I just finished another book (reviewing for the Nuts About Books program put out by Graf-Hill Communications). It’s called “Worry Less So You Can Live More.”
I’ll be honest, when I said I’d read the book I expected it to be just like every other book on worry I’ve ever read. I’m a worrier myself, so this is not the first Christian self-help book on worry I’ve cracked open. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was not a word-for-word reiteration of what scriptures say about worry, but was instead a beautiful journey with author Jane Rubietta through what it looks like to live a life of worry, and what the alternative of living life leaning into God can look like. Not that there’s anything wrong with a word-for-word exposé on what God has to say through Scripture about worry, but I was glad to find that this book was more than that. It’s a beautifully written anecdotal toolbox for how to replace worry with things like hope, praise, anticipation, and joy ~ because worry is the antithesis and thief to all of those things. Jane Rubietta has a wonderful writing style which kept me engaged all the way through.
If I had to choose a favourite chapter (without spoiling anything), it would definitely be the one on fireflies. And I’ll let you read the rest for yourself. Each chapter was accompanied by deep, thought-provoking questions which made me reflect deeply on some of my own worry-filled and worrisome tendencies, but what I appreciated the most about each chapter were the quotes, votums, and benedictions that Rubietta put at the end. Quotes, both from Scripture and elsewhere, served to reinforce everything Rubietta had said in the chapter, and served as a clear reminder that if sometimes you feel that you’re the only one who struggles with this ~ you’re not. Votums were like a prayer prayed right from my heart, even though I’ve never met the author. Benedictions were like an answer to those prayers, each of which hit me with strength.
I finished the book feeling like I knew Jane Rubietta personally ~ like I could run into her in a coffee shop, give her a great big hug, and sit down and talk to her for hours over a latte. Her writing was so deeply personal that it really connected me to the text and what she was saying. This author is not someone who has perfected the art of living worry-free and is then preaching at the reader from a high horse of having it all figured out. Instead, she crafted beautiful pieces of wonderful imagery woven together to show that we’re all in this together. I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with worrying and perfectionism like I do. It’s a good read, it’s a fairly quick read, and if I’m right about this book ~ I think it’s a read that will stick with you in the weeks to come.