Saturday, June 26, 2021

The Extraordinary Power of Praise by Becky Harling

This last year has provided the potential of experiencing anxiety, perhaps like never before. What are we to do when we feel anxious? How do we deal with the troubling thoughts?

Harling is convinced praise is the answer. She has created a six week study of psalms she has chosen to particularly deal with anxious feelings. Each weekly study covers several psalms and includes five days of homework. The homework should take less than a half our to complete and includes a morning prayer, a guided study of a psalm, questions to help reflect on the psalm, verses to memorize, a suggested worship song to listen to, and a prayer of praise.

This is a great study. Harling writes from personal experience, not just lofty theory. She shares how she memorized Psalm 46 after she had been told she had breast cancer and faced a double mastectomy. Harling knows the power of studying and memorizing psalms. She knows the encouragement one can find in them. She does a good job of sharing what she has learned about fear and anxiety and how to rely on God's Word and rest in the encouragement and comfort found there.

This is a great study for individual or group use. There is a video series to purchase for this study and the book contains a listening guide for it.

You can read an excerpt here. You can watch the book trailer here.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Becky Harling has a degree in Biblical Literature and is a popular speaker and Bible teacher. Her life experiences as a pastor's wife, parent, grandmother, women's ministry leader, and survivor of breast cancer and sexual abuse bring depth and transparency to her messages. She is the bestselling author of many books and studies. You can find out more at

Moody Publishers, 272 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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