A thought-provoking and beautiful book. I am just wrapping up this study and have learned so much.
A couple of months ago, when Daily Grace ran a big sale, I bought a handful of studies, so I could just flow from one to the next as part of my time with the Lord each day. I'd done "Amen" and "Faithful," and when it came time to pick the third study, I sifted through my little stack, trying to figure out which one to do next.
The study on the top of my pile was called It is Well: Walking Away from Anxiety and into God's Word. I wasn't feeling incredibly anxious at the time (though anxiety is a common struggle for me) so I started to flip to a different study, but I felt a little tug at my heart to do this one. I thought it might be helpful as we made our transition to a new town, church, friends, and job.
Let me tell you what I liked and appreciated about this study. The last one I did (Faithful) was longer and more intense, and I'll tell you that at first, I felt like It Is Well might almost be a little too surface level. (I hate fluffy studies.) But I paused and realized it was actually perfect for this study to be shorter and lighter in depth.
Anxiety is a real thing and for those who suffer from it know, it can be crippling at times. I know my own struggles with it don't nearly reach the depths that some people face. When your mind and heart are so deeply overwhelmed, sitting down to do an intense theological study probably wouldn't be at the top of your list. I understand that.
It is Well is a three week study with five days of reading/study each week. Following the reading (which only lasts a couple of pages) you'll find three reflection questions that are deep enough to be helpful but light enough to not exasperate a hurting heart. And after the fifth day of study, there is a weekly reflection section to solidify all you learned over the course of the week.
I appreciated that the writer (Sarah Morrison) acknowledged early on the realities of depression and the deep, dark places of anxiety that go far beyond a Bible study "fix." If you're in a place that deep, definitely seek professional help and opinions!
This study is fully Biblical; each day's reading pulls from Scripture (and not just one verse, but a chunk of Scripture) and encourages the reader to seek truth from the Word to surpass loud feelings/lies of Satan/etc.)
I also appreciated that the study didn't discount the reality of feelings - or even God's ability to use them for our good. The writer didn't attempt to fix or dismiss problems, but she did encourage her readers to restructure thinking to find healthier mindsets.
And even though I wasn't anxious when I started the study, by the time I wrapped it up, I did have a few days when I wrestled hard with the details of the move - details out of my control. They made me anxious, and I was able to skim back through the study, read the verses out loud, and read over the study notes I'd underlined. It was so helpful in calming me in my time of need, and I was so glad I'd taken the time to do the study even when I wasn't sure I needed it. (I was also able to share some of the things I learned with people I had conversations with during this time, so that was an extra bonus.)
Is it the deepest theological study ever? No. Is it a completely appropriate study for a person wrestling with anxiety? Yes. It is manageable in length, helpful in content, and a great resource even for those who have anxiety-laden people in their lives.
I struggle with anxiety and I love that there is study just for that. I really enjoyed this study and can’t wait to get more!
Ready to focus my thoughts on the Lord's promises instead of my anxieties.
These books are a visual delight. And the study is very thought-provoking. Will order again.