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Staci Gulino on “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the latest endorsement for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Staci Gulino!

Staci Gulino endorses From Fear To Faith, the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak

“Though scripture teaches us to avoid fear and be at peace, we are surrounded with a world that brings fear and anxiety, causing tremendous mental (and physical) suffering. Some attempt to “white knuckle” through it on their own. Others dabble, or go headstrong into New Age modalities to obtain relief, but ultimately find more suffering and complexity of the problem. Many seek out secular mental health treatment where anxiety and fear are viewed as a biological/genetic and psychosocial problem, and are treated with multiple medications and/or various types of psychotherapies very likely devoid of the Christian spiritual component so necessary to authentic healing. Seeking remedy itself can be very anxiety and fear provoking! What are we to do?

In conversational style, Gary masterfully weaves his personal experience with significant anxiety/fear with the gifts of the Catholic Church to forge a path to healing in From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace, showing us how to “…let Jesus do most of the work.” Whether you are an anxiety/fear sufferer, or a health care provider, or a priest/religious seeking resources, this book is for you! From Fear to Faith is definitely my newest go-to aid to bolster my professional practice, and to help those in need!”

Staci Gulino, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
On-Air Host, Faith & Good Counsel/Wake Up Louisiana (Catholic Community Radio)

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Teresa Tomeo On “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the latest endorsement for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Teresa Tomeo!

Teresa Tomeo endorses From Fear To Faith: A Worrier's Guide To Discovering Peace, the latest book by Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak

“Scripture tells us that ‘fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’ But what kind of fear and how much fear is too much when it comes to our relationship with God and our efforts to live our lives as Catholic Christians? Drawing from his own personal struggles Gary Zimak combines experience with the expertise of solid Church teaching and God’s Word to address these important questions and more in this book. Given the many challenges facing believers today, this book is a must have for any one serious about becoming the person the Lord wants them to be.”

Teresa Tomeo
Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author
Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host
www.teresatomeo.com

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Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers On “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the latest endorsement for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers!

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers recommends From Fear To Faith, the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak

“From Fear to Faith is an insightful and challenging look at how fear keeps us “running in place” in our faith, afraid to take that next step toward greatness. The reader will discover how worry and fear keeps us as lukewarm Catholics and not spirit-filled proclaimers of the Gospel. With vivid clarity, honesty and thoughtfulness, Gary Zimak draws from Sacred Scripture, practical wisdom, endearing personal stories, and timeless devotions to show how unwavering trust in the power of God’s love casts out all fear, heals wounds of sin and division, and opens our hearts to God’s will in our lives. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to take their faith to the next level—who is “stuck” in the abyss of fear and yearns to ascend toward the summit of enduring peace.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers,
EWTN series host, author, and director of Dynamicdeacon.com

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Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle on “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the latest endorsement for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle!

Catholic Author And Speaker Gary Zimak With Fellow Author And Speaker Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle.

“You’ll laugh, you’ll experience relief, and your faith will become fortified. From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace is a very unique book guaranteed to put you at ease. Through a heartfelt conversational approach, Gary Zimak underscores the necessity in encountering Jesus to fully experience the joy of the gospel. Zimak offers solid no-nonsense proof of why worrying is detrimental to the health of body and soul and provides a doable step by step plan to overcome worry and fear. Clever practical reminders and reflection points complete each chapter. Great for laity, priests, religious, and ministries—highly recommended.”

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle,
EWTN TV Host, speaker, and author of numerous books including: The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions and Catholic Mom’s Cafe’: 5-Minute Retreats for Every Day of the Year www.donnacooperoboyle.com

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Kevin Lowry On “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s another endorsement for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Kevin Lowry!

Catholic author Kevin Lowry recommends From Fear To Faith, the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak.

“Gary Zimak has created a masterpiece. This book is a sincere, energetic, and practical source of encouragement to all of us who have ever struggled with self-doubt or fear. It’s an indispensable resource for the journey of our lives. Read it and allow yourself to be transformed. The peace of the Lord awaits!”

Kevin Lowry
Chief Operating Officer, The Coming Home Network International and author of Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck

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Father Donald Calloway on “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the first of several endorsements for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. I’m grateful to Fr. Calloway for his recommendation!

Father Donald Calloway endorses From Fear To Faith, the new book from Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak

“One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is when Jesus tells his apostles the following: “In the world you have troubles; but be of good cheer, I have conquered the world” (Jn. 16:33). There is no doubt, as Jesus affirms, that we live in a troubled world that could give us much to worry about. Yet, our faith in the promises of Christ gives us the ability to overcome our fears and anxieties. In From Fear to Faith Gary Zimak gives both practical advice and biblical examples for helping us to have total confidence and trust in the goodness of our loving God. I highly recommend this book to all!”

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, STL
Author – Marian Gems: Daily Wisdom on Our Lady

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Are You Tired Of Living In Fear? Help Is On The Way!


 

Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak announces his latest book, From Fear To Faith: A Worrier's Guide To Discovering Peace

Are you tired of living in fear? Are you looking for a step-by-step approach to experiencing peace in your daily life? My latest book, From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace will be available in August of 2014. Pre-ordering will begin soon.

Stay tuned for more information!

Want To Move From Fear To Faith? Join Me On Catholic Answers Live!


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak will be appearing on Catholic Answers Live on March 14 to discuss how to overcome anxiety.

Need some help making the journey from fear to faith? No problem! Tune in to Catholic Answers Live on Friday, March 14 at 6 PM Eastern. I’ll be on for the full hour discussing my new book “From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace” (coming in August) and taking listener calls. If your local Catholic radio station doesn’t carry the show, you can listen live HERE.

A Little Faith Goes A Long Way!


 

How important is faith? According to Jesus, it’s VERY important:

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive it if you have faith.” (Matthew 18:22)

“Daughter, your faith has made you well.” (Mark 5:34)

“Rise and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:19)

We often become uncomfortable when we read Jesus’ words, fearing that the reason our prayers aren’t answered is due to a lack of faith. This can result in anxiety because we don’t know how to increase our faith. In fact, doesn’t the Church teach that faith is a gift? If that’s the case, is there ANYTHING that we can do to increase it? Interestingly enough, the apostles had the same concern and took it up with Jesus:

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5)

As per usual, Jesus’ answer is a bit surprising:

The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6)

If we read between the lines, the Lord appears to be telling the apostles that they are not making use of the faith that they already have. This message applies to each one of us. While praying for an increase in faith is certainly a recommended practice, are we making use of what we’ve already been given? A good example of putting faith into practice can be found by looking at an event that occurred as Jesus and His disciples experienced a storm while riding in a boat. While this is hardly a story that ever gets used to illustrate what strong faith looks like, dissecting it can yield some surprising conclusions.

He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Matthew 8: 23-27)

For years, I would look at this story and criticize the disciples, wondering how they could be worried when Jesus was in the boat with them. Recently, however, I’ve come to realize that they handled this situation a lot better than I’ve handled similar events in my life. Instead of just worrying when they realized their lives were in danger, they went to Jesus and asked Him to save them. That was smart! How many times do we begin worrying about our problems and forget to pray? The fruit of their prayer was that Jesus calmed the storm. He didn’t say, “Sorry, you didn’t trust me. You’re on your own!” Notice also that Jesus never said they had no faith, saying instead that they possessed “little” faith. Obviously, they had some degree of faith in Christ because they went to Him for help. They believed that He could fix the problem. While their faith may have been weak, they had SOME faith and that was enough!

While it’s encouraging to realize that we can indeed “move mountains” with faith the size of a mustard seed, imagine what we could do if our faith was even greater! So what can we do? How is it possible to increase our faith? In his apostolic letter Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI addressed this very question:

Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy. It makes us fruitful, because it expands our hearts in hope and enables us to bear life-giving witness: indeed, it opens the hearts and minds of those who listen to respond to the Lord’s invitation to adhere to his word and become his disciples. Believers, so Saint Augustine tells us, “strengthen themselves by believing”.

One of the best ways for our faith to grow is by putting the faith we already have into practice. The more we trust in the Lord and His providence, the more He will increase our faith. This often means stepping into action, even if we’re afraid. It means praying for a miracle healing or a new job, even when the odds are against you. The very act of praying implies that you do have faith and that you’re trusting in God. You may not trust a lot, but you trust enough to ask for His help. Don’t let the fact that you’re afraid cause you distress. Being afraid isn’t as important as what you do with that fear. The disciples were afraid during the storm, but that fear led them to go to Jesus. They exercised what little faith they had and the Lord came to their assistance. Good things happen when we step out in faith. The greatest example of this can be seen when we look at the life of our Blessed Mother. Her “yes” (even though she didn’t know most of the details) resulted in the arrival of our Savior!

By all means we should continue to ask the Lord to increase our faith, but we must never forget to make use of the faith we already have by praying frequently and with confidence. By doing so, an outpouring of graces and blessings will be unleashed…even if our faith is as small as a mustard seed!

“Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, and a queasy feeling in the stomach.” (Mother Angelica)

Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Saying “Yes”!


 

“If you want to do something for the Lord, do it! Whatever you feel needs to be done, even though you’re shaking in your boots and you’re scared to death – take the first step. The grace comes with that first step, and you get the grace as you step. Being afraid is not a problem. It’s doing nothing when you’re afraid, that’s the problem.” (Mother Angelica)

It’s okay to be afraid.

Are you kidding me? The author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and a frequent speaker on conquering anxiety is saying that there’s nothing wrong with being afraid…what’s going on here? Well, friends, I really did mean what I said. As I often state in my parish talks, fear is a perfectly normal emotion in certain circumstances. It can even be helpful, especially when it motivates us to DO something. On the other hand, fear becomes a problem when it leads to worry or causes us to NOT do something that we should do.

God often asks us to do things that frighten us…

Share our Faith with others, some of whom may react in a hostile manner.

Apologize to someone we have offended.

Trust in His providence by accepting a lesser paying, but more rewarding job.

Offer up our illness or suffering.

Two years ago, after dismissing the idea numerous times as being “impossible”, my wife and I felt that we were being called to homeschool our children. Although we were afraid and skeptical, we trusted (barely) that the Lord would be there for us. We said, “yes”. A few months later, I was laid off from my day job, and we decided that I should finally try to earn a living as a full time Catholic Evangelist. Again, we again said, “yes”. To be totally honest, however, we were scared to death both times. What we’ve discovered in the past two years is that if you say “yes” to the Lord (even if you’re terrified), He can do some incredible things in your life. Even better is that, the more you trust, the more He’ll increase your faith.

The Bible contains numerous stories of people who went along with God’s plan for their lives. Moses, Abraham, Jonah (reluctantly!), Samuel, Isaiah, Mary, Sts. Peter and Paul all said “yes” to the Lord without knowing most of the details. As a result, God was able to use them in amazing ways. In the same way, He wants to use us. Best of all, even our fear isn’t enough to thwart His plans. The only thing that will stop it from happening is when we answer with one word…

“No”!