The Week in Books 2009, No. 18

Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment is definitely going to make it into my top books for this year. This book was so convicting and encouraging that I took ten pages of notes on it, which is probably a record for me especially considering that the book is less than 200 pages long.

The book is a study of how to cultivate a heart of contentment, but it includes many facets of contentment and anxiety that I hadn’t considered before. I was challenged to think deeply about my thoughts and attitudes:

  • Do I really believe that God is the Blessed Controller of all of my circumstances?
  • Do I spend the majority of my time dwelling on positive aspects of my life or negative things?
  • Do I pray specifically for things I am anxious about, or do I choose to worry instead?
  • Can I accept my portion with thanks, or do I continually compare my life with others’?
  • What kind of woman do I want to be 10 years from now? Or when I’m 80? How will I become that woman?
  • Have I made a habit of grumbling?
  • Do I spend more time asking “What if?” or “If only…” or “Why?” rather than reminding myself of the truth of God’s goodness and His faithfulness to me?
  • Are my eyes on Jesus or my problems? Are my thoughts centered on the fact of God’s Word or on my circumstances?
  • Do I judge God by the circumstances of my life that I don’t understand, or do I judge the circumstances in light of the character of God?

I could go on, but what stuck out to me may not be what sticks out to you. I would highly recommend this book (it also has study questions appended that could be used with a Biblestudy group or done by yourself, along with suggested Scripture to memorize and study more deeply) – it is one that I think would be applicable and helpful for women in any stage of life.

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