21 June 2016

Rachel Hauck Interview -- Overcoming Anxiety

Author Rachel Hauck
Rachel, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 
Thanks for having me.

Would you tell us about the one of the most difficult things in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?   
When I first moved to central Florida after college for my first “career” job, a doctor prescribed hormones to correct an issue I was having. Oh boy… I thought I was going crazy. I was hit with anxiety and panic, fear, and once I quit taking the prescription, I still battled the emotions. I had to travel for my job and getting on a plane was a fight sometimes. I felt claustrophobic and all kinds of not-so-fun emotions. But, I got on the plane anyway. I knew giving in would only strengthen “the enemy.” It was a difficult at times but also a season of drawing near to the Lord, changing, growing, excelling in my faith and in my relationship with Jesus. I KNOW prayer works. I KNOW the Word is living and active.

The good news is His peace and confidence replaced all the negative emotions. 

What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?

Many verses guided me through this times. 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.”
1 John 4:18 - “Perfect love cast out all fear.”
1 Peter 5:6 - “Cast your cares up on Him because He cares for you.”
Phil 4:6-8 “Be anxious for nothing….”
And probably almost ever Psalm. The Bible is RICH with power and words for our deepest fears and emotions. 

What helped you get through or helped you cope with this difficulty?
Prayer. Really. It was a season of prayer and worship, of being in fellowship with people who loved Jesus.

Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print? 
Yes, all of my latest releases are available in audio as well as large print!

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation? 
?? Not sure what this means exactly. ;) 
CFP: See my review on Thursday and also look up top for our definition of bibliotherapy.

Question you’d like to ask readers:
I love to hear from readers! What makes you stick with an author for every book?

RH: Thank you for having me. God bless you all!!

GIVEAWAY: We're giving away a paperback copy, this week, of Rachel Hauck's wonderful novel, "The Wedding Chapel." Answer this question -- what helps you cope when you get fearful?


  1. When I am confronting a fear, nothing helps better than prayer and meditating on God's Word. It's not an instant "fix" but eventually I see my fear as irrational or overcome it. My husband's help is invaluable also! Becky Smith

  2. RACHEL, thank you for being with us on OWG and for sharing your wonderful testimony! My parents battled anxiety, worry, and panic attacks all during my childhood, so I have had to work hard at overcoming this. And it's usually the little nonsensical things that do a number on me, rather than the big things. But I have to get my sword which is the Word of God and also prayer is key. I wish I could say I no longer have to battle this, but it's an ongoing thing for me. God bless you, Rachel, and thank you for the song you posted the other day! It was for me!

    1. Diana, interesting. Do you know what caused it? Those kinds of emotions in parents really shape the family. so glad you're overcoming with the Word and prayer too. It's a stronghold iMHO. But Jesus breaks those strongholds. :) XO Rachel

    2. A cycle of alcohol and abuse, Rachel. My dad's mom dropped him off at an orphanage when he was 2 yrs. old. So sad.

  3. When I am fearful it helps me to count my blessings and also to remember that most of the things that I am fearful of never happen. But when they do, I have been able to survive. I have outlived the death of two brothers, my sister and my mom. All died at different times. My brothers in their 20's and my sister and mom in their early 40's. In December when I was fearful over my husband's health I reached out to others and sought help.

    I love finding an author that I enjoy something about each book of theirs that I read.

  4. I have started using mental pictures. I imagine leaning back on God and his arms are wrapped around me. I get a peace and comfort from this and begin to feel less fearful and more hopeful.

    Rachel, I love ya, girl, and would love a copy of your book. You are so talented and I thank you for sharing that talent with all of us.

    Carrie, Thank you for a great interview!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  5. There are several things that help when I get fearful. I pray, listen to Christian music, and read some scripture promises. Sometimes just reading Christian fiction helps too because it distracts me. I have to remember to just breathe and be in God's presence.


  6. Great interview Carrie. You always ask the perfect questions.

    Rachel, thank you for sharing your testimony. I love the verses you hang onto.

    My mother is fearful and anxious about everything and expects the worse in any situation. It is a wonder--actually it is God!--that I am not the same way. When fear tries to wiggle in and take a hold, I hang onto Scripture verses, many of the same ones you do Rachel. I listen to Christian praise and worship station all day long, saturating myself with His Word through music...and of course, the Bible.


  7. Wonderful having you here on OWG, Rachel!! Thank you so much for sharing your overcoming testimony with everyone.
    Oh yeah, anxiety plays a big part in my life. Unfortunately. Plays havoc with blood pressure, too. I have found myself on my knees for the really big scares and through that PTL, I have been given that peace that passes all understanding. It's more the smaller day to day pressures that I tend to continue trying to get on top of in my own strength. Thank you so much for your timely message Rachel, I'm encouraged to go pray about this anxiety right away instead of ignoring it!
    Bless you!!

  8. I find that talking things out helps immensely.


  9. The only thing that helps me with anxiety is prayer. And deep breaths.
    susanmsj at MSN dot com

  10. Praying, Bible reading & quoting scriptures.

  11. A lot of prayer, Bible study and reminding myself of all the times that God has come through for me in the past. Sometimes it's in looking back that I find the courage to move forward with Him!

    alander87 at allcom dot net

  12. Thank you for your wonderful testimony/interview, Rachel!! As with you, prayer is what helps me conquer my fears - also listening to praise/worship music, and encouragement from godly friends.

    In answer to your question and considering the books of my fave authors - emotion, realistic characters, true-to-life problems, unexpected story twists, and stories of redemption through God are what keep me coming back for their books.

  13. What a great interview Rachel !!! I get anxious so very often it seems and the anxiety sometimes feels overwhelming. I have to sit back and think about all of my blessings, my family and friends, a good job and a home. Very often, I just drop to my knees and ask for help or guidance, that is my saving grace, because yes, PRAYER WORKS !!! Have a blessed day !! Rosemary rfoley at salemstate dot edu

  14. RACHEL what a wonderful testimony. When my husband was diagnose with multiple myeloma cancer in June 2014, I was plagued by fear and a huge amount of anxiety. GOD helped me through it all with scripture and prayer. I would take my Bible with me when he was having his treatments and I would read it while waiting. Every time I would find a "treasure" that would encourage me I would share it with Carlton. With all the encouragement we were receiving I thought for sure he was going to overcome the cancer but those messages from GOD were for me to get me through the dark times that were coming. Carlton passed away on May 7th 2015 and I am so grateful that GOD helped me with overcoming the anxiety before his passing or this past year would have been so much worse. He is a wonderful Father!!

    Thanks again for sharing with us on OWG! :-)

  15. Thanks so much for sharing, Rachel. When I am afraid, I take a deep breath and pray! The Lord has never let me down and I know He won't. I remind myself that every other time I was afraid, the Lord was my strength. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

  16. Prayer, Scripture, talking things through with someone(usually my hubby...so thankful for him and my 2 girls!!!), and reading Christian fiction which helps to distract me. I have to remind myself that life is not a state of perfection, but a state of progression...WITH JESUS! I am so thankful that we have Christ to see us through! I don't know how people make it without Jesus.

    Thanks, Rachel, for sharing your heart and Carrie for this great interview and giveaway!


  17. RACHEL, thank you for sharing your heart! When I struggle in any area, I pray and ask others to cover me in prayer. Often, I speak His Word out loud. I listen to anointed worship music.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    psalm130and138 at gmail dot com

  18. Rachel thank you for sharing about anxiety. I have PTSD and deal with emotions everyday. When I feel a panic attack , I say my favorite scripture "If God is for you, then who can be against you?"

  19. When I get fearful I stop and take a deep breath. I remember that God is in Control and He "has my back".
    Janet E.

  20. Praying in Jesus name takes away the fear! I also remember the many scriptures about fear and how God is with me and helps in those times, when I remember those, His peace will reign in my heart!

    Thanks for the author interview and giveaway!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. When fear strikes me I remember this world is just a stopping place and that our real Home is in Heaven. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Looking to the Lord for His help and strength is what has gotten me through times of uncertainty and anxiety. He always gives me what I need. It doesn't mean that things are necessarily easy, but with Him all things are possible.

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