Book Review: Walking on Water When You Feel Like You’re Drowning by Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt

Walking on Water

Hope is a key to carrying on and is a truth that is ultimately found in the life-changing message of the gospel.  In Walking on Water When You Feel Like You’re Drowning: Finding Hope in Life’s Darkest Moments, Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt call readers to hang on to hope in the midst of the darkness of their struggles.  Nelson and Leavitt seek to address the darkness of depression, anxiety, OCD, and perfectionism and lead readers to find biblical hope and encouragement in their struggles.

Walking on Water is an intensely personal book in which the personal narratives of the authors’ own personal struggles drive the storyline of the book.  As people who have struggled with the darkness, the authors can help lead their readers to hope and freedom.  In addition to sharing personal struggles and failures, the authors also helpfully address the topics of anxiety and depression in a holistic way.  These are struggles that contain mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual elements.  The authors do not shy away from any of these factors and seek to lead readers to personally evaluate how each of these factor into their own personal struggles with darkness.

After defining the darkness, Nelson and Leavitt provide practical steps to begin the path to healing.  This path involves allowing yourself to be defined by the truths of God’s Word as opposed to your own performance, getting help from others, setting boundaries, possibly getting medical help, and living for the future.  This path to healing is practical and based on the authors’ personal experiences of finding hope in the midst of darkness.

In a Christian culture that tends to ignore darkness, depression, and anxiety, Nelson and Leavitt engage this important topic by creating a helpful resource for those fighting through the darkness and those who care for and minister to them.  You may feel like you are drowning, but Jesus calls you to experience His hope and to walk with Him on the water through your darkness.