Walking on Water When You Feel Like Drowning: Finding Hope in Life's Darkest Moments by Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt is a faith based self help book for those experiencing difficulties. The authors take turns, writing their advise based on their own personal experiences and battles with depression and anxiety. The reader will notice that passages are labeled - Tommy or Steve, based on the particular author who is doing the speaking. This writing style manes the book more personal as well as the individual battles and circumstances each author endured. The authors speak directly to the reader. Their real life experiences show that this book isn't simply written from a clinical standpoint but personal experience. This will draw in readers who are facing real serious life issues- as the reader relates to the authors.
I believe busy executives, high strung type A personalities, obsessive compulsives and career types will relate to Tommy Nelson, a pastor of a large church and widely known author of a number of books and DVDs chronicled his personal experience with anxiety and panic attacks as a pastor of a large church with an extra busy schedule. Those who are experiencing grief and tragedy such as loss or illness will relate more to Steve Leavitt who shares with the readers the story of his wife's death shortly after childbirth as a result of a battle with cancer.
This isn't simply a book of personal stories or anecdotes but rather a guide to empower the reader through scripture and practical advise. The authors discuss destructive thought patterns and habits and guide the reader towards overcoming. Practical issues related to treatment are discussed as well such as therapists and the role of medications. All these elements are covered with a biblical point of view. As a blogger for Tyndale I received this book published by Tyndale publishers - A Focus On the Family Resouce- for the purpose of writing this review.