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Take Heart: God’s Comfort for Anxious Thoughts

by Hausch, Lindsay

Item #: 204284 / 2021 / Paperback / 224 Pages


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Real life can be a real mess. 

Feelings of anxiety can overwhelm and drag us down. We want to turn away from others and rely on ourselves to escape the situation. But we are alone are not enough to overcome our anxious thougths. God will not let go of you. He will meet you in the midst of your darkness, in the place where you think you are farthest from Him. 

Author Lindsay Hausch is no stranger to real-life struggles with anxious thoughts. In her debut Bible study, learn that even with the power of God’s grace, overcoming anxious thoughts is not as simple of praying enough or having enough faith. Instead, the struggle can be a training ground for spiritual growth. His power is made perfect in weakness.

So take heart, we're made whole in His love. 



About the Author:

Lindsay Hausch loves mentoring women, supporting and partnering with her husband, a full-time pastor, and staying at home with her three littles. In her cracks of free time, she devours books and wrestles to write meaningful words. Follow her journey at lindsayhausch.com or find her on Facebook; she loves making new friends.

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by Hausch, Lindsay

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Great for individual or group study

Everyone deals with anxious thoughts at times. Sometimes those thoughts are passing, and other times they swirl like an angry vortex in our minds. Take Heart invites us to consider our anxieties through the lens of God and his promises. Although we struggle and may wonder why God allows such anxious thoughts to plague us, it is also an opportunity to draw closer to God and experience his comfort and strength through Word and Sacrament as we face these anxieties daily. This book is a balance between friendly conversation over a cup of coffee, practical advice to deal with anxious thoughts, and Bible study. Take Heart is an excellent book for individual or group study. Suggested Bible passages and questions invite readers to dig deeper and help them apply the various chapters’ themes to their individual situations.

Like a Cup of Chamomile Tea for Your Soul

Take Heart was like a cup of chamomile tea for my soul. Lindsay Hausch's warm tone invited me to sit down and slowly sip on the truth of God's Word. She assured me that anxious thoughts can actually bring me closer to God as I come to Him again and again. Hausch openly shares her own struggles with anxiety, but then clearly outlines how God's love and acceptance of each one of us can drive away our doubt and insecurities that can lead to anxious thoughts. The book is divided into three sections: The Heart of God, The Heart of Community, and The Heart of Calling. My favorite section was The Heart of Calling where Hausch encourages us not to buy into our culture's tendency to define our worth by achievements and productivity. She asks, "What if God wants us to see our calling as freedom to live in His grace and trust in His process?" Redefining my calling in this way feels like chamomile to my soul. Grab this book, cup of chamomile tea, and don't forget a highlighter as you will want to underline many wonderful passages.

Deeply Relatable Resource!

More often than I’d like to admit, I'm a big ole' ball of anxiety. Truth be told, countless people struggle a little or a lot with anxious thoughts. In Take Heart, author Lindsay Hausch is vulnerable and honest, naming and examining anxiety as she shares her own struggles with it. Deeply relatable and Scripture-rich, this refreshing resource enabled me to examine my own anxious thoughts in the light of God’s redemptive love, extravagant grace, and constant presence in Christ Jesus. Profoundly helpful, Take Heart led me to recognize that my anxious thoughts may be the very place God meets me as He grows my faith, gives me comfort, and equips me to provide comfort and grace to others. Lindsay says, “As we are honest about our own struggle with anxious thoughts and the comfort we receive in Jesus, the comfort we offer others becomes vulnerable and real." I’ll be returning to this incredible resource again and again, sharing it with others, and resting in the truth that Jesus loves this ball of anxiety, unraveled or not.

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Reminder of HOPE

I have struggled with anxiety for the last several years, and recently was diagnosed with OCD. This book was such an excellent reminder of the hope we have in Christ Jesus. I loved Lindsay's point of God using what we may perceive as "brokenness" to draw us closer to Him, and to allow us to form connections with others. Highly recommend!

Heartfelt encouragement

As someone who struggles with anxiety, this book spoke to my heart. It was a beautiful reminder that God meets us right where we are and can strengthen us through our weaknesses. I highly recommend this book. This would be a great book to read on your own or discuss in a small group or book club.

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A lovely and necessary read

I set about reading Take Heart with the intention of helping someone else. I confess I even viewed the reading as an important item to check off of my ever-growing list. But as soon as I delved into its delicious depths, I stumbled upon my own gaping anxiety, my struggles with pride and perfection, and my hunger to read more and more of Lindsay’s story that felt so similar to my own. As Lindsay so aptly puts it, “my anxiety humbles me and strips me of pretense” (p. 19). Yet even though I want God to use me for His good, I still have my own agenda and want Him to follow my script. And still, as I relinquish my need for approval and perfection to instead live loved by God, taking time for breaks from our culture’s hurried pace, I allow my life to be defined by Him and His purpose rather than by pressures. Perhaps the biggest aha moment for me was in Lindsay’s beautiful epiphany by Martin Luther: “We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.” As Lindsay points out, there is freedom in resting in God’s timing and purpose – in relationships that are not yet or no longer warm, and even in our desire for an important calling. As we rest in His Spirit, “we can just show up—with half-done to-do lists, messy emotions, guilt, and uncertainty—while He grows something beautiful from the soil of who we are, the work of His capable and creative hands.” (p. 170)

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