How To Overcome Worry – Book Review

How To Overcome Worry

How To Overcome Worry: Experiencing The Peace Of God In Every Situation

Although we have always lived in a anxiety-driven world, have you noticed that the threats we face in the 21st century seen to be larger and more menacing than ever before?

In his new book, How To Overcome Worry: Experiencing The Peace Of God In Every Situation, Dr. Winfred Neely of Moody Bible Institute says:

Anxiety can reside in virtually every nook and cranny of human experience. Its causes are myriad and it is no respecter of persons or circumstances.

In the face of anxiety, each of us – Christians and non-Christians alike – find ourselves asking challenging theological, existential and practical questions as we grapple with worry and anxiety in our daily lives:

  • How do we overcome anxiety in a worry-filled world?
  • How do we obtain victory over situations that are charged with anxiety?
  • When a raging sea of anxiety rises up within our souls, how do we keep ourselves from drowning?

Dr. Neely provides us with biblical answers to these questions in How To Overcome Worry as He walks us through God’s scriptural anecdote to worry, Philippians 4:6-7:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What I like about How To Overcome Worry is that Dr. Neely truly brings this much beloved inspirational passage of Scripture to life with his exegesis and insights into this passage. For instance, the author examines the context in which the apostle Paul penned these words and the meaning of key Greek words in the original text. He also provides practical suggestions for how we can experience freedom from anxiety and worry by applying the text to our own circumstances.

The author also provides three extremely helpful appendices at the end of the book that provide readers with a pattern for prayer, additional scriptures to aid in your battle against worry, and questions for individual reflection or group discussion.

How To Overcome Worry is an easy-to-read book filled with practical biblical advice that is essential to our emotional and spiritual well-being.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

About Dr. Winfred Neely

Dr Winfred Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is a professor of hermeneutics, homiletics and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. He brings a global perspective to his ministry, having served as a missionary/pastor in Senegal, West Africa for nine years. He is also involved in a global equipping ministry, speaking and conducting workshops and training events at churches and conferences in the US and abroad. He and his wife have been married for more than 40 years and have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren.


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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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12 Responses to “How To Overcome Worry – Book Review”

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  1. Sounds like a good book. My daughter got her masters from Moody (their Michigan campus) so I am always interested in what they publish. I struggle too much with worry, that’s for sure!
    Visiting from Pink Saturday. Blessings, Deborah from The Beautiful Matters

  2. pam garrett says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’m getting this book! My post this week is about living in the present so your review will help me.

  3. Paula Kiger says:

    Sounds like an inspirational book.

  4. Rachael DeBruin says:

    This looks like a great book! Pinning this one 🙂

    (always looking for stuff for future book orders)

  5. Useful tips we can all benefit from on a daily basis.

  6. Brandi Raae says:

    Goodness, sounds like another winner! I’m pretty sure I suffer physical maladies from living with anxiety that started early on in my life. Thanks for sharing your review at Literacy Musing Mondays.

  7. I’m sharing my review of this book next week — barely squeaking under the deadline! What fun to read your thoughts! Dr. Neely sounds like such a great guy!

  8. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    I’m thankful that worry hasn’t been a major problem for me yet, but I know it’s one of those things that can creep up on us when we’re not looking, so resources like this are very helpful! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

  9. Brittany says:

    Thanks for sharing!

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