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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212656
ISBN-13: 9780764212659

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Author Bio

Jane Rubietta is the critically acclaimed author of fifteen books, including the award-winning Grace Points and Quiet Places. She travels internationally, speaking hundreds of times a year at women's events, churches, and parenting groups. She writes regularly for indeed, MOMSense, Fullfill, Just Between Us, and other magazines and websites. Jane and her husband, Rich, live near Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at
www.janerubietta.com.

Endorsements

"A luminous journey from worry to its surprising antidote . . . delight. A book laden with richness, humor, honesty, and hope. We can worry less and live more. Both practical and delightful. Start reading. Stop worrying. Start living."
---Anita Lustrea, co-host of Midday Connection, speaker, author of What Women Tell Me

"Most of us move too fast, worry too often, and miss much of what God wants to show us about himself and his creation. Jane's book is a poetic, beautiful reminder that more rests on God's shoulders than on mine, and it pleases him when I nurture a heart at rest so I can actually live by faith. I wholeheartedly endorse this book."
---Susie Larson, national radio host, speaker, and author of Your Beautiful Purpose

"The problem with worry is that our minds and bodies conspire to keep us unaware. Jane's words are a powerful antidote to that. Considering delight, memory, dreams, movement, spontaneity, and more, she weaves a journey against the worry that separates us from ourselves and from the good God who made us."
---Nancy Ortberg, author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey Through Tattoos, Tofu and Pronouns

"With piercing honesty and gentle humor, Jane Rubietta takes aim at one of the biggest enemies of our joy - worry. She then provides an arsenal of practical tools to destroy this enemy. And she does it with flowing prose and healing words. This book had me laughing and weeping, and eager to try her creative ideas so I can begin to worry less and live more."
---Lynn Austin, Christy Award-winning author

"God wants us to live more and worry less, but worry is stealing the pleasure from our lives. Jane Rubietta has masterfully written a book that is a soothing balm to the worry-worn soul. She will take you on an exciting discovery of the delight of God - the secret to defeating worry - enabling you to embrace the worry-free life again."
---Shelly Esser, editor, Just Between Us

"Vintage Jane! Telling stories. Being real. Giving practical biblical wisdom - about the worry that stalks us all. If you want handholds to grab as you scale your own walls of anxiety, let Jane hand you her own tools. Tools of play, self-nurture, memory, spontaneity, trust, and more."
---Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, co-lead pastor at Redeemer Community Church, spiritual director, and author

"Join the healing journey to slow down, savor, and thrive in wholeness. Jane is our expert guide providing practical tools for the worry-wrinkled soul toward breakthrough, healing, and encountering God's love and delight."
---Dr. Catherine Hart Weber, therapist and author, Flourish: Discover the Daily Joy of Abundant, Vibrant Living

"Who doesn't want to Worry Less So You Can Live More? Jane Rubietta masterfully provides amazing, insightful 'Tools' wrapped in stories from the heart of a worrier, taking the reader from being weighed down with worry to the realization that 'living more' is just around the corner when we intentionally and consistently reposition our souls to focus and delight in Jesus! Challenging and inspiring read!"
---Edna Mapstone, national director, Great Commission Women of the Christian and Missionary Alliance

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  1. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging and thoughtful...
    March 26, 2015
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Everyone experiences worry. Worry about money, children, parents, careers, mortgages, safetylife. In Worry Less So You Can Live More, pure pleasure and assurance are enjoyed when God is in control of tomorrow. Worry can be exchanged for delight in God which allows child-like faith and happiness. Encouraging, uplifting, and complete with Bible verses and discussion questions, Jane Rubietta shares personal stories and struggles while she tries to worry less

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Women worrylots. The author, Jane Rubietta, is no exception. With lots of experience and insight, she shares many ways in which to look up towards God, realizing He is in control and worry will not change anything. Through humor, personal anecdotes, Scriptures, poems, and inspiration, I appreciated the message which was shared. Often we live our lives as worry warts, missing the many blessings we could be enjoying. Though not always easy to stop worry, this book caused me to stop and smell the flowers as I considered how much worry affects life.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Worry Less So You Can Live More from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*
  2. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Wasn't helpful for me
    March 4, 2015
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Worries bother a lot of people. So the author has taken this part of her life and broken down how she overcame her worry and became more at peace with herself and God. She gives ideas and tools for banishing the worry and replacing it with more positive thoughts.

    I tend to be a worrier. So I was really looking forward to this book. The cover is gorgeous and the concept is so needed in today's world. But the execution just wasn't there for me. The author gave some very detailed stories and references to showcase worry. But a lot of them tended to border neurosis (the author's words). She talked a lot about bringing out the inner child that is being smothered by the outer adult so that you can let go of your worries. There weren't as many scripture references to back everything up as I'd expected. So much of it just didn't apply to my situations in life. While it was an entertaining read, I just couldn't find anything that was helpful.

    I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a breath of fresh air in the muddle of their day -to-day worries
    March 4, 2015
    Sparrowhawk
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I admittedly selected this book in light of the New Year and figured it would be something that would shed light in some of the personal areas of my life in which I find I worry a lot (i.e. motherhood, loving my husband well, my home, my friends, my family, the foundations of my faith, etc.), and to my surprise, Worry Less So You Can Live More was better than what I anticipated. It strikes a perfect balance between the reality that while yes, it may be difficult to overcome your fears and worries, life is supposed to be a: "lifelong journey of learning, forgiving, growing, back tracking, trying again."

    WHAT I LIKED

    + There is a lot of valuable information that will make this read well worth your while. I often found myself underlining and highlighting important elements to consider and research on my own

    + At the end of each chapter, you will find these beautiful votum's and benedictus - which Jane Rubietta has written herself. Most, if not all, moved me to tears and softened my incorrigible heart. They are written in the format of a dialogue between you and God

    + Along with the votum's and benedictus, Rubietta poses a set of questions which help to enrich the focus of each chapter. These set of questions, in my opinion, would work wonderfully in a small group setting

    + The word "worry" can be defined variously; however I felt Rubietta captured the concept well, and presented it clearly in this narrative. More than anything though, I appreciated her candor; especially in her introduction to the reader:

    "Worry Less So You Can Live More is not intended to solve the problems of the world or represent an argument for any particular camp; it is not an exegesis of a particular book in the Bible.

    . . .So please don't send me angry letters arguing about my priorities in a world that is dying. I'm afraid that we are dying, as well. If we are dead, we are useless to this world. And God calls us to do more than just stay alive until Jesus returns for us. God wants us to live more, and worry less, and along the way, to live in his delight."

    + I like Rubietta's approach on the topic; she doesn't coddle or help make excuses. On the contrary, she lovingly encourages the reader to take initiative with a clear purpose

    + Jane Rubietta's personal struggles and trials make the book an entertaining and informative read, and her style of writing made it all the more easier to see my personal conflicts in a new light

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    - I don't appreciate the criticism the book is getting in that the narrative reads like a journal entry and feels like,

    it rambles." I feel Rubietta made this following point quite clear in her introduction of the book:

    "Worry Less So You Can Live More is my attempt to relinquish my worry-wrinkled soul, to encounter the delight of God and the God of delight, and to share my findings with others."

    So yeah, it's suppose to carry a personal tone, and for the record, I don't believe the book reads as a journal entry at all. It reads very much as though you are having a delicious cup of coffee with a friend who is simply opening up their heart on heavily weighted issues that most people don't like to venture into; thus, I appreciate your every word Jane Rubietta

    All in all, I found this to be an extremely well structured book, even to the end notes. At times it is thought-provoking, and at other times, it is wonderfully uplifting. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a breath of fresh air in the muddle of their day -to-day worries.

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of this review, it was not required of me to give a positive review, but to solely express my honest thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Remember the Simplicity of Childhood
    March 2, 2015
    Homeschooling Mommy
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    have been a gifted worrier for many years. As a child I would worry about little thingslike the weather, school, and what friends thought of me. As Ive gotten older, my worries have become bigger and more difficult to cope with. Having a child with special needs has taught me a lot about trusting God, but its also given me many things to worry about.

    Jane Rubiettas new book Worry Less So You Can Live More has a different perspective on worry than many other Christian Worry Books Ive read. Jane argues that weve become more worried because weve lost our ability to find delight in life. We worried less as children because we were able to find delight in the world, play hard, and dance spontaneously, cry tears of healing without caring what other people thought, and fully trust that someone else is handling all the big things in life. As weve gotten older, weve traded in our enjoyment of life for responsibilities and the misguided thought thought that you have to be serious and burdened in order to be a Good Christian Woman.

    The book has 13 chapters, each one focusing on a tool of learning to worry less and live more. Chapters include such tools as Play, Trust, and Breaking Free. Each chapter has a 5-10 little vignettes or stories from the authors perspective about the importance of the chapter theme. Each chapter ends with some quotes, verses, questions to ponder, Votum (essentially our cry to God), and Benedictus (Gods response to our votum.)

    The book had some interesting thoughts, and the authors writing style is easy to read and humorous , but the stories within the chapters seemed a little disjointed and disorganized. In one particular chapter about Bread, (stories about homemade bread from the authors bread machine, then Jesus being the Bread of life, to manna from heaven), I kind of lost sight of the main idea because of all the little stories. But on the whole, I loved the idea of remembering the simplicity of childhood faith in order to help us break free of worry and live life to the fullest.

    *Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
  5. Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Solid advice
    February 7, 2015
    Milk Donor Mama
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Worry Less So You Can Live More by Jane Rubietta is a self-help and advice book that aims to give you tools that you can use to end your worries.

    This book is based upon Biblical advice and Christian principles and leans heavily on handing your worries over to Christ. That said, it's not preachy advice. It's more like getting advice from your friend from church. At the end of each chapter, there is a Bible passage for you to review and meditate over. Every chapter also offers a selection of questions to ask yourself.

    In addition to the printed book, there's an online guide with supplemental materials. The author refers to this several times. Why not put it all in the book?

    What I enjoyed the most about this book was the practicality of the advice. Some moms, including myself, are natural born worriers. I will ponder all the what-ifs of a situation and drive myself bananas with all of it. There are some tips in this book for those of us who tend toward the anxious personality type but aren't "helicopter" parents.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.
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