GIVEAWAY: The Anxious Christian by Rhett Smith

What it is…

It’s a book! Here’s the official description:

In our journey of faith there are moments that produce a certain amount of anxiety. Often anxiety or worry is seen as an evil or un-Christian feeling to have, but The Anxious Christian conveys the message that anxiety can actually be helpful in our spiritual formation. In fact, God can use anxiety to move people forward in their life of faith.  Anxiety’s gift is that it allows us to face our fears, understand where those fears come from, and then make intentional choices about important issues—such as career, marriage, money, our spiritual lives and much more—rather than getting stuck

Let’s re-think our shame about anxiety by realizing that anxiety can be a catalyst for growth that moves us closer to who God created us to be.

Who is Rhett?

I met Rhett Smith in February 2010 in the Miami Airport. Rhett and I went to Haiti together shortly after the earthquakes in 2010. Rhett has the theology and smile Joel Olsteen only wishes he had. Through the years Rhett has done a lot of youth ministry but is now focusing mostly on his marriage & family therapy practice in Plano, TX.

He’s a great dude and if you aren’t familiar with his work you should check out his blog and follow him on Twitter.

In fact, I think Rhett’s work is so important that we’ve asked him to come present a talk at The Summit called, “The Anxiety of Teenagers.” Super excited about that!

Why I like it…

  1. Christians, especially those in church leadership, are an anxious bunch. There’s not enough stuff out there from a Christian perspective. (That isn’t weird, flowery, or bad advice veiled in Bible verses.)
  2. It’s approachable. This isn’t a text book. It’s written for you and me as a help and source of hope.

How you can get it…

BUY IT. Head over to Amazon and pick it up in print or Kindle.

WIN IT. Leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on 5/15/2012 and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Rhett’s book.

WINNER: Schnerples – Send me your address and I’ll get you that book. (Either email to or use my contact form!)

Full disclosure: Rhett’s publisher sent me a copy of this book. And if you click either of the Amazon links above and buy his book, I’ll make about 45 cents. But I was not otherwise paid for this post.

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in Ahwahnee, California.


  1. Oof, I’ve been through that a lot lately. I relocated my job and every day I’m like, “What am I DOING here?”

    This job runs out in a year, so I don’t know what I’ll do? 

    Adam, do you need a guy to help you out? I can type. And I can sing. Let me know.  . 

  2. Letting God use your anxiety to move you forward… that is such an awesome concept and scares the crap out of me all at the same time… if I don’t win this book, then I know what I want for Father’s Day… God Bless

  3. I’ll be camping at the end of May and this looks like the perfect book to read.   I would love to win it.  

  4. Anytime we can get our minds around ways of transforming “sinful” behavior into something that honors God, I’m all for it. Love to see what Rhett has to say. Thanks for the heads up, Adam. I’ll wait to see if I win it first and then go get it if I don’t.

  5. as an anxious christian following you on google+, this book seems quite intriguing.

  6. G+ and not ashamed to admit it. Always looking for new reads.  Intriguing topic. Anxiously awaiting to see if I win.

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