Please join me in welcoming Barb Roose to the blog today, to chat about her new book Winning the Worry Battle – something that we all need to learn in today’s high-anxiety world, right?
Barb is passionate about reaching women and teaching them to win at life with God-empowered strength and dignity. She loves speaking at women’s events on the topics of fear and worry, self-care and leadership. Barb is the author of multiple books and Bible studies, including Winning the Worry Battle (book) and Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle (Bible study).
Barb and her husband, Matt are the parents of three daughters, Kate, Sami and Abbie. They love their dog, Quimby and a 9-year old rabbit that threatens to live forever. She loves Jesus, new adventures, her FitBit, chocolate peanut butter ice cream and fabulous high heels.
Have you ever tried to fight worry with faith and felt you were losing the battle? Have comments like “God’s got this!” or “Just pray about it” only left you feeling more burdened? We know we shouldn’t worry, but the reality is that we all do at times. Whether it’s personal worries about loved ones and daily circumstances or broader concerns about what’s happening in the world, we long for something more than platitudes that will help us put real feet to our faith and win the worry battle.
Many Christians do not have a full understanding of what it means to fight the good fight of faith. They try to live by faith but in the face of everyday trials and failures, they find themselves disillusioned and discouraged, wondering if they have done something wrong or if living by faith only works for others. The problem for most is simply a lack of understanding regarding what faith is and how it works.
This book, inspired by the Book of Joshua, reviews three steps a person can take to Fight In Faith: 1) embrace God’s promises, 2) steep your heart in courage, and 3) act in obedience to God’s commands.
Just as God gave His people victory over their enemies when they fought in faith, He promises to do the same for us. Following the footprints of bold, courageous faith that God gave His people, we’ll be equipped with tools to bravely fight in faith and overcome both our daily struggles and the bigger battles we all face. Through examples of how God gave the Israelites victory over their enemies and generously blessed them, too, we’ll be victorious in our fight of faith so that we not only radically transform our own lives but unequivocally impact society.
A companion six-week Bible study Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle is also available for those who would like to dig deeper into the book’s topic. Study components, each available separately, include a Participant Workbook with five days of lessons per week, Leader Guide, and DVD with six 20-25 minute sessions (with closed captioning).
Hi Barb! Welcome to the blog!
Barb: Both. I love them both and feel distressed at the thought of having to choose between them.
Carrie: haha! That’s ok – ‘both’ is an acceptable answer 😉
Barb: Summer. I’ve lived through 45 winters in Ohio and pray if God blesses me with future winters, that those seasons will be spent in a state that doesn’t get snow.
Carrie: I’ll trade you! Kentucky doesn’t get nearly enough snow for my liking!
Barb: Dogs. Cats hate me.
Carrie: Haha!! My dog wholeheartedly agrees with you!
Barb: Tea. I’m already high energy, and I will lose friends if I consume coffee more than one or two days a week.
Carrie: LOL! This may be my favorite answer to this question so far!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Barb: My superpower is my energy and stamina. However, it’s taken years of mistakes, burnout and finally, spiritual discipline to learn how to use my superpower in a way that doesn’t wreck my life.
Carrie: That’s really wise insight – even superpowers have to be harnessed …
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Barb: Ramona from the Beezus and Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. As a child, I was a rule-follower, but I loved that Ramona marched to the beat of her own drum, even when it got her into trouble. I wasn’t brave enough to be like Ramona back then, but I think that I might be getting a little closer now.
Carrie: oh my goodness, i adore Ramona! ♥
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Barb: I have to have some kind of movement or activity around me when I write. It doesn’t matter if I’m sitting in a coffee shop with a crowd or my dog is snoring next to my writing table at home, I need to feel movement.
Carrie: I need background noise – but not something I have to pay attention to. And a coffee shop is a lost cause with me because I people watch and get nothing done lol
Q: Why write about worrying? Why is that important to you?
Barb: Winning the Worry Battle is about our battle with worry and fear. As a first-born, Type A kid, I grew up feasting on worst-case scenarios in my mind, which caused constant stress and anxiety for me in high school. As an adult and parent, I taught myself to worry about everything because I thought that worrying meant that I cared. If I worried about someone or something, then it was important to me. However, I didn’t realize just how much my worried thoughts impacted my mental and physical health. After years of being stressed out all day and sleepless at night, I burned out and that’s when God finally had my attention. Once I learned that the difference between worry and worship was who I was talking to, that’s when I began digging deep into God’s Word and trusting God instead of constantly obsessing with my own thoughts.
Carrie: “the difference between worry and worship was who I was talking to” – OH! i love that!
Q: What is something that surprised you the most while researching Winning the Worry Battle?
Barb: Halfway through writing this book, my 67-year old dad got sick unexpectedly. He had never been in the hospital a day in my life, but he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in October 2017 and passed away eight days after his diagnosis. Everything I was writing about in my book was tested. I had to face the uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis, then the fear of watching my dad quickly decline, followed by the worries about my mom’s future. Yet, as I walked through this tragic situation, every promise of God and Holy-Spirit empowered tool that I wrote about became my lifeline and my source of peace, even through my tears and pain.
Carrie: oh goodness, I can so relate to this. My father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in July 2017 (is doing well right now, thankfully) and my mother-in-law was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the beginning of October 2017 – 3 weeks later she was gone. Yet His promises and His strength have become my peace and my hope even through tears and grief ♥
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Winning the Worry Battle?
Barb: That we don’t have to live worn out by worry! God has given us the tools to fight our worry battle every day and when we fight worry God’s way, He will give us victory.
Carrie: “we don’t have to live worn out by worry” – yes, amen!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Barb: I’ve loved writing both the Winning the Worry Battle book and a separate six-week Bible study called Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle. Now, I’m on the road sharing the message from the book and Bible study at women’s conferences, retreats and leadership events around the country. I’m also sharing the stories of women who’ve faced hard circumstances and overcome fear and worry on my Better Together podcast, which airs new episodes on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.
Barb Roose is offering a copy of Winning The Worry Battle to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you the most about this book?