Anxious Christian

Posted on May 2nd, by npernia in Available Now, Books. Comments Off on Anxious Christian


What will I do after graduation? Who should I marry? Where should I look for work? What will my friends think? What if my marriage is falling apart? What if I’m drowning in debt?

In our journey of faith there are particular moments that produce a certain amount of anxiety. Often anxiety and/or worry has been looked upon as an “un-Christian” feeling to have.

Can God use your anxiety for good?
But The Anxious Christian  conveys the message that anxiety can actually be helpful in our spiritual formation, and that God can use anxiety as a catalyst to move people forward in their life of faith. In that movement, anxiety’s gift is that it allows us to face our resistance and fears, understand where those fears come from, and then make intentional choices about important issues such as career, marriage, money, and our spiritual lives. It’s time to get unstuck.

It is quite common in the Christian life that when someone mentions they are experiencing anxiety, they are often dismissed and devalued by what are often well-intentioned Christian platitudes and Bible quoting. But this dismissal of anxiety often produces shame in the individual, driving their anxiety into hiding where it can do more damage. Let’s re-think our shame in this area by planting the seed that anxiety in our lives can be a catalyst for growth that moves us closer to who God created us to be.

About the Author
Trivia about Rhett: He loves running and Skittles, just not at the same time. He is named after Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind.

Rhett Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in private practice at Auxano Counseling in Plano, TX as well as a staff therapist at The Hideaway Experience marriage intensive in Amarillo, TX. Rhett loves coming alongside people at the various stages in their life in order to help them best navigate some of the issues they may be experiencing such as depression, anxiety, marital issues, grief and more.

Rhett is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (MDIV, MSMFT), and the author of The Anxious Christian and What It Means to be a Man (Moody Publishers).

Rhett lives in McKinney, TX with his wife Heather and their two kids. You can read more about the work Rhett does at as well as reading more of his writing at Find Rhett on Twitter @Rhetter.

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