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Recommended books on fear and anxiety

While our website has a growing number of articles on anxiety, space allows an article to say only so much. To help readers dig deeper, we’ve got a lot of recommended books here, and also links to excerpts from 17 of them.


First up, three biblical counselors offered up the book recommendations that follow. Two of these are devotionals, quite a few of them are by Ed Welch, and a couple were recommended by more than one counselor.

Heres Snijder

  • Prescription Without Pills – Susan Heitler
  • When People are Big and God is Small – Edward T. Welch
  • A Small Book for the Anxious Heart (devotional) – Edward T. Welch – see the excerpt from Westminster down below
  • Caring For the Souls of Children (Chapter 7 specifically) – Amy Baker
  • Generation Z Unfiltered – Tim Elmore & Andrew McPeak

Rhonda Wiersma-Vandeburgt

For children:

For adults:

  • Laughing at the Days to Come – Tessa Thompson
  • Anxiety: Knowing God’s Peace (devotional) – Paul Tautges
  • Created to Care: God’s Truth for Anxious Moms – Sara Wallace
  • Reset – David Murray
  • Refresh – Shona and David Murray

Mini booklets

  • Helping Your Anxious Child – Julie Lowe
  • Teens and Anxiety – Eliza Huie
  • Living in a Dangerous World – William P. Smith

John Siebenga

  • Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul in These Turbulent Times – John Eldredge

Heres Snijder and Rhonda Wiersma-Vandeburgt

  • Running Scared – Edward T. Welch
  • When I Am Afraid: A Step-By-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety – Edward T. Welch


David Murray’s Why Am I Feeling Like This?: A Teen’s Guide to Freedom from Anxiety & Depression

David Murray wrote a pair of books, one for parents called, Why is my Teenager Feeling like This? A Guide for Helping Teens Through Anxiety & Depression, and a second, for their children to read called Why Am I Feeling Like This?: A Teen’s Guide to Freedom from Anxiety & Depression. I think these will prove to be incredibly helpful for families facing this struggle. Read a chapter from the teen book, titled “Beautiful Brianna.”

Westminster Bookstore’s free “sampler” of 15 theologians tackling anxiety and fear

The folks at the Westminster Bookstore have done something special, collecting key chapters from 15 Christian authors addressing the topic of anxiety and fear, and they then distributed those collected chapters for free. The thought is, you can sample them, find out which might be the most helpful, and then order that book (preferably from Westminster Bookstore, at least if you live in the US). In order, the chapters taken come from:

  • A small book for the anxious heart – Edward T. Welch (4 daily readings from it)
  • Anxiety – Knowing God’s Peace – Paul Tautges (4 readings)
  • Created to Care: God’s Truth for Anxious Moms – Sara Wallace (Chap 8)
  • Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy – Mark Vroegop (Intro/Chap 1)
  • Everyday prayer – John Calvin (Ps 130, 143)
  • God’s Grace in your Suffering – David Powlison (Intro)
  • In the Presence of my Enemies – Dale Ralph Davis (Ps 29 – Chap 6)
  • Living Life Backwards – David Gibon (Chap 1)
  • O Death, Where is Thy Sting – John Murray (Chap 13)
  • Piercing prayers – Puritans
  • Pray Big – Alistair Begg (Chap 2)
  • The Promises of God – Charles Spurgeon (5 daily readings)
  • Suffering – Paul David Tripp (Chapter 11)
  • The Whole Armor of God – Iain M. Duguid (Chap 1)
  • Untangling Emotions – J. Alasdair Groves + Winston T. Smith (Chap 13)
  • Walking with God through Pain and Suffering – Timothy Keller (Intro)

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