The Extraordinary Power of Praise Review

Book Review: 

With all the stressors and complexities we deal with every day, it’s no wonder we often find ourselves feeling anxious. But anxiety is nothing new. As we read the Bible, specifically the Psalms, we discover that people have been living with anxiety for a long time – and being a God-follower doesn’t make you exempt.
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In this six-week guided study of the Psalms, Becky Harling writes of her own experience with anxiety, referencing circumstances like the COVID pandemic and her personal journey with breast cancer. Diving deep into several Psalms and using them as lived examples, Becky suggests a two-step process that she has identified to soothe the anxious heart: pour out your heart to God, and then praise God by faith. While this is a study of the Psalms, Becky does not only focus on this book of the Bible, but also references other scripture passages in her study, which I really appreciated.
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As with other Moody Women bible studies, I appreciate the layout of this book. It begins with a comprehensive introduction, not only to the study topic but to Bible study in general, and then proceeds into a beautifully outlined guided study. Adequate space is given to fill in your own answers to the reflection questions so you can easily look back on your interactions with the Biblical texts and progress throughout the study. This particular study also comes with morning and evening scripted prayers that can be used to bookend your days.
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While this study lives up to the high standards Moody has established with their line of women’s Bible studies, my one caution with this book is its lack of acknowledgment of clinical or professional helps that may be available for those with diagnosed anxiety. There is a marked difference between the acute anxiety we all experience from time to time and the chronic anxiety that sometimes needs to be treated with therapy or medicines. I would hate for readers to think this study could be a cure-all for a diagnosed anxiety disorder, and question whether enough is included to this end. While God is still in the business of working miracles, I stand by the truth that it’s ok to have Jesus and a therapist.
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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.