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Do you constantly sense an impending danger? Does your heartbeat go haywire from time to time? Do you find yourself sweating uncontrollably, even during winter? These are tell-tale signs you might be having an anxiety disorder, which could lead to constant panic attacks. If you’ve experienced the above symptoms or anything of sorts, then Brian Ludwig wrote Panic Attacks Calming the Storm to help you.
Brian had his first experience of a panic attack in May 1992. This development opened a new chapter in his life and work. Brian, who was a workaholic before the attack, had to start taking time off work. After the confirmation that he had become a victim of panic attacks, he decided to seek all the help he could. Meanwhile, as of 1992, there was no definitive treatment for his ailment. He had to go through a learning process of both finding a cure and discovering a part of him that he never knew existed. In this book, Brian shared the things he learned to help other people suffering from panic attacks.
The first thing I want to say about this book is that it isn’t a medical journal. If you are expecting a book that is written from years of medical research into panic attacks, you’ll be a tad disappointed. This book is a compendium of the author’s experiences and journey (as he calls it) of freeing himself from the debilitation of panic attacks. That notwithstanding, the book is a well-written resource that will help anyone going through the same or similar predicaments the author went through. Here’s a disclaimer from the book for anyone who wants to read this book:
First and foremost, you must understand that I am not a licensed physician. Anything that you find in this book that opposes what licensed physicians have told you, their direction and instructions, should always supersede anything that I encourage you to do.
What endeared me most to this book was the author’s writing style. He opted for a relaxed and conversational tone in his narrative. There was never a point where he used any technical term. I thoroughly had a lot of fun reading this book. The author’s wit, sense of humour, and storytelling skills were in full play. The chapter titles were so captivating that I couldn’t wait to see what the next title would look like. I felt a kindred spirit all through the reading because of my experience with copywriting. He had a way with words that would make the reader stay glued to the book until the last page.
Additionally, he was descriptive and thorough in explaining the steps outlined in this book. This wasn’t surprising as he had a wealth of experience to bring to the table. The author’s writing style would help the ideal reader (people experiencing anxiety disorders) to enjoy this book — the last thing they’d need is a panic attack while reading the book.
It’s worth mentioning that the second part of the author’s journey was a spiritual one — with a focus on the importance of giving your life to Jesus Christ as a way of dealing with panic attacks. A good portion of this book was used to share his experience as a Christian believer. The author was careful to make this book beneficial to all categories of readers. However, anyone who needs help dealing with panic attacks would find this book helpful.
It was well-written and professionally edited. Therefore, I rate it four out of four stars.
– THE REVIEWER
Brian, you have written a wonderful book—it has an important message that is well communicated, with clear steps on how to use your ideas. You’ve done a particularly good job of providing direct support from Scripture for your techniques and ideas—there are a huge number of passages that speak directly to the subject at hand, lending great weight to what you are saying. I also think that when a passage from Scripture does not directly address the ideas presented, you’ve done an excellent job of connecting the dots for the reader.
– Jefferson, Primary Editor, First Editing
This was a really interesting read and I am grateful for being chosen for this project. I have to say that I actually learned a lot from reading this book, and I have been thinking about some of your tips recently! You wrote in a straightforward and informal manner, which will help the reader connect with you. I felt that you used real-life examples and spoke in a way that was not overly academic in nature. This made the information easier to understand and apply to the reader’s daily life, step by step.
– Max, Assistant Editor FirstEditing
This book is very practical and easy to read! I learned step by step methods for overcoming panic and anxiety issues! The author describes his personal journey in down to earth, relatable fashion with great humor and candor. I found it very encouraging to hear directly from someone who has wrestled with and overcome severe symptoms, as opposed to hearing from a PhD who only studied those who have but has no first-hand knowledge. – EH
“I have suffered with mild to severe anxiety most of my life. After reading this book, I have learned new ways to quiet my mind and guide my thoughts into new patterns of thinking. We so quickly give up on trusting God, this book explains how to use His power to obtain freedom.”. – JK, a retired teacher, mother and worrier
Fantastic book-easy to read and I felt like the writer completely understood how panic attacks and anxiety feel and how to overcome them. I’ve suffered from anxiety before I knew that was it and it can be debilitating. I started implementing the strategies while reading the book and already feel somewhat better. Highly recommend. – DP
I personally haven’t dealt with anxiety or panic attacks, but this book is very helpful to help me understand people who are dealing with these things. The second part of this book, the spiritual experience of the author is truly challenging and inspiring! If you want to know the heart of God for your life, recognize the attacks of the enemy and move into a victorious life, then this book will help you! – AR
“I have no doubt that this book will change lives and light a path for people who are seeking our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brian’s experiences and testimonies in this book will serve as a ministry to the lost.” – KR
I personally know this author, Brian Ludwig, and am very grateful to have benefited greatly from his spiritual insight. After wrestling with extreme panic and anxiety attacks for 10 years he discovered the keys to complete freedom which he shares so honestly in his book, Panic Attacks, Calming the Storm. His heart is to help anyone who deals with panic and anxiety (and depression too). The 2nd half of his book contains amazing stories of how he has been used to powerfully impact people’s lives. Those stories alone are worth the read!! I love that all the proceeds go to help missions and ministries! – FB
I was given the book because I struggle with poor self-image, anxiety, and depression. The way the information was presented was the first time I could really grasp why our thoughts are so important. The second half of the book really tied it all together. It was very easy to read and follow. – JD
This book is a must read for anyone seeking help with panic attacks or any anxiety related issues. Truly it is a testimony to God’s immense love and displays how one man’s journey through affliction is overcome. I have seen already how it’s helped myself and others around me. – KR
Have read this book. Insight from it means more to me than you can know. Am still healing and working on my religious outlook. Am re-reading book and am making some progress. Have an amazing story to tell you that happened yesterday while fighting off a panic attack. Have been through some tough days but yesterday had a major change in my mindset. – From: real life fight
This book is amazing for anyone who is struggling with anxiety. It has so many important lessons in it. God truly works through us all the time especially when we are going through hard times. I highly recommend this book. – SR
What an eye-opening revelation of a book. I thoroughly enjoyed this powerful one of a kind true story. The author reveals openly his personal journey from anxiety to overcoming. I highly recommend this book of healing to anyone who may struggle in their own life or perhaps you know someone who struggles. This book encourages the reader that there is hope. Great read. – AN
By reading this book it allowed me to put words to what I was experiencing physically. At first, I thought it was a panic attack but learned from the book it was an anxiety attack, the stressor was fear of being alone. The book taught me to gain control of my thought patterns, my mindset. GREAT BOOK!! – EH
The book is so helpful for anyone who has anxiety. It has so many important lessons in it. This book reveals how one can get closer to God and build a relationship with him. I highly recommend this book. – SR
Author was very transparent with his experiences with anxiety and/or panic attics. The second part of book was very enlightening and educational in regard to the spiritual world that is around us. It stretched my faith and encouraged me in many ways!!! – VERY COMPELLING
Insight from reading this book means more to me than you can know. Realistic help for the panic/anxiety attack victim from one who has been there and survived. Has set me on my healing path to peace. A must have for family supporters, too! – MM
By far one of the best books I‘ve read, and I’ve read a lot!
Highly recommend “Calming the Storm” that has been worked on over the past couple years by Brian Ludwig and completed just recently. Very timely for our current season.
The first part goes into Brian’s personal journey of overcoming panic attacks and anxiety and comes alongside you as the reader to coach you through those issues, to achieve not just some relief but total freedom.
The second part is about living an “on Earth as it is in Heaven” lifestyle by living naturally supernatural in miracles by the power of Holy Spirit as a child of God from what Jesus paid a price for you to have.
If you or someone you know could benefit from this training, I highly recommend grabbing a copy in this season as I have been under a lot of teaching around the world, but this book gave a fresh fire to me!
All profits of the book go to missions! – RD
Private messages received by author:
I have never been moved by a book quite like this one….
This book was an answer to prayer…
Starting to effectively use the techniques found to squelch my anxiety….
You make your techniques easy to grasp…
It was the first book that helped my family understand what I was going through…