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How Christianity Increased My Anxiety, and Why You Don’t Have to Have the Same Experience

I know the title of this post will make some people instantly protective. God’s not a God of confusion, they’ll say. How could you take something as clear as the Bible and get confused by that? A few reasons: God may not be a God of confusion, but how we talk about Him often leaves… Continue reading How Christianity Increased My Anxiety, and Why You Don’t Have to Have the Same Experience

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Personal Reflection, The Bible

Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

Author's Note: This was originally written as a chapter for a book I was working on. I have decided to scrap that book idea and pursue a different direction with it, but still wanted to share this chapter. It's a bit long, but I hope it's helpful. The text is altered to reflect its status… Continue reading Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

In The Midst of Madness, The Bible

‘A Place to Rest’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 5

NOTE: This is the fifth preview excerpt of my book In The Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. A Place to Rest Late in high school and then in college, when I was struggling with my relationship anxiety, my mother shared Matthew… Continue reading ‘A Place to Rest’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 5

In The Midst of Madness, Personal Reflection

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 4

NOTE: This is the fourth excerpt from my upcoming book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself.” In November 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then the governor of New York, won the United… Continue reading “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 4

Christian Culture, In The Midst of Madness

‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

NOTE: This is the third excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book releases on Jan. 12, 2018. Modern Anxious Romance In his book Modern Romance, comedian and actor Aziz Ansari (who plays the hilarious Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation) explores the quirks and difficulties of… Continue reading ‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

In The Midst of Madness, Personal Reflection

‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2

NOTE: This is the second preview excerpt of my book In The Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. Our Anxiety Is for Our Good You might not believe me. And I wouldn’t blame you for doing so. If you suffer with the… Continue reading ‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2

Christian Culture, In The Midst of Madness, Personal Reflection

‘Introduction’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 1

NOTE: This is an excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief, which is releasing on the iBooks Store on Jan. 12. You can read more about the book here. Probably my favorite book of all time is Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning. It’s somewhat unlikely you’ve… Continue reading ‘Introduction’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 1

Personal Reflection

Don’t Give Up: Even When You’re Depressed and Anxious Like Me

Note: This is the continuation of a series on the idea of not giving up in different scenarios. Previous posts include entries on work and relationships. The previous posts have not had a particular audience, it can be applied generally. But my heart is for the Church, for the body of Christ. So the next two… Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Even When You’re Depressed and Anxious Like Me

Personal Reflection

Don’t Give Up: A Series on Why You Shouldn’t Quit on Yourself

I'm someone who likes to give up. Always have been. My mom has told me several times that when I was younger, I would start to build a block tower. If the tower collapsed, I would give up. Most kids would probably try again. But me? Nah, I'd quit. For whatever reason, I wouldn't find… Continue reading Don’t Give Up: A Series on Why You Shouldn’t Quit on Yourself

Personal Reflection

Being ‘On Fire for God’ Isn’t Easy for Anxious and Depressed Christians Like Me.

Perhaps the most common response people with anxiety and depression get from others when they bring it up is this: "Just move on. Deal with it and move on." There seems to be this expectation that, like most people, those dealing with mental disorders have some masterful ability to control their emotions. This is far… Continue reading Being ‘On Fire for God’ Isn’t Easy for Anxious and Depressed Christians Like Me.