Review: How to Live in Fear.

by ggeurs

This is a review of How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out by Lance Hahn.


One should not judge a book by its cover; in this case, however, it is okay to do so. And I encourage it. When I saw the cover for this book and started trying to unpack how the picture of an elephant standing on a chair with a little mouse staring up at it, I figured I would probably be in for a good read. I was right.

Lance Hahn, pastor on staff at Bridgeway Church and host of “Ask Pastor Lance” has written a revealing, honest, helpful book on how to cope with anxiety and irrational fear. From the beginning, Hahn makes it clear that everything that he shares comes from a place of firsthand experience, that not everything shared in the book works every time, but the things expressed in the book when practiced together are an effective coping mechanism for getting through anxiety.

If the potential reader of this book is a part of the Church, this book will probably be more useful than for a non-believer because of the approach Hahn uses in the text. Lance illustrations from the Bible to help get his point across, and some of the things he recommends practicing -Bible reading, prayer, meditation, and worship- are not necessarily tools that some will find useful.

On the other hand, there is plenty in this book that readers who deal with anxiety who are not Christians will be able to identify with and find useful. Hahn’s personal story allows the reader the chance to identify with his struggles. Plenty of Hahn’s insights on things like the use of medication to help regulate anxiety, use of counseling, and keeping regular contact and interactions with close friends are friendly reminders that anyone can benefit from.

How to Live in Fear is a book worth checking out, whether for yourself or for being better equipped to help someone who struggles with anxiety. If you find yourself in the former category, the book comes across as a friend and one with experience on the subject sharing what he knows. If you find yourself in the latter category, it is the chance to have an experienced individual try and explain to you what a loved one is going through.

I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.