Sunday, June 15, 2014

Overwhelmed by Perry Noble

About the Book:

Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? There’s good news—you’re not alone!

 No one ever said life was going to be easy. Between financial struggles, marital issues, health scares, and the run-of-the-mill problems of everyday life, it’s easy to feel weighed down and trapped by your circumstances. In times like these, it’s tempting to just throw in the towel and quit.

Well, don’t do it!

Perry Noble has stood at the edge of the abyss himself, and in Overwhelmed, he shares the keys to unlocking the chains of anxiety and despair once and for all. Building on the premise that everything changes when we shift our focus from our circumstances to Christ, Perry walks readers through a life-altering plan for overcoming stress, worry, depression, and anxiety so we can be free to embrace the abundant, joy-filled lives we were created for.

God knows we’re frustrated. He knows we’re tired. He knows we’re struggling. But He also knows how things are going to turn out. He is greater than anything you’re going through . . . so don’t give up on God. After all, He has never given up on you!

My Thoughts:

Allow me to illustrate just how powerful Perry Noble's book, "Overwhelmed" is.  I was reading an advance copy while driving with my husband, and occasionally I'd giggle or burst out "Oh, wow!"  I shared a few passages with my husband as we drove along.

One of our stops was a bookstore.  Guess what my husband purchased?  Yup!  His own copy.

Perry takes a very familiar Bible story and turns it on its head, bringing to light new details is a fresh and applicable way.  Daniel and the three Hebrew children (who were actually young men, but eh...what are you going to do) perfectly illustrate how to refuse to live life perpetually overwhelmed.

And Perry writes from personal experience.  He shares from deep places within his heart, and details from his childhood and his past that many would prefer to keep hidden from public view.  But he insists that church isn't a place of perfection, rather a place of process and progress, and it's time we all were honest about our 'overwhelmedness'...just made that word up.  Pretty clever, huh?

The wonderful thing about God is His timing.  He knew I needed to 'choose' to pick up Perry Noble's book and read it now.  I thought I was just getting to a review...instead, I was getting one of the best and most helpful life lessons I've received in a long, long time.

My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my advance copy via NetGalley (and to my husband for our purchased copy) in exchange for an honest review (hey, it was an honest review that got my husband to buy the book!).  "Overwhelmed" is the best book in today's market for today's believer.

Happy Reading!



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