With a title like this, it should be obvious to the reader that this work is intended for a religious audience. The fact is that every religion has someone that fills in the role of pastoral care. The title may not be pastor. It could be teacher, Rabbi, Bishop, etc.
How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out by Lance Hahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As is indicated by the subtitle, this book is about mastering the art of “freaking out.” Does this mean that one must subdue their fear entirely? Do we be come fearless machinations for the corporate cogs of capitalism? (That took a dark turn pretty quick). The answer is, if you really don’t know it already, “of course not.”
This book is a Christian book. This is an essential disclaimer to address from the beginning. While other books by Gary Chapman may have a little “religion” within the works, such as “The Five Love Languages,” this book is explicitly Christian and is not for a non-Christian audience.
Addiction is suffering. Recovery, and the after-process is joy. Got it? This is where the book starts – by reframing the issue.
This book is about healing and health in a holistic pursuit: treating both body and mind. The book is broken into three main categories with a two-part conclusion and aims to inspire readers via a reflective journal approach from the author’s perspective of their own life. Each short reflection and small anecdote connect to the larger tapestry of what Valeria coins “the healing power of being you.” It’s an impressive work for the author given her traumatic past and is a testament to the power of what her book possesses.