Guest Post by Suzanne Woods Fisher Plus Giveaway

Suzanne Woods FisherPanic!

“It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” Amish proverb

In The Calling, twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock starts to experience panic attacks—which are very real and very terrifying, so much so that she is convinced she’s losing her mind.

Bethany is in good company. Each year, 20% of adults in the United States will experience some kind of anxiety disorder. When the right mix of circumstances collide, worry can become such a mental burden that it can make us physically sick—as it did with Bethany. One of the worst things Bethany did was to isolate herself.

“You’re breaking up with me?” Jimmy’s mouth opened wide and his eyes quit twinkling. “And we haven’t even started courting yet?”

“I’ve given it a lot of thought since we talked, Jimmy,” Bethany said, trying to sound clear and strong and brave. No wavering. “It’s for the best. It’s good that nothing’s gotten started yet. It’ll be easier. We were friends before and this way we’ll remain friends.” It hurt too much to look in his eyes so she didn’t.

He grabbed her shoulders and made her face him. “What have I done wrong?’

Tell him. Don’t tell him. “Nothing. It’s nothing like that. It’s just…I’m just not right for you.” To her horror, tears sprang to her eyes and she bit her lip, trying to make them stop. It had been such along afternoon and she was dangerously emotional, teetering on a breakdown.

“Whatever I did, I’m sorry. If you’ll just tell me, I promise I won’t do it again.”

That pulled her up short. Sympathy was the last thing she expected, or deserved Tell him. Don’t tell him. She turned her head away and looked at the chicken hatchery in the distance. “You wouldn’t understand.”

He gave her shoulders a gentle shake. “Then help me to understand. Why are you suddenly going cold on me? Usually, you’re only mad if I’ve done something stupid.”

His face looked so sad, she wanted to hug him, but of course she didn’t dare. “I’m not mad at you. I’m not.”

His shoulders slumped. Just as he was about to say something, she stopped him. “Please. I just need to be left alone. Can’t you understand that?”

He shrugged, but not in a good way, as if he accepted what was coming and was bracing himself for it. “Year, sure. Absolutely.” He let her go and took a step back, then his eyes turned to a snapping fire for a second and his mouth broke into one of those reckless smiles that made her feel as if her heartbeat missed a hitch. “Don’t you worry none about me, Bethany,” he said, the words clipped, hard. “I’ll get along just fine.”

But then she never doubted that and it was hardly to be wondered. Him wit his mighty faith, so strong and solid. It was herself she doubted. “I know. I know you will.”

He gave her a probing look, one she couldn’t read. “Just answer me this…what are you so afraid of?”

She turned her from his hard gaze and felt burning tears flood into her eyes, causing her to sniff like a baby. He just wouldn’t leave well enough alone and made her look at him square in the face. “Tell me.”

She hesitated for a moment before giving him the only possible answer. “Of making a terrible mistake.” 

Panic attacks, depression, troubled minds—these are legitimate and very serious. Too often, the church (meaning us) ignores or underestimates those red flags by throwing a few bromides at them: Pray harder. Read your Bible. Trust in God. Stop worrying. Good advice, but there is no shame in receiving medical help for additional support. Just as insulin is needed for a diabetic, anti-anxiety and anti-depressants can be lifelines for those whose life is controlled by worry.

I don’t think it’s spoiling anything in The Calling to reveal that Bethany finally sought out medical help from a doctor, coping tools from a counselor, and a listening ear from a friend. Those supports made all the difference for her.

Does worry control your life? Today, tell someone. Talk to God. Talk to a trusted friend. And talk to your doctor, too.

Thanks so much for this great post Suzanne! I know everyone will be delighted to know that Suzanne is giving a copy of The Calling away to one lucky reader. How awesome is that?

the-calling-by-suzanne-woods-fisherTo enter leave a comment below. If you would like an Extra chance share this link on  Facebook or Twitter. Remember to leave another comment if you did.

**Contest starts today Tuesday, January 14th and ends on Tuesday, January 21st.**

110 thoughts on “Guest Post by Suzanne Woods Fisher Plus Giveaway

  1. I patiently wait for each new book to come out. I reread the ones I have and I share them with my mother, great conversations we can share about them. Thank you for writing such wonderful books you are truly blessed with a gift of writing. God Bless

  2. I suffer from panic attacks and depression. It is something that a lot of people don’t understand, but it is real and sometimes debilitating. Would love the chance to win this book.

  3. I’m reading this book now and its so good. Not entering the contest but wanted everyone know that Suzanne is a terrific author. Will be leaving reviews on several sites when I finish. I always shed a tear or two and sometimes get a good laugh over antics of the children and their interaction.

  4. Suzanne is an excellent author. wish there were more like her. love to read about the Amish and Suzanne makes you feel you are right there with the person in the book.keep up the great work Suzanne and hope you continue to write many more great books.

  5. Our daughter suffers from anxiety, including all the symptoms. Fortunately, she has sought help and does take medication. Even so, there are times it becomes more controlling. I would like the opportunity to read about someone else’s (even if fiction) struggle.

  6. This is a book I want to read. I suffered many years with anxiety and turn to panic attacks, I couldn’t leave my house.
    I’m still on medication, but God had a great deal in helping me, he still does.
    Thanks for a chance to win.
    Carolyn J.

  7. I would love to win a copy of “The Calling.” I’ve watched a family member suffer with Panic attacks and they aren’t fun. Thank God she is doing well with medication.

    Judy Burgi

  8. I have dealt with anxiety, since I was a child. As an adult,
    depression has reared its’ ugly head, also! I can easily
    relate to your main character…Many thanks for the opportunity
    to win your book.

  9. Would so love to win Suzanne’s book The Calling!
    I have dealth with anxiety for years now.
    So looking forward to reading this book.

  10. I want to win really bad but will be very happy for the one that does. I have had The Calling on hold since about sept. an one day I wil be able to read. just keep your good books comuing. thank you for the chance to win Karen at khsmith97217@yaho.com

  11. I would love to win. I remember having a panic attack a few years ago. I didn’t know at the time what it was, but it seemed every time I stepped into the place where I worked, I started feeling sick. A friend of mine heard how I felt and was able to put a name to what I was feeling. Too many things were happening in my life at the time and I was worried about my son going to Iraq. He is in the military.

  12. I have enjoyed all of Suzanne books. I really appreciate her post about depression and anxiety. there are so many people who do not get treatment because they are afraid including Christians. I believe your book will Bless a lot of people and help them see there is hope beyond their fear of what they are going through. Every day is a battle when you struggle with an illness thank God for His strength.

  13. I just finished The Letters and was hoping that it wouldn’t be too long before the next book was available. Perfect timing – I have my order in for The Calling. Living so close to Amish Country in PA, I find an array of books available in the local shops and enjoy reading Suzanne’s books….you are completely drawn it to the story with her believable character’s. I love sharing her books with my daughters – such wholesome entertainment in their reading.

  14. I suffered from anxiety for many years. After I gave my heart to God, I learned to manage them only by His Grace. I would love to win this book and find out how she is able to manage her panic attacks.

  15. I love reading Amish books. They are my all time favorite. I would love to win this book because Suzanne all your books are well written and have a story that keeps you interested to the end and wanting more.

  16. This looks like a really good book and I would love to have a chance to win and read it. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  17. This book sounds like a much needed way of making the public aware of what panic attacks/anxiety does to people–THANKS for a nice givewawy!

  18. I’m a depression sufferer; it runs in my family. My mother gave us all a scare and had a metal break down about three years ago. To this day, my father and her sisters still don’t understand what she went through.

    Suzanne, I will be sure to get this series for you know me I just love your books.

  19. I would love to win and read this book.Thanks for writing a book like this.There are so many people that don’t get help because they are afraid of what people will think.Panic attacks are so bad and so is depression.I am happy to see books written with these things in the story.Thanks again.

  20. I love to read your books Suzanne.
    I also suffer from anxiety and depression. People don’t understand what you go through when you have an attack, its not good.
    I read to take me away and get my mind on something else. Plus the fact that I am an avid reader any ways. I would love to win your book.
    Have a great day! 🙂

  21. This book hit home. I really needed to read this today. My daughter is having a very bad time with anxiety, worry, depression. Thanks for a chance to win.

  22. I have been reading on the book of the keeper. It is a very interesting, I’m enjoying it. Next there is two more books waiting on me to start,can’t wait. Very very good.

  23. A big thank you to everyone who entered to win a copy of The Calling and thanks a million to Suzanne for writing such a great post! The winner is Vickie Waxel. Congratulations! Many more giveaways are on the way…stay tuned…

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