A Non-Anxious Life: Experiencing the Peace of God’s Presence
Do you, like so many of us, see anxiety as an incentive to perform? Or a proof of how much you care? Or is anxiety simply an unwelcome shadow over your days, bringing with it clenched teeth and an upset stomach?
Anxiety leads us to succumb to fear and fight peace. Anxious living is a distortion of good motives, blocking the clarity of stillness and rest.
Alan Fadling, president and founder of Unhurried Living, Inc., has also felt mastered by worry, but he has learned a better way and who to look to for it: Jesus, “the ultimate non-anxious presence.” Fixing our minds on grace and eternity, we can begin to see the benefit of loosening our grip and operating from a sure foundation. Recently, we asked Alan about his new book, A Non-Anxious Life: Experiencing the Peace of God’s Presence.
What motivated you to write this book?
Alan Fadling: My lifelong journey with anxiety and my search for being at home in the peace of God were my motivations for writing this book. And the more I spoke to Christian leaders about my previous books An Unhurried Life and An Unhurried Leader, the more I realized that their most common form of soul hurry was anxiety.
In what ways does this book carry forward themes from your previous books?
Alan: In An Unhurried Life, I asked the question, “What difference would it make in our lives if we remembered more often that we follow an unhurried Savior?” In this book, an underlying question was, “What difference would it make in our lives if we learned to practice the presence of the Prince of Peace in our lives?” I sought to write a sort of “spirituality of anxiety and peace.”
What are some of the main themes you share in this latest book?
Alan: The peace of Christ is the fruit of practicing God’s presence rather than seeking the absence of unpleasant, worrisome circumstances. We can feel anxious and still find our way into a posture of peace. Anything that can be done energized by anxiety can be done better empowered by peace. There are friends of peace like grace, hope, joy, and humility that help us live in the neighborhood of peace more often.
A Non-Anxious Life: Experiencing the Peace of God’s Presence (IVP, 2024) by Alan Fadling is available now wherever books are sold.
Alan Fadling is president and founder of Unhurried Living, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California. He speaks and consults internationally with organizations such as Saddleback Church, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cru, Halftime Institute, Apprentice Institute, and Open Doors International. He is the award-winning author of An Unhurried Leader and An Unhurried Life.
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