Walking on Water, Book Review

Walking on Water When You Feel Like You’re Drowning: Finding Hope in Life’s Darkest Momentsby Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt

Well-known Christian pastor and teacher, Tommy Nelson, and counselor, Steve Leavitt, work together to bring information and encouragement to Christians suffering from anxiety and depression in their new book, Walking on Water When You Feel Like You’re DrowningThey write what they know.  Both of them walked through a profound season of anxiety/depression and now share what they have learned with others.

Sometimes we think that Christians should just “snap out of it” and that enough Bible reading and praise music can overcome any psychological crisis.  Nelson and Leavitt expose that myth.  Perhaps the very best thing about this book is the encouraging message that you are not alone if you are facing anxiety, depression and compulsive behaviors. After all, as the authors note, many of the Biblical authors experienced similar struggles.

Another myth that Tommy Nelson tackles head on comes from his own realization: “I never throughout you could burn out doing something you loved. I was wrong.”  We tend to fill up with activity and accomplishment, particularly in Christian circles where the amount of our involvement seems to be equated with how much faith we have or how committed we are to Christ.  None of us, however, can function long-term on lots of adrenaline and little downtime.  So often, the authors note, the culprit is stress.

Using encouragements from Scripture, their own personal experiences, the testimonies of others, and solid reminders to seek healing for the whole person (spiritual, emotional, and physical), Nelson and Leavitt have written a book filled with hope.  It’s not highly technical.  It’s not deeply theological.  Each chapter is short and they share Scripture verses often without performing an exegetical commentary.  It’s kept clear and straightforward, just two guys talking to you about what it feels like to be “drowning,” and how to end up walking on the water instead.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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