In grade 4, Jani Marshall had a mental health breakdown. Why then would she go on to write a book called The Joy of Fear?
Jani experienced chronic anxiety all her life. When she was a teen, she had difficulty making the simple decision of going out or staying home. if she went out, she was likely to have a panic attack, and if she stayed home, she could also experience a panic attack. She thought that everyone lived like this, but was able to live their lives in a better way.
She would wonder how others got through the days and nights so well, while she was debilitated daily. Anxiety was not diagnosed for her until she hit peri-menopause.
Throughout Jani’s life of anxiety, she discovered in her Christian walk that God wanted her to fear Him. Fear was exhausting. Now God wanted her to live in more fear, she incorrectly assumed.
In her powerful new book, The Joy of Fear, Jani reveals the steps you can take so you don’t have to follow in her footsteps. Fear and worry play such a key part in so many people’s lives, but as a Christian, you can do something about it. Fear grips Christians just as much as it does others in society, so there is a clear need to understand the difference between fearing God and the general fears that life can bestow upon us.
Along with her anxiety story, Jani, who along with her husband, pastored churches in Australia and Canada, clearly explains what is meant by the fear of God. She clarifies why God wants us to fear him, how to fear him and the rewards of fearing him.
Convenient questions at the end of each chapter can assist in leading a group study on the fear of God.
Jani has a unique writing style; easy to read and she simplifies the teaching of the word. Jani brings in examples from her own life to assist the reader in understanding the content of each chapter.
Jani conducts a Counselling Clinic in Brisbane Australia. She holds a Master of Suicidology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Jani specialises in suicide, PTSD and grief and loss and, of course, anxiety.