We both love how Matthew has taken the concept of sin and given a breath of fresh air to the topic. You must read this book because in its pages you will finally gain a biblical perspective on sin and what it takes to free yourself from the bonds that so easily entangle!

Gary and Michael Smalley
Smalley Relationship Center
When mental illness afflicts a loved one, how can we understand what is happening and respond appropriately? This biblically-literate and scientifically-informed book offers helpful insight, encouragement, and practical advice. For pastors and for those who hurt for those who hurt, Matthew Stanford offers sensitive and welcome guidance.

David G. Myers, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Hope College and author of Psychology Through the Eyes of Faith.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Heightened anxiety is not just a product of our fast-paced, modern society but has been a common problem throughout human history. We find it discussed in the wisdom literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes), by Jesus in the gospels (Matthew, Luke) and in the epistles of Paul (Philippians) and Peter (1 Peter). We also see it manifested in the lives of many Old and New Testament biblical characters (e.g., Adam, Job, Saul, David, Elijah, Martha, Paul and Peter). Anxiety at normal levels is healthy. Concern for the well being of others (2 Corinthians 11:28; Philippians 2:28) or a physiological response that rouses us to action in a threatening or dangerous situation is a God given part of our being. But excessive worry or worse an anxiety disorder is not healthy but destructive both physically and spiritually. Anxiety is mentally divisive and a result of that confusion of thought is often a misperception of the character of God. God is seen as punitive, perfectionistic and authoritative, someone who can never be satisfied no matter how hard you try. When ministering to those struggling with anxiety our emphasis should be on God’s unconditional love and faithful provision for us. We must remind them that we do not have to perform for God’s love and acceptance. By grace we already have it if we are in Christ. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Thy consolations delight my soul (Psalm 94:19).

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