Wednesday, April 1, 2015

REVIEW: Worry Less So You Can Live More Surprising, Simple Ways to Feel More Peace, Joy, and Energy

Thank you Bethany House for this review copy.
Hi, my name is Laura and I'm a worrier. I don't mean to be. I know I'm not supposed to be. I know the Bible says do not worry over and over, but it's my default. It's Jane Rubietta's default, too. This book is her journey from over serious chronic worrier to living a more peaceful, joyful life.

This is a book to savor, to read slowly, to drink  in. There is some very good advice in this little volume. Changing focus is key. Remembering child like joy and play is encouraged. Noticing the little things. Delight, hope, anticipation of good all play a part.

Mrs. Rubietta's style of writing reminded me a bit of Anne Voskamp's writing style. It's written in a friendly, poetic, personal narrative. She inspires deep thinking and offers creative ideas and prompts. She tells numerous stories of her journey. 

To be honest, it took me a long time to read this book. I kept laying it aside. Perhaps I was hoping for something less prosy and more solid. Maybe I wanted the five steps and you're over it kind of thing. If that's what you're looking for, you won't find it here. Maybe it was the pressure of knowing I had to write a review. Maybe it's just the major stress overload I've been under for the last two months. If you're looking for a narrative of how one woman has found her way through, this book will be just what you're looking for. I guess, I'm just so busy, it didn't move quickly enough for me. I suggest you read the Excerpt below to get a feeling for her style.

Have I stopped worrying? No, not yet, but I've taken a step on my journey.
Do I recommend it? Maybe. It may depend on whether you're want and need a gourmet meal in a fine restaurant or you need a drive-through fast food meal.

Exchange Your Worries for Delight in God . . . and God's Delight in You
Weary of worry and its tagalongs: anxiety, discouragement, and exhaustion? Jane Rubietta invites you to leave behind your heavy heart and learn to truly live again. To experience joy and rest in the moment-by-moment pleasure of a God who delights in you--and has all your tomorrows under his control. Jane's picturesque prose offers enduring encouragement and practical tools for change.

Discussion questions and journaling prompts make this the perfect book to read on your own or share with your small group and discover how to worry less and live more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. I'm glad you posted this review. I'm reading Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts book now and her wordy, rambling, stream-of-consciousness writing is taking me forever to get through. I can manage about ten pages before I run out of time or lose my focus completely and have to go back and track down her point.

    They're good points, but...yeah. It really drags. Sounds like this book does too, and that's worth knowing because I was interested in it!

  2. My mother in law was a worrier and she just couldn't help it. Me, not so much. I'm a true believer that things always seem to work out so why worry? Be happy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Thanks so much for this, I will look out for it as it sounds excellent.

  4. Oh, I know it in my head, Jann, but my thoughts go a wandering sometimes.

  5. This "I know the Bible says do not worry over and over, but it's my default. " is true of so many of us - me especially. Thank you for your honest review. God bless!

  6. You're welcome Letetia. Thank you for talking back.

  7. Thank you for sharing this open and honest book review with us at Good Morning Mondays. I tend to be a bit of a worrier too so I appreciate what you are saying. Blessings


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