Anxiety is a normal human response to stressful circumstances. But sometimes anxiety takes more control over us than we would like, and we find ourselves stuck in a cycle of fear and anxious thoughts. That cycle (sometimes called the spiral of anxiety) can leave us feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and exhausted.

Teenagers and young adults already have a lot on their minds, with the pressures of keeping up grades, navigating their future, and keeping their social life intact. Anxiety can make life even more difficult.

They need to discover that anxiety doesn’t have to own or define them and that they can move beyond the spiral of anxiety. If you know a teenager or young adult looking for help to manage their anxiety, and you’re discouraged by dismissive answers like, “you should just pray more and worry less,” this book is for them.

In Beyond the Spiral, Will Hutcherson and Dr. Chinwé Williams (authors of Seen: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teenagers Through the Power of Connection) help teens and young adults discover six lies that can keep them spiraling in anxiety:

  • I am not safe.
  • I should just ignore it.
  • It’s all in my head.
  • I have no control.
  • I’m going to miss out.
  • I can do it alone.

Then they help readers discover the truths to replace those lies, along with practical strategies to break free from the cycle. Not only will they learn coping skills as if on the couch of a licensed therapist, they’ll also discover how to apply those skills from a faith perspective.

Beyond the Spiral seamlessly combines both faith and psychology to give a teen or young adult everything they need to stop believing the lies of anxiety and to thrive instead of just surviving life.

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Will Hutcherson has been working with teens for over 15 years as a next gen/youth pastor and speaker. He trains and develops ministry leaders as well as coaches other pastors around the country. In addition to speaking to thousands of teenagers in public schools across the country, he speaks at events like Orange Conference, Orange Tour, and Florida Business Professionals of America Student Leadership Conference. The founder of Curate Hope, Will is passionate about finding practical ways to bring hope to kids and teens who are facing increasing amounts of anxiety, depression, and despair. Will lives in Florida with his wife, Arianne, and their three kids.

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Chinwé Williams is a board-certified counselor (NCC), certified professional counselors supervisor (CPCS), and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She has worked in the area of counseling for over 15 years and counselor education and training for 10 years. Dr. Williams is a speaker, a published journal author, and has taught at several universities. She has served as a college and high school counselor, group facilitator, and executive coach, and currently works as a therapist and consultant in education, non-profit, faith-based, and corporate work settings. She has a growing private practice in Roswell, Georgia, serving adolescents, young adults, individuals, and families.

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