I am a relatively new Christian having come to faith in my late teens. Now in my twenties I like to read Christian literature to help with the growth of my faith and to hear what other Christians have to say. I like always having a piece of faith non-fiction on the go so after I finished a re-read of Mere Christianity by C S Lewis I was keen to pick something else. I plumped for Overwhelmed by Perry Noble a recent acquisition which seemed perfect as I was feeling little overwhelmed getting my college portfolio ready for submission.
In Overwhelmed Noble discusses the situations, feelings and stress that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and without hope. Noble says however if you have a faith in God then you are never alone in these overwhelming times and that God is not letting you suffering needlessly he always has a plan. I have an anxiety disorder and so can often feel worried and overwhelmed by some of the smallest things let alone the big things. I thought the best advice Noble gave was not to worry about the things you cannot change because it is pointless just worry about the things you can change. So simple and obvious but often something I completely forget to do yet if I followed it my life would be so much easier. I also loved how Noble used the stories of Daniel and Job from the Old Testament to help explain his points. Two great stories about being overwhelmed but staying true to your faith.
Perry Noble is a new author for me in 2014. I was really well supplied with new Christian non-fiction in 2013 and it appears to be continuing this year too. I was drawn to Overwhelmed because of the bold title and cover which seemed to be speaking to me at a time where I was feeling rather overwhelmed myself. I am pleased to say the content was really relevant and helpful for me too. I thought Noble’s style was friendly and informative. I enjoyed how Noble started each chapter with an anecdote from his own life but I don’t think I felt I learnt about him as much as perhaps as I did about other authors I have read this year. This is not a criticism just a reflection there was enough of personal touch to this to give a down to earth and honest feel to this non-fiction.
Overwhelmed is an interesting and supportive book on the overwhelming situations individuals may find themselves in. I highly recommend to those interested in Christian non-fiction.
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Have you read Noble? Any recommendations for other faith literature?