her life, Colopy continues, "I need more than oatmeal and exercise. I need tools. I need day-to-day coping-with-life tools so I don't follow through on my temptation to move to the mountains with twenty pounds of chocolate, a few warm blankets, and an armload of romantic comedies." I tried that and felt far away from civilization, gained 30 pounds, still was cold (it did get to -37 degrees Fahrenheit), but I did enjoy those romances! The stress increased dramatically and thirty years later, I still find it difficult to manage stress.

Colopy's "99 Ways to Fight Worry and Stress" are suggestions are rooted in Scripture advising readers to savor friendships, rest, journal, dream, laughing, pursue interests, and find God's truth.. Now this all sounds ordinary when I list them, but the 99 ideas are thoughtful, fanciful, practical and true and they're easy to do--if we just slow down and actually do them! To start, just choose one of the 99 suggestions and do it. Let's see, #15 is "Nap Often." Now, that I can do! Number 50 suggest readers savor food--to slow down whole eating and relish each bite of food. Hmm, good idea.
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How do you fight worry and stress? Do you eat? Do you go for a run? Drink coffee? All of the above? Worry is apart of our life and we need to find ways to combat it.

99 Ways to Fight Worry and Stress by Elsa Kok Colopy is a sweet little book (only 100 pages!) with some practical advice on how to handle worry and stress. I appreciate that you can pick up and look at this book and not have to invest a lot of brain power! (I mean that in the best way.. for those of us with a lot of worry and stress, we can't seem to afford to give much of our brain power away can we? lol) I like that you can choose what you want to take from it, as well as pick and choose which # you want to read about. It makes great for strategic placement in the bathroom when certain guests that could use a little help come over. *wink wink*.

Colopy provides short story segments, biblical wisdom, and practical down to earth ways to deal with stress. If you're looking for ways to enjoy your life and create some peace regardless of what's going on around you, this is a great book to check out!
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