Thursday, November 16, 2023

Blog Tour: Waging War Against OCD



A Christian Approach to Victory


Nonfiction / Self-Help / Mental Health / Christian

Date Published: September 26, 2023

Publisher: Lucid Books

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If you or someone close to you is a Christian afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Waging War against OCD: A Christian Approach to Victory provides a lifeline. Authored by an OCD sufferer who uses Scripture as a sword in the battle against the disorder, this book provides comfort and hope for those mired in the confusion and hopelessness of OCD. The author demonstrates how the methods for fighting this disorder all originate in Scripture, the ultimate source of all wisdom and power. Sufferers can use these truths as an anchor during their darkest and weakest moments, knowing that God's Word prescribes a path to victory over torturous thought patterns, crippling fears, enslaving rituals, and debilitating guilt.

For OCD sufferers and those that come alongside them, this book provides rare insight into the thoughts of an OCD sufferer, shared in raw and honest detail by the author throughout his entire life story, beginning with his first memories of OCD at age five. For many years, the author asked for wisdom from God, and this book is based on the wisdom he received. It is his deepest hope that the lessons he learned will bring comfort and victory to all Christian OCD sufferers-and to those who know, love, counsel, and shepherd them.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5)



 Sometimes, OCD has been so overwhelming that forming a single logical thought seemed nearly impossible. The only thing that kept me going in those moments was the fact that I knew God was good and that He was faithful to me. I remember when crying out to God seemed impossible because I thought I was so outside God’s will that my prayers would only be a slap in His face. Despite those false beliefs and overwhelming emotions, I focused on remembering what it was like when I could fully enjoy being in His presence. Those reflections gave me the will and strength to believe that I could overcome OCD by God’s grace.

Always remember that God’s love for you is inescapable. “God loves you, and you have no say in the matter.” This truth is a quote from Christian comedian and singer Mark Lowry, who struggled with ADHD as a child and felt like he might never amount to anything. No matter how condemned we feel by OCD, how much we give in to our compulsions, or how much we think we have done to damage ourselves and our relationship with God and others, it is comforting to know we can’t do anything about what God thinks about us. He loves us unconditionally, wants us to feel loved, and wants us to respond to that love.

About the Author

Mike began struggling with OCD as a young child and has spent most of his life battling the disorder. By seeking God's wisdom through his own study of the Scripture and through the careful mentorship of his grandfather, a pastor theologian, Mike has identified many powerful tools for battling OCD that every Christian OCD sufferer should know. Mike uses this Biblical wisdom to evaluate common medical and psychological treatments for OCD, showing that viewing the disorder though the lense of Scripture can multiply the effectiveness of these treatments for those who believe.Mike earned a BS in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Virginia Tech, followed by an MS in finance from George Washington University. Mike and his wife Rashel married in 2007 and moved from Virginia back to her home state of California in 2010 where they currently live with their daughter. Mike's favorite hobbies include sports photography and underwater photography.


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