Is your worry wheel spinning out of control?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children. With constant access to technology, news cycles, and social media—and with heightened pressures to perform in all areas of life—kids’ brains are simply overwhelmed with worries and fears, and they don’t know how to slow down and rest.
Katy Boatman, who has worked with tween girls in ministry for 15 years, tackles this phenomenon head-on in You Can Rest, a 100-day devotional that takes an empathetic and honest approach to the topic of anxiety in the day-to-day. Structured with a Scripture to open, a devotional to ponder, a prayer to close, and a weekly journaling prompt, the book guides readers to reflect on everyday concerns from a biblical and hopeful perspective. You Can Rest addresses relevant topics such as:
· Anxiety about the future
· Making (and keeping) friends
· Getting sick
· Believing God
· Resolving conflict
· Being misunderstood
· Feeling isolated
· Even falling asleep!
Katy is a friendly and comforting voice. She's the mentor on the page, the one who has gone before the reader, wrestled with all of these issues too, and—despite still worrying plenty herself—can testify to the faithfulness of Jesus. She reminds the reader because of Jesus, we can rest, no matter what is going on in our lives. Packed with grace and truth and sprinkled with humor and delight, You Can Rest shows tween girls that their anxieties do not have the final say. Jesus does.
Katy Boatman lives in Nashville, TN with her mini goldendoodle. She’s a writer and content manager for IF:Gathering, but her favorite role is being an aunt to Shelby, Blake, and Ellie. Katy has spent fifteen years mentoring girls through student ministry, and she is passionate about helping them understand who God is and reminding them they are not alone. If she’s not writing or walking her dog, you can typically find Katy eating Mexican food with her friends! You can connect with Katy on Instagram: @katyboat.