Tuesday, September 13, 2011

*Stress-Free Believers Book
*Stress-Free Believers Group Study DVD
*Stress-Free 5-CD Audio Book
*Stress Relief Aromatherapy from Bath & Body Works
      *1.6 oz. Filled Candle
      *Travel-Size Body Wash & Foam Bath
      *Travel-Size Body Lotion

Read the review and leave a comment for a chance to be selected as the winner for the Grand Prize. The winner will be selected September 26.

Turn Worry Into Faith, Turmoil Into Peace
By Harold Metzel

OVERVIEW: Do you keep a clear head during times of stress? Loss of employment, marital conflict, credit card debt, and other pressure points are managed when you're cool-headed. Here is the battle plan you need to get harmful stress off your back so you can manage the tough times with composure.

You'll learn how to: Convert your thoughts from worry to faith. Develop patience in the midst of chaos. Take control of your thinking, emotions, and commitments. Identify the tools God has given you to overcome stress. Recognize the part you play in God's comprehensive plan. Allow God to work in your life as He did in the life of Jesus.

This step-by step guide shows how to reduce unhealthy levels of stress in each area of daily living. The objective is not just to overcome our ordeals but to do so without anxiety.

AUTHOR: Harold Metzel, a 30-year veteran as pastor, missionary, Bible College president, and VP of a large charitable foundation in San Diego, currently coaches individuals and pastoral staff on ways to become ever better stewards of what God have given.

MY REVIEW: As a minister for forty-seven years I met many, many stressed out Christians. So when I was offered the opportunity to review this book, I was eager to do it. We live in a pressure filled society and nobody is immune to stress. Will this book help? I believe it will. I especially like the fact that it is written in a way that makes it an excellent study guide for small groups. Individuals will profit from studying Metzel's book but small groups will benefit from discussing, questioning and sharing.

I want to recommend this book to my friends but I want to say that I have not personally experienced some of the things that Harold Metzel has experienced in his life. For example: in the Afterward he tells about an encounter he had with the devil. He said, "You may choose to believe this or not. There may not be a lot of theological argument to substantiate it." I appreciate his attitude and I don't believe there is a lot of theological argument to substantiate his story. However, for me, this does not distract from the value of his book. You may believe and appreciate his witness. We live in a stress filled world. Get this book. It will help!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kathy Carlton Willis Communications for this review.)


Mevely317 said...

G'evening, Clif.

Suppose I've always believed (being) "stress free" was something reserved for the "other guy/gal."
Like a twisted inheritance from my father ... or even a (more twisted) badge of honor we wear at work.
Just the same, its plain crazy.

.. and the eternal optomist in me still believes there's another road. Yes, I'm intrigued!

Pain to Purpose said...

This sounds fantastic. I'll admit, I used to live very stressed out. My recent trials have allowed me to gain a little perspective.

Loren said...

I agree with you...there are many "stressed out Christians!" Sadly, there are also MANY stressed out Pastors and/or Ministry Leaders. Learning how to balance is so important! Learning the word NO is also important LOL I have seen many couples struggle because one spouse is pouring all they have into the church or their ministry and that is absolutely not how God wants it to be!

So glad to see a book teach on this very important subject! Even better that there are CD's and a group study! Hopefully many churches will take advantage of this!