I Want to Escape: Reaching for Hope When Life is Too Much

Rush Witt
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Rush Witt helps us learn to bravely run to Christ instead of running away when life overwhelms.

Escape holds a powerful allure amid hard times. In every season, a myriad of pressures, challenges, regrets, and disappointments plague our lives. These trials and tribulations often provoke us to cry, “I’ve got to get outta here!” Even though we have many good reasons for trying to escape, as Christians we have even better reasons to depend courageously on our Savior in the ups and downs of life.

In I Want to Escape, you will learn to recognize the classic signs of escapism: denial, distraction, self-destruction, and thoughts of death and to instead take the path of courageous dependence on Jesus, who remains closer than a brother even when we’re ready to run.

  • Practical, accessible, and concise guidance on recognizing the reason why we want to run, written by an experienced biblical counselor.
  • Part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series, walking readers through their deepest and most profound questions.
  • Gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and offers hope-filled direction to experience Jesus’s grace and mercy to comfort us and lead us on a better path.
  • Compact format goes deeper than New Growth Press’s popular minibooks without overwhelming the reader


Rush Witt, MDiv, DMin, is Lead Pastor of Paramount Church in Bexley, Ohio and a certified biblical counselor. He is the author of Diehard Sins and I Want to Escape. Rush and his wife, Kathryn, have three daughters and two sons. 

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"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

“God created human beings to seek and find peace in relationship with him. Sin separated us from him and destroyed that peace. Ever since the fall, mankind has sought after that peace, but we too easily settle for much less. I Want to Escape is a wonderful, concise look at how we seek relief from the trials of life through temporary pleasures and points us to what our hearts were created for: peace with God through communion with him.”
Curtis Solomon, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition; program coordinator for Biblical Counseling, Boyce College

“Sometimes life is just so very hard and it seems there is no relief from the pain, stress, and trouble. If you are here or know someone who is here, this wonderful little book will be a balm to your soul. Rush Witt reminds us of a comforting truth: Jesus is not only our Savior and Lord, he is also the Good Shepherd who is with us in our distress. The one who understands suffering, abandonment, loneliness, and tragedy can meet us in our deepest needs. You don't have to carry your burden alone. These words help you hear and listen to the One who loves you.”
Daniel Darling, Director, Land Center for Cultural Engagement; best-selling author of The Characters of Christmas, The Characters of Easter, and The Dignity Revolution

“Amid the many ways we wrongly escape life’s problems, God promises his way—not to escape the problems but the sins they might occasion. Reminding us that our Savior fights ‘in the foxhole’ with and for us, Rush Witt skillfully and practically outlines God’s way to face trouble: to humbly pray, freshly believe the gospel, and act boldly in dependence on him.”
Robert D. Jones, Biblical Counseling Professor, Southern Seminary; author of Pursuing Peace and The Gospel for Disordered Lives

“Insightful, practical, Scripture-driven, and hopeful, I Want to Escape: Reaching for Hope When Life Is Too Much provides keen observations about a pervasive problem and asks questions that draw out the reader's heart. Rush Witt repeatedly reminds us that Christ is present in our current struggles, giving us the courage to engage our troubles rather than escape them.”
Darby Strickland, Faculty and counselor, CCEF; author of Is it Abuse?

"This helpful book puts flesh on a common yet easily disguised human response to life. Though we might not think of ourselves as natural 'escape artists,' Rush shows how easily the age-old urge of escapism can manifest in our present-day troubles. He then offers practical, pastoral counsel for how to exercise courageous dependence on Christ in the midst of despair and disappointment."
Christine Chappell, Author of Help! I’ve Been Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder; outreach director and Hope + Help Podcast host, Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship; ACBC certified biblical counselor

“No matter who we are or what we experience, we’re all tempted toward escape to deal with the hurts and difficulties of life. In this insightful book, Rush Witt gently confronts our errant beliefs and wisely counsels our hearts to look to Jesus, the only truly safe place to hide.”
Paul Tautges, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Mayfield Heights, OH; author of Anxiety: Knowing God's Peace and A Small Book for the Hurting Heart

“When trials or temptations threaten, we feel the temptation to escape reality. If we follow this impulse away from God, we will only find more pain and suffering. But if we allow it to push us toward God in faith, we can trust that he will care for us. I Want to Escape provides simple, practical, gospel-centered help to courageously trust God in the face of adversity.”
Garrett Kell, Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church

“This book instructs us how to turn away from fleshly escapist responses to our troubles (which only make things worse) and to embrace wise biblical solutions (which bring hope). Realistic case examples are provided and Scripture is helpfully applied.”
Jim Newheiser, Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC; executive director, The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship 

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    I Want to Escape by Rush Witt

    Posted by Anna Hazel on 01 22 2023

    Rush Witt shares the Three-Part Plan for Courageous Dependence upon God. First, pray with humility. Second, believe with Gospel hope. Third, act with dependent courage. The author shares a letter from his wife who, after struggling with despair, found the radical change in perspective that she needed, the hope of change that comes from walking with Jesus. Witt also addresses the failure we have when we live only by the seen reality. Our hope is in the unseen, as shown by David's example of expressing his heartache to the God who cares.

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    How to live in Christ when we would prefer to escape

    Posted by Wendy on 11 06 2022

    We all have a tendency to avoid the challenges of life and to choose what seems to be an easier path. Witt is honest and compassionate as he explores the many reasons and ways we try to escape. Yet, he calls us to a better way - a courageous dependence on God in midst of our challenges. He proposes a three-fold plan moving forwards: pray with humility, believe with gospel hope, and act with courageous dependence. This plan is applied over following chapters to the four main escape routes that people take: denial, distraction, deflect & destroy, and desiring death. Witt finishes with the reminder that “after darkness, there is light”. We have hope in Christ, he walks with us, and so we turn to him in prayer, we believe the gospel, and we act, trusting in him to be alongside us as we walk the difficult path. A gospel-focussed, short and instructive book that helps people to identify their own escapes and avoidances, and encourages a more fruitful path.

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    I Want to Escape Review

    Posted by Leslie Hartman on 10 27 2022

    Everyone wants to escape at one point or another and I am thankful that there is a book like I Want to Escape: Reaching Out for Hope When Life Gets Too Much out there. I love how Mr. Witt lets the reader know that it is ok and a normal life experience to want to escape from life. The examples that were given to describe different levels of wanting to escape are realistic to the type of escape being described. I appreciate and am thankful that the Witt family shared their testimony of wanting to escape and how Jesus brings the Witt family through it. I love the Scripture that was used throughout the book and how the way it was written truly does give you Hope through wanting to escape. I appreciate I Want to Escape: Reaching Out for Hope When Life Gets Too Much‘s message and the comfort that is told in the book–that Jesus wants to go through life with us even if we want to escape it at times. I highly recommend I Want to Escape: Reaching Out for Hope When Life Gets Too Much, especially if you are in the mental health field or in Ministry and definitely if at some time in your life you have wanted to escape. It’s definitely worth a second read! I would like to thank New Growth Press for giving me a copy of I Want to Escape: Reaching Out for Hope When Life Gets Too Much to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Full Review at: https://leslieslibraryescape.wordpress.com/2022/10/27/book-review-i-want-to-escape-reaching-for-hope-when-life-is-too-much/

  • 5

    Posted by Annette on 09 29 2022

    My Thoughts: I love the start of the book: “From this point on, I want you to intentionally think on the every-present Person of Jesus. Let’s make a habit of knowing he is near.” I’ve heard plenty of people say, “just go to your happy place.” This is an escape. A form of escape to a place in our minds. It is a way to escape from the drudgery, boredom, stress, suffering, and fears in this life. In reality, this is not healthy, and it is not the thought and place to retreat during a time of suffering, etc. To think of Jesus. To think of His Word. To think of His promises. To think of His attributes. These are healthy Christian thoughts. So much of this book is splendid. And the following are reasons why I believe this: “Mind renewing change. Romans 12:2. But we can ask for the wind of the Spirit to come and clear our vision and renew our mind. Turning to God for grace and forgiveness is the first step toward a clear mind and a clean heart. Then, Jesus enables us to draw ever closer to him as he changes us over time.” For a “God-gifted change.” “Our basic plan.” Three steps are given that are concise and applicable. This is a bullet point, concise type book. Easy to follow. Easy to understand the subject and themes. Great application helps. From chapter four. “1. Trials Prove the Genuineness of Faith.” “2. Trials Make the Beauty of Faith Appear.” “3. Trials Purify and Increase Affection for Christ.” I love the illustration of Christ our Savior fighting with and for us. “Questions for Reflection” at the end of each chapter. Chapter five is the perfect chapter to address our distracting social media era. Chapter seven is a hard chapter to read because it is one of unease. It is using death as a form of escape. A valuable letter written by the author’s wife. This is located in a later chapter. She has written the letter to those in despair. One of my favorite take-aways from the book. “Rather than isolating from others, engage people with love.” This is from chapter seven.

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