This best-selling volume addresses fears every human faces – vulnerability, illness, aging, and dying. Arnold says living for a cause greater than ourselves enables us to face eternity with the strength that comes from faith. Drawing on stories of people he has known and counseled, Arnold shows how suffering can be given meaning, and despair overcome.
Fear of accidents or acts of terror, illness or dying, loneliness or grief – if you’re like most people, such anxieties may be robbing you of the peace that could be yours. In Be Not Afraid, Arnold, a seasoned pastoral counselor who has accompanied many people to death’s door, tells how ordinary men, women, and children found the strength to conquer their deepest fears. Interspersed with anecdotes from such wise teachers as Tolstoy, Dickens, and Dorothy Day, Arnold’s words offer the assurance that even in an age of anxiety, you can live life to the full and meet death with confidence.
Johann Christoph Arnold is the author of several books, including Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, and Cries from the Heart. He lives in upstate New York.
Based on his popular 1997 book, I Tell You a Mystery, this new version has been broadened in scope to include discussions of contemporary issues such as AIDS, suicide, and euthanasia.
Softcover, 5.375 x 7.5
I have a collection of books given to me in time during my visits to the Bellvale Community. They have a place of honor in my home for they are 'food for the soul'. I often find myself reading a passage when I speak at workshops on Parental Bereavement. These books strengthen the 'Spirit' on the journey of parental loss because I feel as I read the words in the books, know what I know, and proclaim aloud that..... Jesus Christ is at the ' Center of the Center.' Thank You so much for inspiration.
I stumbled on this link while searching the internet for some help with my fear, I come from a family of 6, and by the time I was 31, I had lost my father (I was 8, he was 47), my oldest brother (I was 21, he was 34), my son I lost at his birth, my mother (I was 29, she was 66), then my 2nd oldest brother passed away a week before 911, when I was 34, he was 45. Since I turned 40 (I'm 46 now) I've had a lot of health issues, and with each year that passes my fear of dying and leaving my husband and kids gets worse, to the point now I suffer from anxiety and depression daily, I'm on a lot of medications for my medical conditions, so I fear that I'm going to pass like the rest of my family, I think about it with every new medical condition, will your book help me?
I just finished reading "Why Forgive". It open the door for me, one which I've wanted to open for years after my wife passed away. I cannot thank you enough for the way it has helped me to overcome an obstacle I've been stuck at for over a decade. God bless you and thank you so much. -John.
I enjoyed the book, Be Not Afraid. It was well-written and the testimonies covered were very meaningful and inspiring. I personally suffered from a fear of death even though I am a Christian. It is partly from suffering 20 years of nightmares after a nervous breakdown. The nightmares really wore at me. But your book was a real encouragement to me and I appreciate it very much. Thank you for writing it and making it freely accessible for people to read. We need this!