Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly, Wrong

Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety by Kelly G. Wilson and Troy Dufrene 

Anxiety. Panic attacks. Mind won’t stop spinning. Worry. Fear. More than 5% of the general population struggles with anxiety and clergy rates are closer to 9% at any given time.* For all we are told and we tell people to “let go and let God”, that is not always the most practical advice. Just how do we let go and let God, and should we always take this route? 

Anxiety has historic roots and is literally genetically programed into us. Think back to the cave people. One cave person looks out of the cave at night sees something in the woods. Worried it might be a bear, his anxiety keeps him in the cave until daylight and he lives to pass on his anxiety gene to another generation. The cave person who goes bounding out into the dark woods, unafraid of things that go bump in the night, is eaten by the bear, his non-anxious genes lost forever to the sands of time. (Page 28-31) Anxiety is literally in our DNA so we better figure out how to work with it. 

Perhaps you are struggling to maintain control over your anxiety or have a parishioner needing a resource to help with anxiety. Maybe the issues is bigger, and your church is suffering from Congregational Anxiety due to financial issues, leadership transition or just a long-standing tradition of being an anxious congregation. 

This is a great resource to better understand anxiety and redirect it into productive, problem solving emotions. This is achieved through light-hearted banter about a tough subject and exercises that can be easily adapted to a group setting. After all, things might go terribly, horribly wrong, and the more tools you have to deal with it, the less likely you are to want to move to Australia. 

Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Things-Might-Terribly-Horribly-Wrong/dp/1572247118/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457471555&sr=1-1&keywords=things+might+go+terribly+horribly+wrong 


*http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10935-013-0321-4

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