The inspiration to write this book came firstly from my personal experience of stress and the struggle to manage it in my multiple roles as a Christian, a single mother, a foreigner and a professional.
Secondly, I undertook my Masters research project on work related stress and creating healthy working places. The findings of which had not managed to successfully manage stress in the work place. Stress remains a global challenge including among Christians. This left me thinking and searching.
As I explored my own Stress management as a Christian and that of other Christians, I realised how widespread stress was among Christians and how difficult it was to talk about it in the Christian arena. Christians suffered in silence. This is because they feared being labelled faithless, weak, punished of God or backslidden. There was also the guilt of not being able to trust God to get them through and the self-defeating belief that God was punishing them for something they’d done wrong. However, my discovery and understanding of God’s point of view when it came to stress told me otherwise. That there’s a place of peace where Christians can dwell under His umbrella of protection in times of Stress.
This is my reason for pursuing this topic and writing this book with intent to expose this “hidden enemy” stress, “the elephant in the room” according to Mind 2011. In essence, I would like to explore “the peaceful dwelling place” which I discovered, where one can dwell without getting overwhelmed by the challenges and stresses of this modern life. From here, one can look at stress through God’s eyes and from his perspective.
I invite you all to read through with me and pray that you will discover for yourselves and take refuge in this place from where all stress is managed God’s way.
Jambie Davenport, September 2018
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“…This is a ‘must read’ for both counsellors and those going through stressful times”
Michael Coveney, Church Leader & Author
“Stress is without doubt one of the most common sources of suffering in the West today. This book is clear on the causes of this perennial problem and gives much helpful and practical information on how to reduce the effects of this modern menace in our lives. I highly recommend Jambie’s book.”
Tom Griffiths, Senior Pastor, City Praise Centre
“Jambie’s book focuses on a health issue of global magnitude – “Stress”. The WHO in 2015 estimates 300 million people equivalent to 4.4% of the world’s population suffer from depression. Similarly, over 200 million or 3.6% of the world’s population live with anxiety. This gives an idea of the size of this problem. Beyond anxiety and depression, stress also has far reaching consequences for individuals, families, communities and nations. Some of which have been highlighted in this book.
The book sheds light on the early warning signs for depression and anxiety, it describes some quick screening questions and also sign posts readers to seek help professionally and spiritually.
It concludes by providing advice from personal experience and God’s word on how to maintain a stable mental health that is able to withstand stresses which are inevitable in our day to day lives.
The discussion in this book is backed with relevant biblical and empirical data. It is a must read for all who would like to learn how to flourish and live a stable life in the midst of the stresses of life.
Doctor Y Ajakaiye MBBS, MRCGP