Struck Down but Not Destroyed

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Anxiety strikes us down . . . But we’re never destroyed.

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“I’ve known Pierce Hibbs and his work for some years and have greatly appreciated his theological analysis and understanding of human problems. His Struck Down but Not Destroyed has been helpful to me. I have had similar problems (though I’d describe them as agoraphobia or introversion rather than anxiety disorder), and I’m grateful to be able to read Pierce’s testimony of how Jesus is sufficient to meet such needs. He is right to argue from Scripture than such difficulties can be means of spiritual growth and blessing, as he leads us to respond to them in a godly way. I hope this book gets wide distribution.”  – John M. Frame

“It’s no secret that most of us live anxious lives in varying degrees. Most people learn how to tolerate this subtle anguish and agitation with less than effective (and godly) coping skills. In other instances, however, anxiety punctuated by panic attacks overwhelms and takes on a life of its own. Pierce Taylor Hibbs brings his life as a person who knows the crippling power of this type of anguish in full view, then takes the reader on the less often walked path that challenges the reader to let God be in charge of their anxiety as he has learned over the years. This approach does not follow the traditional therapeutic model that automatically assumes that the goal of God’s work in us is his method of symptom reduction or deliverance. Similar to the anguish Paul describes when discussing his brand of torment, Hibbs points believers in the direction that Paul exclaims as the better path- the powerful presence of Jesus in the midst of anxiety’s fire. For a counselor the highest recommendation of a book is buying copies to give to a client. I will be buying this book.”  – Jeffrey S. Black

“Forged in the crucible of his own long term struggle with severe anxiety, Pierce Taylor Hibbs has written a wise and eminently practical book on living with anxiety. But it is much more. It is an extended meditation on the purpose for which we were created (communion with God), the nature of suffering, and the paradoxical, biblical reality that when we are weak we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). Pierce writes winsomely, personally, and passionately, embedding his story of anxiety in the Story of our Triune God’s character and redemptive work. Filled with incisive theological insight, honest prayers, reflection questions, and reader resources, he offers a hope-filled path to a deeper relationship with God, not in spite of anxiety, but through anxiety.” – Michael R. Emlet

“It is one of the remarkable oddities of our age that we live at a time where we often enjoy more material comfort and security than ever before and yet where there is also much evidence to indicate that anxiety is a crushing problem for many as never before.  In this accessible, personal, and helpful book, Pierce Hibbs uses his own struggles in this area and the teaching of the Bible to offer comfort and advice to those who face their own anxiety problem.  An unusually helpful volume.”  – Carl R. Trueman

“This is the book I have been waiting for to share with loved ones who suffer with anxiety disorders. Struck Down but Not Destroyed is the best I’ve read on the topic so far, taking a holistic approach that will minister to body, mind, and soul, offering personal testimony, digestible and helpful theology, practical follow-up actions, and beautiful prayers. Anxiety can be incredibly scary and paralyzing. Pierce helps sufferers to know what to do with that fear, truly accomplishing his subtitle to faithfully live with anxiety.”  – Aimee Byrd

“Accomplished writer and theologian, Pierce Taylor Hibbs, has given those who are afflicted with anxiety a sure-footed, elevating gift. Apart from the author’s gripping transparency, the power of his advice comes from the fact that it is wholly and radically biblical and, therefore, counter intuitive — especially so in today’s “conquer it … get over it” culture. The radical biblical truth is that our anxiety/weakness is meant to drive us to Christ and his strength. And, as Hibbs argues, it is meant to endow us with spiritual wings. Struck Down but Not Destroyed in no brief fly-over. Each chapter is structured by the triad: Experience – Scripture – Theology, and is rounded- off by penetrating questions for reflection and a carefully wrought prayer. This is a wonderful book!” R. Kent Hughes
“I have read scores of books about anxiety. None comes close to this thorough, biblical and most practical study. Most of us, if we are honest, will admit to being captured by worry somewhere in our lives. This book is as good or better than dozens of therapy sessions. I was particularly helped by the emphasis on prayer: most needful, most difficult. And God’s grace is woven into the warp and woof. Everyone needs to read it.” – William Edgar

“Pierce Taylor Hibbs has given the church a gift with this insightful and compassionate book on anxiety. Placing his own struggle with anxiety in the light, he invites the reader to do the same and to experience the liberty that accompanies such honesty. Hibbs carefully grounds our thinking and experiences in Scripture and offers a wealth of practical counsel. This is a book to read and then read again. I will be commending this wonderful book to all of my fellow strugglers.” – Todd Pruitt

“Anxiety often shows up unannounced at the door of the soul, lingering beyond the bounds of our abilities. Through experience and prayer, Pierce Taylor Hibbs describes the battle of living faithfully with this “long-term guest.” Rooted firmly in Scripture, this work is filled with theology that is accessible, practical, and personal—with the gospel woven throughout its pages. Hibbs writes with heart, soul, and most of all, biblical truth. Whether you are worried, weary, or whittled down, Hibbs shows how God stewards your anxiety in order to conform you to Christ for His glory and your good.” – Nathaniel Schill

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The image represents a central biblical truth: It is in our weakness that we surrender to God. And through that surrender, he builds his kingdom. Raise the white flag, my friends. It’s a call for God to enter and work, especially through our anxiety.

An Open Letter to Christians Struggling with Anxiety

Dear Troubled Believer,
I see you.
I know it feels like you’re army-crawling through morning and afternoon. I know how your soul slinks on the ground, breathing in the dust, while everyone around you seems free as birds in the breeze. They don’t understand the willpower it takes to do the ordinary, the effort in the “easy,” the crushing of the commonplace.
I know you feel like you’re an alien among humans, struggling . . . (Read more at the Laymen’s Lounge)

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