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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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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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Mike Aquilina 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, Mike Aquilina!

Catholic author Mike Aquilina endorses the latest book from Gary Zimak, From Fear To Faith: A Worrier's Guide To Discovering Peace

“Jesus said that fear is useless and what is needed is trust. Yet how do we move from ordinary life in our age of anxiety to that trusting life of faith? Gary Zimak shows the way in steps even I can follow. You’ll come to treasure this book, but don’t just keep it to yourself. Buy copies for your friends and family members who need it.”

Mike Aquilina
EWTN Television Host and author or editor of more than forty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion.

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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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Three Ways To Overcome Anxiety In Your Life!


 

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Catholic Speaker And Author Gary Zimak offers three ways to overcome anxiety today!

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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.

Here’s One Of The Reasons I’m Grateful For My Struggle With Anxiety


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak addressing the St. Maria Goretti Altar Rosary Society at the annual Ladies Candlelight Dinner in Carmel, Indiana

Here’s a nice article about yours truly written by Kevin Cullen for The Catholic Moment, the newspaper of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Kevin was in attendance on the night that I spoke at the annual Saint Maria Goretti Ladies Candlelight Dinner and he did a great job covering the highlights of my talk. I have already heard from someone who wasn’t at the talk, but was comforted by the message in the article.

I am extremely grateful to be able to travel around the country sharing the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. I’m also grateful for my lifelong struggle with anxiety because it has brought me closer to Jesus and allows me to relate to and help my fellow “worriers”. While I was employed as a computer programmer, I never thought I would be working for the Lord on a full time basis. Now that I’m doing it, however, I can’t picture myself doing anything else!

How To Stop Worrying About Your Children


 

Catholic author Gary Zimak offers advice on how to stop worrying about our children

If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance that you spend a great deal of time worrying about your children. After all, isn’t that what parents are supposed to do? Although you might feel like it’s impossible to stop worrying, it really is quite possible. I know, I know…it’s very difficult. As a father of two teenage girls, I can relate. As someone who’s been a chronic worrier for most of his life, I can relate. As someone who makes a living speaking about overcoming anxiety, however, I can assure you that you can do it. With God, ALL things are possible!

Let’s look at some steps you can take to stop worrying about your children:

Take Action – This one is so simple that it often gets overlooked. If there is something that you can do to help or protect your children, do it! A trip to the doctor, a visit with the teacher or a discussion with bully’s parent can often be enough to correct the problem and eliminate a great deal of stress.

Let Go – Whether we like it or not, some things in life are beyond our control. This is a source of incredible frustration for those of us who tend to be anxious. Whether we’re talking about our children or other issues, we need to do what we can and then let God do the rest. Let’s face it, God loves our children even more than we do and He knows what’s best for them. Letting go and letting God do His job can bring us great peace!

Take One Day At A Time – In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus clearly instructs us to “not worry about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:34). Although it’s not an easy habit to break, we should take His words seriously and try to focus on today. While we may struggle at first, it gets easier. Trust me! If you find yourself worrying about what may happen in your child’s life tomorrow (or the day after that), say a quick prayer and try to focus on today’s issues. You can then deal with tomorrow’s issues tomorrow (if and when they become today’s issues).

Pray – As parents, we should be praying for our children every day. We often overlook the power of prayer, instead focusing on doing “more important” things. That is a big mistake. Jesus prayed often and, in fact, it was the last thing that He did before being taken into captivity. Prayer is always effective (Matthew 7:7-11), worrying is never effective!

Accept The Church’s Gifts – As Catholics, we are blessed to have the Sacraments, sacramentals, devotions and the Bible to help us gain grace and grow closer to the Lord. The closer we get to the Lord, the more peace we will feel. This peace can allow us to relax, even in the midst of the most serious problems.

Stop Trying So Hard – Sometimes we spend so much time trying to stop worrying that we become even more anxious. We worry about our children because we love them and want to protect them. As a result, it’s difficult not to worry about them…unless we have help. Instead of focusing all of your energy on “not worrying”, concentrate on Jesus. Prayer, reading the Bible and spending time with Him in the Sacraments or adoration can have an amazing effect. Before you know it, you’re worrying will decrease or disappear.

While it is easy for parents to fall into the worrying habit, it can be overcome. With a little work and lots of help from the Lord it is entirely possible. When it comes to your children, St. Padre Pio has some great advice:

“Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry!”

I Finally Stopped Worrying. Here’s How I Did It…


 

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak explains how he stopped worrying

I got to thinking the other day and I came to a surprising realization…

I don’t worry anymore!

If you have heard me speak or read my books, you’ll understand why this is a monumental occurrence. It is a well known fact that I have been a severe worrier for most of my life. While I credit my anxiety with drawing me closer to the Lord, the act of worrying was having the opposite effect. The more I would worry, the less I would trust God. Now, despite two years of full time work as a Catholic Evangelist (with no guaranteed salary and literally living month to month), I have found myself in a position that I never thought possible. I don’t worry anymore!

So, what changed? How was I able to finally break free from worrying? The answer will probably surprise you, as it did me. For many years, I tried to stop worrying. I made up my mind many times over the years that I was going to “Let Go, Let God”, “Be Not Afraid” and “Let Not My Heart Be Troubled”. And I failed, and failed again and failed many times after that. It wasn’t until some time not that long ago that I realized that I was trying too hard. I know that it sounds crazy, but the reason that I couldn’t stop worrying is that I was trying too hard not to worry!

Before you think that Gary has officially lost his mind, let me finish the thought. I was trying to stop worrying by using the “mind over matter”, “positive thinking” approach and that’s why I failed. Even though I supplemented this method with a healthy dose of prayer, Bible reading and the Sacraments I couldn’t stop worrying. Then one day the answer dawned on me. I was trying so hard that I wasn’t letting Jesus help me. As is the case with most people who like control, I was so determined to fix the problem on my own that I wouldn’t let anyone, including the Lord, help me. Once I stopped trying so hard and let Jesus do the “heavy lifting”, my worrying decreased dramatically. Don’t get me wrong, I still experience fear and concern. These feelings are normal and can even be helpful, as they sometimes let you know that it’s time to take action. Worrying, on the other hand, is a useless and unproductive response to fear. While there are several correct ways to respond to fear, your overall objective should be to draw near to Jesus. He is the ultimate answer to any problem or difficulty that arises in your life.

If you feel that you’re too weak to give up worrying, you’re probably right. I’m in the same category. The good news is that the Lord knows that we’re weak and that we can’t just force ourselves to stop worrying. Instead, He wants us to stop trying to do it on our own and let Him help us. Take it from me, my friends, the easiest way for you to break free from anxiety is by focusing less on giving up worrying and more on Jesus. Doing this has made a huge difference in my life and has finally allowed me to stop worrying.

So where do you start? You start by speaking with Jesus daily and asking Him to take control of your life. Make it a point to read the Bible each day, even for a few minutes. The daily Mass readings are perfect for this. Additionally, receive the sacraments of Holy Communion as often as possible. Finally, turn to the Blessed Mother and ask her to assist you. As you grow closer to the Lord, your worrying will begin to decrease. If you need more assistance, I’m excited to announce that my next book, From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace (coming in August 2014 from Liguori Publications) will offer a step by step method for overcoming worry in your life. It’s a book designed for those of us who are weak and can’t do it on our own. Be sure to sign up for my monthly e-newsletter (in the sidebar to the right) for more details, including how to pre-order the book. I’ve also developed a new talk, “How To Stop Worrying TODAY” that I’ll be presenting in parishes around the county. Contact me to find out how to invite me to speak at your parish.

Don’t lose hope, my friends. I finally stopped worrying and you can too. Jesus is the answer and He is waiting to help you!