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.
"Bigger than a minibook, smaller than regular, just the right size to give biblical answers to common counseling questions. This book, along with others in the series, is an affordable, much-needed resource for the church community—strugglers, pastors, counselors, and other helpers."
Barbara Miller Juliani, VP New Growth Press
“Remarkable. Michael helpfully identifies the new variants of today’s anxieties and then he gathers the insights of wise people and joins them with his own pastoral wisdom in a way that actually gives direction.”
Edward T. Welch, Faculty and counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF); author of A Small Book for the Anxious Heart
“I could not help but think of several people in my life who would immediately benefit from Michael Gembola’s latest offering—Anxious about Decisions. Well-written, well-researched, and brimming with wise and biblical insight, this book brings both a skill and a humanity to an often-overlooked issue. Those who find themselves anxious and in need of help will find Michael a patient and understanding guide, helping you toward a deeper faith in Christ.”
Jonathan D. Holmes, Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling; coauthor of Rescue Skills
“Drawing upon years of experience in counseling those who are anxious about both big and small decisions, Michael Gembola thoughtfully and winsomely leads readers to deeper insights about their anxiety and provides Christ-centered, practical suggestions for facing their fears and finding freedom from decision paralysis and endless rumination. Debating whether you should read this book or not? Gembola would say that you have freedom before God to choose either option. (But if you take the risk and buy it, I’m 99.9% sure you won’t regret it!)”
Michael R. Emlet, Dean of Faculty and Counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF); author of Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners
“Decision anxiety is real, but so is the peace that God offers. The pages of this book are packed with practical and biblical ways to process your anxiety. It will help you get to what is at the core of your decision anxiety and point you to the peace of God.”
Eliza Huie, Licensed and biblical counselor; director of counseling, McLean Bible Church, Vienna, Va; coauthor of The Whole Life
“Anxious about Decisions: Finding Freedom in the Peace of God is packed with biblical wisdom that is profoundly comforting, gentle, and practical. Michael Gembola astutely addresses the many reasons we struggle with making decisions. After reading it, you will understand how to navigate decisions with humble confidence, knowing that Jesus holds you amid your fears and uncertainties.”
Darby Strickland, Faculty and counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF); author of Is it Abuse?
"Michael Gembola's book, Anxious About Decisions, is one of the most helpful books I have ever read, being clearly written and supremely relevant. Which one of us has not fretted over pending decisions? Gembola cites Scripture frequently and draws on an impressively wide array of Christian thinkers, ending each chapter with practical questions for reflection, making this book perfect for individual or group study. I cannot wait to make it available to my parishioners!"
Christopher A. Hutchinson, Senior Pastor, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Blacksburg, VA; author of Rediscovering Humility
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