I have had the blessing of reviewing two great books recently. From Fear to Faith, by Gary Zimak and The Grace of Yes, by Lisa Hendey. (The fish on the cover has been named 'Fiat') I would highly recommend both of these books, especially for Christmas gifts this year!
Book Review: From Fear to Faith a Worrier's Guide to Discovering Peace, by Gary Zimak
People close to me suffer from anxiety issues, so I actually purchased Gary Zimak's books as gifts. When they came in, however, I picked up a copy and couldn't put it down. Gary approaches the subject of fear and anxiety in a self-disclosing, sensitive, and practical way. His writing style is very easy to read and moves quickly. It feels as if you are sitting down with this author and he is sharing his insights with you.
The book is not a how-to, as much as, it is a journey. Each section concludes with a "Remember, Reflect, and Respond" guide, which makes From Fear to Faith a practical workbook for anyone struggling with anxiety.
I truly enjoy Gary's easy style and reminders as you embark upon this journey. For example, his advice, "Don't be surprised if Satan himself tempts you with the idea that lasting peace is not possible," is followed by his solution to combat this pitfall by keeping your eyes on Jesus.
Mr. Zimak reveals a 'secret weapon' in the fight against worry and anxiety and a pledge to help the reader move past the place that they are stuck (when worry controls your life or prevents you from being truly happy.)
You do not need to struggle with a severe anxiety issue or worry problem to find this book helpful, but if you do, you will find it an invaluable tool in that fight!
Book Review: The Grace of Yes, by Lisa Hendey
Reading Lisa's book felt like having a cup of coffee with my best friend while we shared the details of our lives, faith journeys, and while she counseled me gently on how to give my best 'Yes' to God!
Although she is telling her story, I felt as if we were interacting. I even found myself speaking out loud as I flipped through the pages. Lisa focuses on eight beautiful virtues, such as generosity and integrity. She weaves a tale of her own life, things she has been taught and insights she has gained along the journey.
Each chapter ends with a 'ponder and pray' section, which helps the reader apply the lessons to their lives. I believe that this book would be a welcome addition to anyone woman's spiritual collection and look forward to rereading the chapters as I constantly need reminders on the 'Grace of Yes.'
*Both these reviews are also available on Amazon.