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Written by a caring pastor and a fellow sufferer who has road-tested the lessons in this book - get on top of your stress
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Stress by Simon Vibert was published by IVP in June 2014 and is our 18584th best seller. The ISBN for Stress is 9781783591527.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, sadly Christian self-help type books often seem to contain very little of the Bible in them and instead a lot of pseudospeak, but this one is very much bible-centric, and yet not so much so that it fails to be really relevant to today or glosses over the stress of modern day life.
It does not read as a preachy 'if you have God then you won't have stress'—although it does in some ways say that—rather it reads that if you have stress then look at things from a different angle. For example, it causes you to ask how can we change things to minimise our stress, and if we live with God at the centre, if we consider the lessons of the Bible about stress—and there are many!—then maybe what we see is a correlation between the modern day suggested solutions to stressful life and the God ordered way of living.
Sleep, rest, work life balance, anger, joy, good eating habits, and much more besides are all are there. And if we take God's advice to heart then we really do find a way to tackle, reduce and live with stress—and in this, we find a path to peace.
This is a really well written book that is easy to read and genuinely helpful. I love the way the author has made use of a series of 'made up characters' that are in fact real representations of the types of people under stress and how through them we can see ourselves mirrored.
Stress is a big problem for a lot of people and this book could be a really helpful book for those suffering from stress, as well as for those needing to counsel those with stress. Definitely one for any pastoral bookshelf.
'Stress is a killer and an inevitable part of modern living so we had better learn how to deal with it! But, as long as we are not overdosed with it, stress moves us into action in a way that is helpful. Simon's book is characteristically biblical and thoughtful and helps us to learn how to cope with stress as we see what the Bible teaches about it and how its subjects learn to cope.
This is an excellent and helpful resource written by one who is no stranger to the issue and has learned to cope through experience with a lively faith that has been tested and tried.' - Wallace and Lindsay Benn
'This book is a biblical roots, shoots and fruits tour of stress. The Bible is full of God's leaders getting stressed at his “stiff-necked” people. It's no surprise that today's pastors have it much the same – and so need to learn how to manage their own stress. Yet depression is the leading cause of ministers taking time off work. Those who seek to save others often need to save themselves as well!
The Bible also tells us what happens when we are out of tune with God's peace. The solution may start with getting right with God – but this book is also clear that a correct theology is not enough. The book's four “companions for the journey” are all model church members – keen, seemingly strong, competent, yet still struggling with their emotions. In the field of mental distress, if nowhere else, theology must be applied, wrestled with, worked out.' - Dr Rob Waller, Consultant Psychiatrist in Scotland and a Director of Mind and Soul
'It is ironic that stress-related illness seems to be on the increase, despite generally improved standards of living in recent decades. Church leaders often encounter stress in themselves and others.
Simon Vibert has drawn on his own experience as a vicar and theological educator, undergoing a stressful period, to help us to a better biblical understanding of stress and biblical approaches to coping with it. The book will be a help to those who suffer stress and those who minister to them.' - Andrew Wingfield Digby, vicar of St Andrew's, North Oxford, former founding Director of Christians in Sport
'For depth of biblical insight, meticulous research and a warm and personable no-guilt approach, Inter-Varsity Press is to be congratulated on bringing out this latest book by Dr Simon Vibert.
It should be required reading in colleges and seminaries on a wide scale. Further, Simon's winsome style will commend itself to all who look for personal encouragement and direction amid the stresses of today's complex society.' - Richard Bewes OBE, former Rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place
|Author / Artist||Simon Vibert|
|Publisher||IVP (June 2014)|
|Number of Pages||192|
|Page last updated||4th January 2018|