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Living Without Worry by Timothy Lane – A Review

ldworry_mediumborder.hjog6xdm752qmagw2ebqmrohfru27xedLiving Without Worry (Good Book Company, 2014) by Timothy Lane is a helpful, concise, and accessible treatment about the roots of anxiety and methods of dealing with it. While recognising different degrees of anxiety and various physiological conditions that may contribute to, or arise from, extreme situations, Lane offers basic principles to try navigate the circumstances of worry in a positive manner.
Identifying causes of worry that arise from past (actions done by the individual, or to the individual), the future (situations that may arise), the present (what is happening now); Lane goes on to unfold a pattern by which the individual identifies how these circumstances supplant or distort focus on God and then cultivate a perspective that expresses trust in God.
Scripture is skilfully used to both provide the pattern of the counsel as well as the context for trusting it. Helpful questions practically unfold the process and an important section contextualises the process in terms of recognising that circumstances in life will provide opportunities to give in to worry and fear, but these are used by God to grow the faith of his people.
Personally, as a long-standing worrier who is inclined to periods of melancholy, Lane’s analysis rings true and his counsel resonates as being a constructive pattern to dealing with the various situations in life that can easily lead to anxiety. Even as I read it for this review I found current situations causing apprehension giving way to a sense of God’s power and purpose that brings peace.

The .mobi edition of Living Without Worry upon which this review is based was provided by Cross Focussed Reviews as part of a Living Without Worry blog tour. A positive review was not required as a condition of its provision.

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Have you heard of ‘The Cambridge Seven’?

My recent visit to Timor Leste is not my first overseas trip with a member of the Benn family. Fourteen years ago Shirley Benn led an OMF Mission Experience Tour, on which a much less mature and far more brash version of myself was sent. I continue to be thankful for her grace and patience on that trip, and trust whatever fruit is gained from the encouragement I can give to cross-cultural Gospel work is some compensation for her trials.
On that trip I encountered the idea of ‘story’. Accompanying our group along the way was a tote bag of books, generally missionary biographies. It was on the islands of Indonesia that I first encountered the stories of Isobel Kuhn, Pauline Hamilton and others. My concept of what God does through those who hand their lives over to Him was greatly expanded.
So, as I looked through Koorong in Melbourne the day before the trip I purchased a marked down copy of ‘The Cambridge Seven’ [Christian Focus, 2006 111pgs]. In this revised edition of his 1955 book of the same name John Pollock provides a sketch outline of what the cover terms ‘The True Story Of Ordinary Men Used In No Ordinary Way’.
The book is not a mystery, so it does no harm at all to explain the outline of the story. On February 5, 1885 seven young men left England to work as missionaries with the China Inland Mission. This in itself was still not commonplace, but the extraordinary aspect of these seven is that they were all graduates of Cambridge, all from priveleged backgrounds and each, by their choice walked away from lives of comfort and high society. These facts are no mystery, but the mystery the book seeks to explain is this: what influenced the cream of a generation to forsake all for China’s lost millions?
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