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Worry: Pursuing a Better Path to Peace (Resources for Changing Lives) Paperback – March 1, 2004
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About the Author
David Powlison (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is the editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling and a member of the faculty and counseling staff at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary and is a board member and fellow of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. He and his wife live in Glenside. They have three children.
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In this book the author David Powlison focused on Luke 12:22-34 as his primary passage in addressing the worrying heart. I appreciated that this booklet was based upon a passage of Scripture since you can never go wrong in biblical counseling when you base your counsel upon a passage that explicitly addresses a specific problem. This minimizes the risk of “proof-texting.” By “proof-texting” I mean taking verses out of context to make it say what one wants it to say. Powlison does a good job principlizing from the passage and also drawing rightful application from it.
I thought the booklet had good use of questions that is helpful to probe one’s own heart. I also thought it was interesting that Powlison had a section in the booklet titled “You’ve Got Plenty of Good Reasons to Worry!” I admit at first I was cautious but his point here is not that there are good reasons for ungodly worries. Instead Powlison goes for the issue of the heart by asking “Why do you worry?” Powlison makes a great observation that “Anxiety and control are two sides of the same coin” which means that “When we can’t control some, we worry about it” (12). Whatever the reasons one might have for worrying the next section is the “meat” of the book which gives us better reasons not to worry from Luke 12:22-34. The author points out seven promises that Jesus makes. I think it is good to study them, highlight what the author wrote in this section that stood out, meditate on these promises from Jesus and also regularly review them.
After reading this booklet myself I thought this was a helpful resource for Pastors to assign as a reading assignment for someone whom they are counseling concerning worrying. As often is the case for biblical counseling even the counselor would be greatly edified by this work. An excellent tool in the biblical counselor’s tool belt.