Anxious about Decisions: Finding Freedom in the Peace of God

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Do you get anxious when you have to make a decision? Do you overthink, overtalk, and overanalyze? When anxiety surrounds every decision, the result can be decision-making paralysis. Counselor Michael Gembola explores this common struggle and then points to the peace that comes from knowing God as your refuge and ever present help in trouble. Learning to trust God, even when the path is not clear, will give you courage to move forward one step at a time.  

When you’re faced with decisions both big and small, God offers you something better than certainty and the absence of risk. He promises to be with you. And when you allow the Good Shepherd to lead, you will find that he uses times of decision-making to make you more peaceful and become a better steward of the opportunities in front of you.  

Anxious about Decisions will help you learn to approach decisions more confidently with a conscience shaped by God’s Word and values shaped by God’s heart. Learn to undertake decisions in the context of the community of believers and your identity as God’s child. 

Anxious about Decisions is part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series. This series walks readers through their deepest and most profound questions. Each question is unpacked by an experienced counselor that gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and how the gospel brings hope and healing to the problem they are facing. 


Michael Gembola, MAR, MAC, is an ordained minister and licensed professional counselor. He serves as executive director of Blue Ridge Christian Counseling in southwest VA and has taught counseling as an adjunct professor at several seminaries. He is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration, Anxious about Decisions, and several articles on counseling. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Roanoke, VA with their two sons and daughter. 

4 Reviews

  • 5
    Seeking Peace

    Published by Laura on 11 07 2022

    The Ask the Christian Counselor Series provides keen insights that are shared in an easy to understand manner. Anxious about Decisions tackles the issue of anxiety related to decision making. The warm encouragement and biblical truth shared empowers the reader to move forward with greater wisdom and discernment.

    While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

  • 5
    Use decision making to mature in Christ

    Published by Wendy on 10 16 2022

    Do you find yourself overwhelmed by decisions? Find it hard to make them, or feel anxious about the implications, that “what ifs?” Do you overthink, gather lots of advice, feel self-doubt, feel unable to trust others, or delaying in decision making so long that you lose opportunities? If this is you, you are likely to find some helpful guidance here. Michael Gembola’s general message is that God uses your decision-making to help you grow up and mature as a Christian, it is an arena for spiritual formation.

    Part 1 explores decision anxiety and how we make it worse (by overthinking, overconsulting, overchecking, and avoidance). He notes that God tells us his moral will, but not the answers to nonmoral questions. Part 2 explores where decision anxiety comes from - notably the cultural challenges of young adulthood, and family background, but growing in spiritual maturity is the key. Part 3 explores three main areas: marriage, vocation, and the smaller things (which also touches on areas more affected by those with OCD). With marriage the key advice is that you need to know God and know yourself to have wisdom to make this major life decision. With vocation he encourages working toward faithful stewardship and peace. He encourages learning and practicing decision making in smaller areas.

    Gembola explicitly does not provide a protocol for making good decisions, but does suggest resources at the end for those who would like that.

  • 4
    Anxious About Decisions Review

    Published by Leslie Hartman on 10 14 2022

    I love Anxious About Decisions: Finding Freedom in the Peace of God by Michael Gembola! I appreciate the knowledge and experience that Mr. Gembola shares in the book. In my opinion, Mr. Gembola writes the book with compassion and understanding that shows he wants to help the reader with their anxiety and decision making and to have a peaceful life. I love how the author encourages the reader to get into the Word to help them combat anxiety and make decisions. I also love how the Scriptures the author chose matched perfectly with whatever he was talking about at the time. I love the scenarios that were in the book and how the anxiety was explained in the particular scenario. Dealing with anxiety myself, I loved how the author explained different levels of decision making anxiety and that some people deal with multiple levels of anxiety when making decisions and some people only have anxiety making certain types of decisions. I also love that Mr. Gembola doesn’t make the reader feel guilty about the anxiety they may feel while making decisions, but encourages the reader to take a Step of Faith and make the decision and lean into God during the decision making process and outcome–good or bad. If you battle anxiety while making decisions, I highly recommend Anxious About Decisions: Finding Freedom in the Peace of God. I also highly recommend Anxious About Decisions: Finding Freedom in the Peace of God if you work in the mental health field or in Ministry. I will definitely be telling others about Anxious About Decisions: Finding Freedom in the Peace of God by Michael Gembola and will be reading it again!

    I would like to thank New Growth Press for giving me a copy of Anxious About Decisions: Finding Freedom in the Peace of God to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • 5

    Published by Ashley Baker on 10 14 2022

    I am enjoying the New Growth Press series “Ask The Christian Counselor.” It is packed with practical, comforting, and gentle encouragement. This week’s book is “Anxious About Decisions” by Michael Gembola.

    Gembola helps us understand what decision anxiety is and how it works. He explores the way people try to fix it and oftentimes fail. Then he addresses the topic of God’s will and how our decisions play into that. Once we grasp the problem, he narrows anxiety down into different topics like: moving into adulthood, family, marriage, vocation, as well as plans and purchases.

    I love when Gembola said, “In all of our decision making, the Holy Spirit never leaves or forsakes us.” We can be encouraged because we are never alone in making decisions. God is with us.

    Whether you struggle with decision anxiety or have a friend who does, I believe this will be book encouraging to you.