Sometimes peace can be found in the most unexpected places. Neil McLamb’s inspirational book, “Panic to Peace: Living Free from the Grip of Fear,” offers insight into how he found peace when he desperately needed relief.
McLamb, who grew up in Sampson County, had been sharing his story with many people over the last few years and after seeing how God was working in those lives, McLamb decided to put his experience into words and share with as many as he could.
“I have been sharing parts of this story for years, with many people, including some that I have counseled,” McLamb said. ” I have seen God use it to help them in many ways, including giving them hope, which is very important when someone is going through a very difficult time in their life. This story is not Neil-focused, which would be quite boring and unhelpful. Instead, it is about God’s loving intervention in my life.”
Growing up in the Plain View community, McLamb graduated from Midway High School and eventually earned his Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University. For five years, McLamb worked as a Christian counselor in Nash County and now continues to see clients in the evenings after working during the day for a property management company in Dunn.
McLamb said he enjoys spending time writing devotionals on his blog, neilmclamb.com and works with small groups on counseling.
According to McLamb, the book tells the story of him finding freedom from the fear that had taken control over his life.
“It also offers answers to why I wound up suffering from anxiety and panic attacks and how I found the peace I desperately needed,” McLamb added. “The book gives readers a story to connect with, and insight to apply in their own struggles, whether it’s anxiety or something else.”
Through writing this book, McLamb said he hoped to offer comfort, hope and help to so many others through his own personal story.
“Ultimately, this book is about the healing power of God’s grace in the midst of debilitating fear,” McLamb added.
This is McLamb’s first book and as for another book, McLamb said he has a lot more to tell.
“Right now, I do not know for sure that there will be more, but I do know that I have more that I’d like to write about,” he said.
McLamb admits the person he was 20 years ago would never have shared such a personal experience with others, but he has been able to face many fears.
“I have wanted to put this story into writing for a few years now, but kept finding excuses to put it off,” McLamb admitted. “Last February, I was introduced to a group that supports up-and-coming authors. At first, I thought I would ‘think about it’, which meant I would put it off again. However, I saw that the group had a deadline to sign up, and the deadline was that night. I felt God was nudging me to move forward with it, so I did. I did not even have time to think about it really, which I think He planned, knowing my tendency to put it off.”
McLamb and his wife of 19 years, Melissa, still live in the Plain View community. They have a son, Michael, who is a freshman at Campbell University.
For anyone interested in purchasing a book, they are available online at amazon.com and directly through McLamb at neilmclamb.com. Wisteria on Main Street in Dunn also carries copies of the book.
Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SamsponInd. Like us on Facebook.