Following my recent article on 'steps to de-escalate your emotions', I thought it would be handy to compile a list of books that I thought would be helpful. As I mentioned in the article above, books are incredibly helpful to take your mind off your situation especially if the content is something you enjoy and is building your faith at the same time.
Here are a few book recommendations on stress management and emotional well-being which I hope will help you find that sweet balance to emotional health once again. For you convenience, I've included links to Amazon and also included links to one or two of the study guides to use alongside the book and audio books. There are also books for kids and young people if you need help supporting them with anxiety and mindset.
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Mind Your Mindset: How Brain Science Can Help You Achieve Extraordinary Results
by Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller
I’ve been following Michael Hyatt for many years and just love listening to and learning from him. He just has a way of saying things that match what is going on in my head. It helps when things make sense! What do you think?
This book is co-authored by his daughter, Megan, and they’ve combined their knowledge into a book that will help you achieve great things when you apply their effective and practical techniques. I’ve included the audio link for your convenience on this one!
Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
by Max Lucado
Wouldn’t it be great to never be anxious about anything again? I know it’s easier said than done, but God instructs us over and over again to not be anxious about anything. So while I’m not sure I can totally ever reach that peak, I’m definitely working on ways to keep anxiety at bay and apply God’s perfect peace in my life. In this book, Max Lucado offers practical strategies rooted in biblical wisdom to help readers overcome anxiety and experience peace in the midst of life's challenges. There’s also a study guide which is a handy tool when working through the book.
Anxious for Nothing: For Young Readers
by Max Lucado
Technology, while a great resource, can harm our kids more than we sometimes want to admit. Just recently we had a case of online bullying with 10 yo’s at our school and it was rather shocking and sad to see what was going on behind the scenes. This can cause anxiety among young people and lead to loneliness when they feel they have no one to turn to. Moms and dads, please know that you are not on your own. Reach out for help if you need it. There are many organisations available that deal with this all the time. This book will support young people to live above anxiety and loneliness:
The Peaceful Mom: Building a Firm Foundation on Christ as You Raise Your Children
by April Cassidy
I can just hear all the moms shouting: ‘YES PLEASE’! We can all do with a helping hand!
While primarily focused on motherhood, this book offers valuable insights and practical advice for managing emotions, reducing stress, and finding peace in the midst of parenting challenges. April Cassidy provides biblical perspectives and encouragement to help mothers cultivate emotional well-being and build a strong foundation in Christ.
The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior, and Decisions by Joyce Meyer
I know not everyone loves Joyce Meyer, but I do. I try and focus on the message and take the spiritual foundation from the messages being delivered. In this book, she explores the connection between our thoughts and emotions, providing guidance on renewing the mind and cultivating emotional well-being. The study guide again is a really helpful resource when you want to get more practical about applying what you are learning.
Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
by Joyce Meyer
This book has been around for many years but is definitely timeless in its message. So many of you, in the survey I sent out recently, mentioned that ‘mindset’ was something you wanted to learn more about. In this book, Joyce Meyer addresses the impact of negative thinking and provides strategies to transform thought patterns and find emotional healing. We have to overcome the blockages in our minds if we want to be successful in other areas. I think it’s time I read this one again.
Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health
by Dr. Caroline Leaf
Dr. Caroline Leaf explores the power of the mind and offers practical techniques to manage thoughts, emotions, and stress, drawing on scientific research and biblical principles. I first heard Dr Leaf speak at a conference many years ago and have recently again started listening to some of her podcasts. She is definitely one to follow if you want to understand the way your brain works to help improve your emotional health.
Also by Dr Leaf is her latest book: Cleaning up your mental mess - 5 simple scientifically proven steps to reduce anxiety, stress and toxic thinking.
How to help your child clean up their mental mess You can pre-order this book using the link below.
Book: How to help your child clean up their mental mess (Release date: 8 August - so pre-order it now!)
The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World
by Peter Scazzero
If you're feeling stuck in your thinking and the way you lead, then this book is one that will help you change your perspective. Peter Scazzero delves into emotional health and its impact on leadership, offering insights and practical strategies for personal, church and organisational transformation.
I’d love to hear from you. Let me know which of these books helped you in your journey to finding that beautiful balance of emotional well-being in your and your family's life.
Stay blessed and in Him
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