Publisher and Publication Date: Thomas Nelson. December 26, 2017.
Genre: Christian nonfiction. Anxiety and worry.
Calm is a small book compiled from previously written books by Max Lucado. The theme is anxiety. The previously published books are Anxious for Nothing, Facing Your Giants, Fearless, Max on Life, 3:16: The Numbers of Hope, Traveling Light, You’ll Get Through This. Max Lucado is strong in using illustrations to prove his points. One of the illustrations is from the book: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic. Dr. Kent Brantly was a physician in Africa who became sick with the Ebola virus. I’ve not read this book, but am familiar with the story.
Calm is a book holding memorable quotes.
The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. Page 6.
Is it possible that the wonder of Heaven will make the most difficult life a good bargain. Page 11.
The widest river in the world is not the Mississippi, Amazon, or Nile. The widest river on earth is a body of water called If Only. Page 120.
The good life begins, not when circumstances change, but when our attitude toward them does. Page 121.
Max Lucado teaches two points in helping combat anxiety: attitude and gratitude. My attitude in response to the worry and being grateful for blessings. I remember several years ago when I had cancer, the season was autumn. The things I was thankful for was the fall foliage, blue sky, cooler weather, and the birds who sang outside my bedroom window. Being thankful is not always focused on the big things in life, often it is being thankful for the small everyday wonders.