Here is what many of my readers had to say about my popular book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear”. There are at least 200 positive book reviews on Amazon and Barnes And Noble.
“How To Overcome Fear In A Few Short Steps”
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Stanley Popovich presents his guide to overcoming fear and anxiety in the form of a common sense booklet accessible to all ages. Stan explores three different approaches to managing fear: practicing general counseling techniques, asking for God's help, and using non-resistant methods, which, when combined, can serve as a powerful tool in fear management. In brief, within relatively few pages, A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear packs a powerful punch and is well worth the read.
-- L.C. Henderson
“One Powerful Book That Can Change Your Life!”
Within this book are the answers that so many people so desperately need to hear. There is hope and freedom in the pages of this small life saver, and the power to be set free from the fear that holds so many captive. This is not your typical self help book that spouts out ideas and suggestions on coping with the struggles in one's life. Rather this book offers solid Biblical advice with psychological backing, strategies that are proven true, based on research done with actual professionals and trained counselors and psychologists. Popovich has obviously spent countless hours researching the subject and making certain that the book reflects not only his own experiences but also the experiences of others as well. Don't miss out on this book.
-- Trisha Bleau
“Family, Friends, Self Help”
Clients who suffer from irrational& rational fears require exactly what Stanley has outlined & expounded upon. To focus & take small steps of successful confrontation with yourself. As each step is secured then on to the next to finally know how best to deal with or plan around future incidents. Talking themselves down from the ledge is an appropriate analogy. Stan included components that would be useful to a broad range of persons too rather than applying only one technique or methodology. Non resistant rather than analysis @ the peak of anxiety is very wise to immediately relieve the suffering; later working on more effective strategies. I think the book would even be useful for workshop training purposes. Frankly, some of my CE course work, written by PhD's, hasn't been as comprehensive.
-- Wendy Kile, BSW
“Practical Advice On Managing Fear And Anxiety”
Stanley Popovich's book A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity, and Non-Resistant Methods is a practical book for the person challenged with anxiety and fear. I thought it provided many examples of strategies for coping with what can be very debilitating. The facts that anxiety and fear are very complex and "one size doesn't fit all" when addressing the challenges of anxiety are key. Many times we need to try a number of approaches in order to get results. The focus on using our minds to analyze our fears, practice different approaches, coach ourselves, or view the situation from a different perspective all are excellent suggestions described in the book. As a trained clinical social worker, I would suggest this book as an excellent means of educating oneself about anxiety and fear, and developing a self-help plan for coping.
-- Mollie Conrad
“Timely and Sound”
Fear is a timely subject in today's anxiety-riddled world, and Stanley Popovich does an excellent job in delving into what fear is and its various forms. He then explains in detail three effective and powerful approaches in managing fear: general counseling techniques, reliance upon God, and non-resistant methods, which means accepting one's fear but not dwelling upon it; rather, through visualization and gradual exposure to the source of one's fear, an individual can eventually overcome it. But Mr. Popovich goes one step further--he shows how to employ these three approaches together. I highly recommend this well-written and well-researched book to everyone seeking a down-to-earth, holistic approach to managing his or her fear.
-- Diana Schramer
“An Informative Tool To Help Those Who Suffer”
I'm always in search for resources such as A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear to provide, members of a local depression and bipolar support group, tools to help them manage their symptoms. Fear is one of the main issues that effect members either through uncertainties with stigma, medications, and life and death just to name a few. The author combined helpful tools such as building up to the fear in small steps, positive self-talk, self imagery, and exercise that add to what is already available. Since all these tools are in one place and examples are provided this could greatly increase the likelihood that these would be used by those who suffer, and manage a diagnosis of depression and bipolar. This book wraps everything up into a complete package and is very informative.
“Small But Powerful”
This small guide on overcoming fear makes several salient and powerful points. Popovich offers cognitive strategies- how to think one's way out of fear - in straightforward terms. He brings clarity and simplicity to interventions that often take full books to describe: a mindful approach, a cognitive behavioral intervention, a positive psychology strategy. But my favorite intervention offered by Popovich is the spiritual approach - a technique that is generally overlooked despite its positive effects overwhelmingly validated in the psychological research literature. Reliance upon God has been shown again and again to strengthen psychological coping mechanisms and physical well-being, reducing stress, anxiety, depression and illness. Popovich shows the reader how to connect to God in a meaningful way so that true inner security is established.
-- Sarah Chana Radcliffe
“Good Basic Introduction To Managing Fear”
Stanley Popovich does a decent job of helping the average person understand fear from a psychological and non-resistant methods perspective. As far as Christian books that attempt to bridge the gap between psychology and the church's teaching on how to manage fear, he does a better job than any other text I have personally reviewed. He manages to introduce biblical texts on how God sees fear and anxiety in a way that are non-condemning and are encouraging.
-- S. Thomas
“A Great Start On How To Handle Fear And Anxiety”
First I would like to mention this was a very simple and easy to read book to read. It helps when readers need to hear methods the simple way without psychological terms. Popovich introduces his book by explain what fear is and gives three methods on how to deal with ones fears. I like the fact that he brings in examples in each method which gives the reader an idea on how to implement the methods mentioned. This book is a great start for everyone dealing with fear in one way or the other.
“Reading This Guide Is A First Step Into The Rest Of Your Life”
The author, Stanley Popovich presents three main principles in this layman’s guide to managing fear:
General Counseling Techniques encourages critical thinking and deductive reasoning. In order to make an informed confident choice, facts must be gathered first, and well researched. One must also factor in the ‘what if’scenarios. Then with common sense reasoning determine what is most important. The reader is enlightened by the examples used of ‘John and Mary’s’unpredictable situations.
Non-Resistant Methods of dealing with fear is more of a defensive approach. We all have ‘triggers’ that bring on anxiety and it is important to recognize them, not allowing ourselves to be ruled by them.
Christianity is a religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Belief in faith can provide a powerful foundation for problem solving.
Stanley Popovich provides basic but exceptionally valuable steps in learning how to personally manage negative situations. Along with detailed stories the reader is provided with websites dealing with fear, twelve pertinent suggestions and several Biblical scriptures that provide support. This is book is highly recommended.
-- Cheryl Heinrichs
“Good Starting Place”
I found the simplistic and straight-forward language to be appealing for people who are beginning to take an active role in first understanding their anxieties/fears and needing guidance in a direction to pursue. In working with students who have anxieties- they don't want a long-drawn out self-help book....but rather one that gives a clear step by step process. Popovich's book could provide just the right amount of support a young person would need to start conquering the anxieties/fears (and see success in the small steps) as well as the confidence to seek help from others.
-- Counselor On Amazon
“Perfect Reference For Quick Review”
This book is just what people need to facilitate real world utilization of simple and straight forward techniques. I love to find what I need in a neat concise format, and Stan Popovich delivers just that. Now if you are not a Christian, or happen to be an atheist, like me, you'll find that all of the references and passages and suggestions relating to God and the Bible are functionally optional as an additional tool. Even an atheist or non-Christian with any sense will encourage the use of the religious based text for those who are believers because it cannot hurt to tap into those things that they truly believe in for strength. The techniques in this book are ideal for quick processing. Most authors would have used 270 pages to yield the same results.
-- Manualdemise From Amazon
“A How-To Book About Overcoming Fear”
This book by Stanley Popovich gives three different but coinciding methods of overcoming fear, not just that which paralyzes us, but even the smaller fear that nags at the back of the mind. At the end there are several blank pages for notes and to try these ways to overcome fear. To use this book effectively, one should have a notebook (or the pages from the end of the book) and practice each method for overcoming their fears as it comes up in the book. I would recommend it and the references in it to work on any fears you may have, not just big ones, but even the little ones that can sometimes paralyze you.
-- Patricia Merriam
“A Very Good Guide For The Layman"
I like this book because it does speak to the layman without using clinical words which most people fail to understand and is something that I believe cripples many practitioners of mental health, the grandiose desire to impress with words, rather than help with practical and solid advice. Stanley Popovich takes behaviors that we all engage in and breaks them down to get a clear understanding through the use of illustrations and provides workable steps as a framework to help people overcome their fears.
“A Long Useful Pamphlet”
As a therapist who works with all ages and problems, I like to educate my clients as much as possible and I would use this work to do that. What I did get was a layperson's well thought out and written exposition of what anxiety was about, how it felt and what one could try to do to deal with it. Being a layperson's guide Mr. P was careful to recommend professional help which also endears this work to me. I would also give everyone the caveat that it is up to them whether they read the religious parts or not, but I think the information contained within the kindle book will be valuable either way. For many people being in a therapist's or psychiatrist's office can be anxiety provoking in itself so this well written work can be used to read in their own time.
-- L. Siddiqi
“Great Resource For Managing Fear”
Mr. Stanley Popovich has written an easy-to-understand guide in managing fear. He includes tips such as positive self-talk, prayer, and acceptance as tools to manage fear and anxiety. He states that combining all 3 techniques (psychological, acceptance, and spiritual) impacts the individual greater with an increased ability to reduce anxiety symptoms. This book is a great overview and starting point for non-professionals to use in understanding their own or a loved one’s fear and anxiety symptoms.
-- Samantha Brin
“Easy To Read And Informative”
A Layman's Guide to Fear does a great job summarizing a variety of useful approaches to managing fear in our everyday lives. It offers a summary of approaches that are used in psychotherapy and provides great examples to illustrate the points he is making. The examples he uses are ones that we can all relate to and illustrate common struggles. This is a great book to start to get an understanding on how to work through fear. It is easy to read and informative; I would recommend it to helping professionals and layman.
-- Brittany Edge
“Simple, Practical Techniques With A 'Spiritual Twist'”
The sound and practical advice offered in this book can benefit the 'average' person facing stress, anxiety and worrisome thoughts. The approaches described combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is then broken down into more simplistic and easy to understand and follow techniques of imagery, visualization, positive self-talk, usage of a journal to document positive words or phrases, relaxation techniques of listening to music and the benefits to exercise. As the title states, there is a focus on spirituality or seeking religious guidance of a priest or minister and using the Bible and spiritual verses to reduce stress and anxiety. Should one not be interested in this, they could skip over the section. The case scenarios used within are helpful.
As a clinical social worker, I facilitate support groups and fear of something comes up on a weekly basis. This is a good resource book that someone could keep in their purse or pocket so they could easily get to it as needed. It is written so that the average person can understand it. It stays away all the clinical jargon. I will be recommending this book to some of my clients. The things in this book are some of the same things I tell my clients. Having a book on hand would be a fast way to re-enforce what has been discussed; instead of having to try and recall tips when in a state of fear. The book gives helpful examples of how the guidelines can be applied to a given situation. The book isn't to lengthy for those people who either do not like to read or have a short attention span.
-- Jacqueline Milton
I found Stanley's book to be very useful. It gives some really good ideas about dealing with fear that I had not considered myself. He offers the reader many detailed steps on how to deal with different types of fear. This is a great book for individuals who are trying to work through issues on their own or would like to use with their counselor. I would consider this an excellent resource for anyone struggling with things in their lives that keep them from moving forward. Thanks, Mr. Popovich!
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