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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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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!

It’s “No Complaint Friday”…How Are You Doing?


 

Catholic Speaker, Author and Evangelist Gary Zimak announces "No Complaint Friday".

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad. (Psalm 118:24)

Earlier this week on my blog and radio show, I announced my 24 Hour Lenten Challenge, also known as “No Complaint Friday”. You can read the details HERE, but essentially the point is to spend an entire day without complaining about anything. And what better day of the week to choose than Friday, the day that Jesus suffered and died on the Cross in order to make it possible for us to go to Heaven? So, how’s it going? It’s difficult isn’t it? Believe me, I’m struggling with it too. On the other hand, doesn’t it give you a sense of accomplishment and peace? Here’s something to think about. If we can learn to thank God for the trials and suffering in our lives, can you imagine how peaceful we will be and what a great witness we will provide for others?

Keep up the good work and let’s pray for one another as we try (remember that it’s okay to fail, as long as we try) to finish the rest of the day without complaining about anything. And if you can do it for one day, you can probably do it for two, or three. You never know, my friends, we just might be trying this again next week 😉

Give Up Worrying For Lent…It’s Easier Than You Think!


 

Catholic Speaker, author and leading anxiety expert Gary Zimak offers a simple suggestion for how to eliminate worry.

As I travel the country speaking about how to overcome anxiety, one question comes up repeatedly…

“How can I stop worrying?”

For many anxious individuals, a life without worry seems like an impossibility. The good news is that eliminating worrying is not only possible, but it is a very achievable goal. And that statement is coming from someone who has been a severe worrier for most of his life. In fact, not only have I suffered from anxiety from when I was a child, but I have been to the emergency room several times suffering from severe panic attacks. Therefore, if I can overcome worry so can you!

Here’s what you need to remember. Worrying is a choice. Unlike fear, it is not an emotion. We can’t control fear, but we can control worrying. Every time that we begin to worry about something, it involves a conscious (although for some of us it can become subconscious) decision on our part. Therefore, instead of choosing to worry (when we’re afraid), we can choose to pray, or read the Bible, or go to Mass, or spend time with Jesus in adoration. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Whenever I’m tempted to start worrying, I can just as easily turn to the Lord instead. It also makes sense from a practical point of view. Worrying accomplishes nothing, but prayer always produces results.

Lent is the perfect time to try putting this into practice. And yes, I did say “try”. For many of us, worrying has become a habit. As a result, it will take some work to eliminate it from our lives and we will probably fail more than we succeed. But don’t give up. With God’s help, it is a winnable battle. Why not try it with the next problem that you encounter? Just one time. Try it and see how you feel. If you succeed then you can try it for the next problem, and the next. Before you know it, you’ll be giving up worrying for Lent. And, by the way, if you’re tempted to feel that it’s impossible to give up worrying, remember the words of the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Mother:

“…for nothing will be impossible for God.” (Luke 1:37)

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!

Thy Will Be Done – The ULTIMATE New Year’s Resolution!


 

“The perfect prayer is not one in which we tell God what we wish from Him, but rather one in which we ask God what He wishes from us.” (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

It’s that time of the year again. Time to think about making some positive changes in our life. When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, however, we usually tend to overlook spiritual changes. Sure, it’s a great idea to give up smoking or to go on a diet, but is it THE most important thing we can do? I don’t think so. In my opinion, the ultimate New Year’s resolution is to put into practice one of the key petitions of the Lord’s prayer:

Thy Will Be Done!

While it sounds simple in theory, it’s very difficult to put into practice. Why? Mainly because it’s not easy to look past our own desires and offer ourselves completely to the Lord. If we can manage to make this resolution, however, it’s the greatest act of love that we can possibly offer. Joseph did it, Mary did it. Even Jesus did it when (on the night before His death) He prayed:

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)

Think about it. Instead of always asking for what you want, try asking the Lord what you can do for Him in the upcoming year. Can you imagine what He could do in your life if you made this a priority in 2014?