Anxious for Nothing: Young Readers Edition (Book Review)

I received a complimentary copy of the book. The review provided is my honest opinion.
  • Author: Max Lucado with Andrea Lucado
  • Publisher: Tommy Nelson
  • On-Sale Now!
  • Synopsis: Lucado explores the causes of—and the biblical solution for— anxiety. Originally an adult devotional, the book has recently been adapted to a younger (middle grade) audience.

I have had the pleasure of reading several of Lucado’s books, over the years. In addition to the delightful Punchinello books, I’ve also read at least one of his adult books. When I saw the opportunity to review this book with JustReads, I was excited to receive a copy!

Anxious for Nothing: Young Readers Edition is an extremely encouraging, practical tool for children (and even adults) dealing with anxiety. This is definitely a book I could see myself rereading.

Punctuated with illustrations and relatable scenarios, the devotional emphasizes the importance of looking to Jesus first— not our fears!


The book consists of eleven chapters distributed between four sections. Because of the chapter format, the book can be enjoyed at the reader’s own pace.

  • Chapters include visual representations outlining key concepts, as well as some diagrams to personalize
  • Pull quotes emphasizes important ideas
  • Short fictional scenarios establish real-life connections
  • Brain and Heart Checks at the end of each chapter invite personal prayer and reflection

Personal Reflection

This devotional was such a blessing! Lucado uses some very familiar verses (Phil. 4:4-8) as the cornerstone of the CALM acronym. Through these verses, the Lucados really draw out the importance of focusing on good things, which happens through rejoicing, being grateful and thinking about what is good.

I think that this passage is usually studied in two separate chunks: verses 4-6 about being grateful when we make requests in prayer and verse 8, which is about what sort of things to meditate on. In the process, we are also skipping over verse 7, which is the promise of God’s peace!

For me, this book really built on what the Lord had been teaching me about gratitude, as He had been encouraging me to take time in my day to list what I’m thankful for.

This book is also such a powerful reminder to look to Jesus, not our fears!

Timely Treasure

In our fast-paced world, this is such a valuable resource, especially for kids. While anxiety has been around much longer than technology, technology certainly increases it. And kids are growing up in a time when smart phones have always been here.

I highly recommend this title for children and adults! (I haven’t read the actual adult version of the devotional, but I have to admit I really enjoy the child-friendly content and graphics.) This is one I would gladly revisit.

Published by Stephaniesninthsuitcase

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

3 thoughts on “Anxious for Nothing: Young Readers Edition (Book Review)

  1. Love this! I have children of my own and work with children and families. Thanks so much for the review and recommendation! (Sometimes the children’s version is better than the adult version for all audience’s) 😊 God bless, Stephanie!

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