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Shawn Johnson, lead pastor of Red Rocks Church, gives a searingly honest portrait of anxiety and depression and shows readers how to fight back and live free.
Shawn Johnson was the lead pastor of a thriving, fast-growing church. He was supposed to have it all together. But he was also struggling in silence with anxiety and depression, suffering from debilitating panic attacks that told him the lie that this would never end, that he'd spend the rest of his life in excruciating pain. Until one day he ended up sobbing and screaming on the side of the road. He had to be brought home by his wife and two friends, who removed any potential weapons from his house while he sat with his head in his hands, begging God for a miracle.
In Attacking Anxiety, Shawn vulnerably shares about this dark time and offers those familiar with that same struggle everything he's learned in his battles with anxiety, depression, and hopelessness. As readers join Shawn on this journey, he will
- expose the lies that lead toward isolation and replace them with the truths that are essential to survival;
- reveal the things that most people don't realize are adding more anxiety and depression to their lives and replace them with the wisdom and support that lead to true freedom;
- explain what to do when you, or someone you love, is in the middle of a panic attack, and
- guide you through what you need to know, what you need to start doing, what you need to stop doing, and what you need to remember in order to start attacking anxiety and depression.
This is not a one-and-done process that will completely free you from all brokenness, but it will help you recognize that, even in the middle of so much brokenness and overwhelming pain, God has a plan and a purpose for your life, and he is ready to heal you in ways you never thought possible.
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Shawn Johnson serves as lead pastor of Red Rocks Church in Denver, Colorado, a community he and a small group of people started in 2005 that has grown to include six different campuses. Red Rocks Church has been listed on both Outreach Magazine's Fastest Growing Churches list and Largest Churches list many times, most recently listed as the 14th largest church in America. Shawn has spoken at a variety of conferences, events, ministries, and other churches, including Leadership Network, Right Now Media, Experience Conference, C3 Conference, and many others. Shawn and his wife, Jill, have three active sons, Ethan, Austin, and Ashton, so when they're not at church, they're usually watching or playing sports.
Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, Life.Church is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel.
With a passion for serving the Church and partnering to reach people for Christ, Life.Church develops and shares resources and applications with churches worldwide. Life.Church also developed YouVersion and the Bible App. Created to help increase access and engagement with the Bible, the Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million devices and in every country of the world.
Craig and his wife, Amy, have six children and live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where Life.Church began in 1996. He speaks frequently at conferences worldwide, hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast, and is a New York Times best-selling author.
- ASIN : B09831LKM1
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (February 15, 2022)
- Publication date : February 15, 2022
- Language : English
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- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1400230691
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,019 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Shawn says he lives in a healthier way. He says healthier because 100% healing from some trials doesn’t come until heaven. But we don’t have to live in depression we can fight. It is amazing how honest he is being. Shawn is dragging this stuff into the light so Christians can truly experience the freedom that accompanies the salvation that they already have.
And Shawn is helping people who don’t struggle with depression to understand what it is like have this struggle. At the end of this book he details all, every strategy, I have had in counseling in a much better way than I can describing them.
Also at the end of the book and in the sermon series he and the associate pastor talk about things people who don’t struggle with depression can do to help those who are in it, and they are spot on from my experience. They also touch on things people say to people with depression that are not helpful. Even better and more important advice!
I wish every Christian could read this book. Unknowingly as a culture and a Christian community we have driven people deeper into depression. This is so very dangerous because depression can be terminal. That is what suicide is, terminal depression. Shawn explains why people want to commit suicide better than anyone I have heard. That piece really clicked for me when I read his testimony. Powerful.
In a perfect world everyone in any kind of ministry from Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader, youth leader, counselor , or Pastor should hear this story. I wish every mother, brother, sister, mom, dad, daughter or son of a person who has had depression could hear this story and internalize it.
Praise God for our greater understanding of mental illness, and these millennial pastors for dragging this stuff into the light, so it no longer has the power cripple us with shame. And let their be no more pretending. And no more shaming. I can’t tell how blessed I was by listening to these guys. This story really exemplifies what It means to live in God’s grace and give others the same grace God gives to us.
I am often weary of Christian books that fall into the “self-help” or “you should do these things to feel better” category because so many of them lean on the author’s personal experiences alone and expect us to just trust that the revelations came from God with no actual ties to scripture (or, worse, one verse that absent context can mean anything you want). THIS BOOK IS NOT THAT!
This book is biblical example after biblical example of fighting back through prayer, worship, gratitude, remembrance, and leaning on promises of God.
These tools are not exclusively helpful in fighting anxiety and depression. These tools are spiritual warfare. They will equip you to take back purpose, confidence, and peace from whatever the enemy is using to steal your joy. For me, that’s not actually anxiety and depression, but this book was immensely encouraging and helpful all the same.
To truly learn the lessons of this book, you have to spend as much time in the Word of God as you do in the pages of “Attacking Anxiety,” and that is what makes it so special, unique, and life-changing.
It is horrible that Pastor Shawn went through an unimaginably difficult journey with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. But it is wonderful that we serve a God who uses those things for good. Who can take a test and make a testimony — a testimony that has the potential for enormous cultural impact.
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Reviewed in France 🇫🇷 on March 22, 2022