New Book for Christian Kids Struggling with Anxiety

Anxiety is on the rise in kids. Christian kids are not immune. They need to have a greater understanding of how they are wired, how anxiety takes over and how they can use God’s word to face all the challenges that life hands them.

May 23, 2023 marked the release of my first book. I am excited to give readers a little peek behind the curtain and share about how this book came to be, what it’s about and how it might be helpful for Christian kids and their families.

What is the story behind “More Than a Conqueror”?

About 10 years ago, I started working on a worry workbook for kids. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom, running Cornerstones for Parents and giving the occasional parenting talk. Through this work, I started to hear about the increase in anxiety among children. Kids were anxious about school, friends, the future. My kids had their own anxieties. I knew they needed tools and resources and when I tried to find them, there were none that addressed anxiety from a Biblical perspective. So the dream began. And then it sort of fizzled…

It wasn’t until 2020, when the pandemic hit, that the Lord started to bring the workbook back into my mind. Anxiety was on the rise, kids were struggling. I knew it was time to dust it off and bring it to life. I am thankful that Ambassador International took a gamble on an unpublished author and took on this project. Now, almost 2 years later, it’s finally here.

Who is the book for?

This workbook was written to Christian kids between the ages of 7 and 11 (there is a lot of developmental differences in this age span, but I believe that parents and kids will be able to adapt the skills and information included to make it useful for this age range). The workbook is intended for caregivers and kids to work on together. Anxiety has a way of shrinking your world and making you feel very alone. I wanted this workbook to be collaborative in a way that helped kids be seen and known by the people who love them best. My prayer is that though the workbook, they will learn more about themselves, their God, and how they can fill their toolbelt with resources and tips to help them in their struggles with anxiety.

What will we find inside?

There are psychoeducational components to this book – what anxiety is, why we have it and how it can take over. There are also 10 battles that are based on CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) interventions that weave in Scripture and the truths of God. Kids will learn how to notice their worry body signals, how to calm their bodies, how to examine their thoughts, and how to take care of themselves in a way that supports good mental health. The battles include activities like learning a breath prayer, creating a thankful tree, and even a guide for systematic desensitization for kids who avoid anxiety provoking situations. It is interactive and the “battles” build on one another as the child works their way through the book.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment from a qualified mental health professional. Cornerstones for Parents is not liable for any advice, tips, techniques, and recommendations the reader chooses to implement.

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