Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm Kindle Edition
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"Steve Austin knows the wounds of hell about which he writes so movingly in this book. In the case of every wound he knows, Steve has turned that wound into a source of healing power. That is why he is one of the most mobilized, energized, walking witnesses of New Life I have ever known. Now, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a hefty dose of New Life for yourself in his words."
-Rev. Ed Bacon, Author of 8 Habits of Love
"There are two things that make Steve Austin's voice unique and worth hearing. First, he's been through hell and come back with the kind of hopefulness that is as contagious as it is compelling. People are always better for having encountered such people. Second, he's candid. He says the thing that so many are thinking but are afraid to say, and shares the details of the story that others would hide--and he does all of that without being smug or self-aggrandizing. On the contrary, Steve's candor is tempered by a grace and compassion that makes it safe for others to be honest about what they're experiencing and to also encounter hope. In Catching Your Breath, Steve offers himself as a companion to those who feel like they are drowning, not as a lifeguard but as a coach saying 'Hey. You can swim!'''
-Andre Henry, Managing Editor at RELEVANT Media Group
"My friend Steve understands more than most that we are messed up people living in a messed up world with other messed up people. He understands the human condition. He refuses to sugarcoat the depth of his own desperation and need. But he also understands that God meets our messed-up-ness with his mercy over and over and over again. He understands that God loves bad and broken people because bad and broken people are all that there are. He's uncomfortably honest, remarkably compassionate, and beautifully rough around the edges. Thank you for your friendship, Steve. And thank you for this book. Page after page you reminded me that 'It is finished.'"
-Tullian Tchividjian, author of One-Way Love, and Jesus + Nothing = Everything
"Catching Your Breath is like sitting with a very wise, accepting, and loving friend when your life feels like it is spinning out of control. This friend speaks a calm, nurturing, gracious care over you when you are unable to offer it to yourself. This reflection will speak especially to people who have come through and are now out, or almost out, or half-out, of conservative religious subcultures that have not managed to offer the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional resources that many of their people need. I find this an important and very meaningful book. Highly recommended."
-Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee, Author, Still Christian
President, American Academy of Religion
Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University
"What a beautiful gift this book is for those of us living in today's world. Steve's wholehearted vulnerability invites us to question the often-glorified and addictive pattern of chaos, constantly going, unhealthy striving, achieving to avoid pain, comparing, and the illusion of control. We get one sacred life and what we do with this time matters. For this reason, I am deeply grateful for Steve's willingness to share his story as a reminder that we can't always control what happens in life, but we can often control how we respond to others, events, and situations in life. It is in this subtle shift of control that Steve unpacks how we can ultimately move from chaos to calm along this sacred journey."
-Dr. Holly K. Oxhandler, LMSW
Assistant Professor | Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
"In Catching Your Breath, Steve Austin meets you where you are. Austin immediately puts himself in your shoes, gently takes your hand, and from there, you're off. From the practical and relatable advice he gives, you can tell he's been there. I would highly recommend this book to a friend who's going through a tough time."
-Sarah Schuster, Mental Health Editor at The Mighty
"Steve Austin has done it again. Catching Your Breath is a truth-telling memoir about being truly human. In our "fake-it-till-you-make-it-world" of 24/7 shiny posts that fuel our perfectionism, Austin delivers courageous medicine: we are all broken - and more important, we are all beautiful, valuable, unique, and connected. Instead of hiding, Austin calls us all to the table and asks us to catch our breaths in order to be vulnerable--together. What a gift!"
-J. Dana Trent, Author of For Sabbath's Sake
"This book is absolutely essential right now for our well-being, to help us catch our breath and save our souls. And there is no better guy to guide you along the way."
- Brandon Andress, author of Learning to See Beauty in the Wreckage and Host of Outside the Walls podcast
"In Catching Your Breath, Steve Austin has written a treatise for finding our center amidst the frantic pace of today's world. I am honored to recommend this book to people who feel burnt out, used up and lifeless. Catching Your Breath can feed your creative spirit again, and provide fuel as you move, at your own pace, going forward."
-Rev. Andrea L. Stoeckel
Steve's website says "underdogs welcome." He means that! His life embodies grace and compassion for everyone. He was at rock bottom when he attempted suicide; and since that day, he's softened and matured and grown and learned and has been sharing his story of messy grace the entire way. If you've ever felt overwhelmed or unsure of how to move forward, I recommend Catching Your Breath! Steve's story is real, raw, and relatable."
- J.J. Landis, author of Some Things You Keep
"If you are among the multitudes who need help to just survive the next 24 hours, this book will be a God-send."
-Dr. Paula Champion Jones, Retired UMC pastor
"Catching Your Breath is a fearless work in which Austin demonstrates vulnerability and nakedness; showing us his scars so we can begin to be comfortable with our own. His story travels with us to places of deep pain, but his words of encouragement provide a ladder and light for the climb out."
-Suzanne DeWitt Hall
Author of the Rumplepimple adventures and Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional for LGBTQI+ Individuals and Their Allies
From the Back Cover
Too many people are overwhelmed and holding on to deep suffering, unable to catch their breath in a world that tells them to fake it 'til they make it. As the pressure of fear, pain, anxiety, and anger build, sooner or later these individuals are going to explode--just like bestselling author and life coach Steve Austin.
That's no way to live.
With rare honesty, true stories, and refreshingly straight talk, Austin shares his personal journey from crippling anxiety and perfectionism to calm amid life's inevitable chaos. He pulls no punches, revealing his darkest moments and the thoughts most people would be too afraid to admit to.
Yet he offers hope. In these powerful pages, you'll find simple ways to cultivate calm and practice self-care by living courageously and authentically. It all starts with vulnerability.
Discover how to come up for air and breathe again.
- ASIN : B07FXS24S7
- Publisher : Steve Austin Creative Services, LLC (October 21, 2018)
- Publication date : October 21, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2546 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 156 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1732380740
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #896,933 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I felt rather than write a standard review, I needed to write a personal thank you instead. You have given a great gift to me personally with this book. Your raw honesty and naked (or “nekkid”, as you would say) vulnerability throughout the telling of your story, is not only courageous and inspiring - it’s life saving, Steve. It is people like you sharing stories like yours that will bring much needed healing to very wounded souls all over the world from all walks of life. I know, because that’s exactly what you’ve done for me with “Catching Your Breath”. And I simply cannot thank you enough, but felt I needed to at least try. You, Steve Austin, are a blessing of hope for the world. You are a blessing to me.
Easy-to-read doesn't mean light on impact, though! Steve hits hard on key topics and includes some thoughts at the end of chapters to help the reader take their own steps to achieve a state of calm in their lives.
Steve offers good, practical advice from the perspective of someone who's been-there-done-that. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or just life in general, this book will help you.
I got a copy of this book right after my family survived Hurricane Michael. I cannot tell you how many times I've flipped through the pages to find a healing nugget. Keep this one by the bedside.
Life is tough. We are all wounded by it to some extent. In Catching Your Breath, Steve reveals his wounds and endeavors to use them to heal and to help others heal.
I highly recommend this book!