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What if anxiety—the most common mental ailment in America—isn’t useless pain? What if it can lead us somewhere happier and more peaceful?

In this slim yet mighty volume, first-time author Rachael Dymski writes gorgeously and honestly of her lifelong struggle with anxiety. Through stories of visiting her British grandparents on the Channel Islands, marrying an old soul who harbors none of the same worries as her, and becoming a mother for the first time, Dymski winsomely wrestles with the reality of life in a world both glorious and inglorious, joyous and heart wrenching.

“People with anxiety don’t need to just ‘have more faith.’ If they could just do that, I’m sure they would,” she writes. “They need room to ask, to explore, to discover all the things they would never question if they never went down this road. They need people who are willing to sit with them and walk them through it.”

Dymski walks her readers through 10 different kinds of anxiety, including worries about God, marriage, motherhood, vocations, friendship, and social media. She is a companionable guide, offering the gentle and welcome message that peace is not nearly as far away as we think.

A timely book for an anxious age, this potent read leads the nervous Nellie inside all of us to the only one who can calm our nerves and still our storms. As Christians, we can struggle with our questions and fears and yet invite God’s durable peace into our most fretful moments. (New Hope Publishers)

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