Bethany House Publishers
In Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries, Kathy Collard Miller addresses the issue of worry and provides ways to deal with the tendency. Offering personal insight and examples, as well as an array of stories told by friends and those she has met, Miller’s account attempts to reach into the trenches, where people live.
Each chapter includes a vignette of a biblical worrier, discussion questions for personal or group study, as well as a letter to the reader from God. The book closes with suggestions for group leaders. Kathy Collard Miller is a best-selling author of forty-eight books, and a frequent speaker at women’s events. Her personal struggle with worry is chronicled in this easy-to-read book.
Miller states, “Worry is sin,” which is a heavy load for any worrier. Through the course of the book she fails to make the case that worry is in fact, sin, yet restates that fact in her epilogue. This book has good remedies for worry, good steps to take to combat worry. However, one contributor relates a story where she says God told her, “Committing suicide is stupid.” While that may or may not be true, it is an unkind portrait of God and an unmerciful slap on the face of those who have friends or relatives who have stupidly committed suicide.
With forty-eight books under her belt, I expected Miller to have produced a cohesive, thoughtful book on worry. What I found was a hodge-podge of stories, vignettes, and remedies, none of which were particularly fresh or insightful, nothing that made me go “Ah-ha!” One story, “Passing the Torch,” struck me as something from a forwarded email. As this review is based on the galley, this book may be reworked before publication at which time I may recommend it. However, in this state, at this moment, I do not recommend this book for its lack of substance. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book Previews.com
Ice, Snow, Rain, Wind, Fog, Hail... need not shake your confidence in God!
Trusting our heavenly Father in all kinds of weather can be challenging. If you find you're sometimes--or often--overwhelmed by worry and anxiety in the storms of life then let this book help you find the peace you seek. Its conversational style, personal testimonies, practical illustrations, and solid biblical teaching provide the tools needed to break the hold and overcome the devastating effects of worry.
Discussion questions included in each chapter for individual or group use.