In his insightful book, “Non-Anxious Presence,” Mark Sayers takes readers on a transformative journey towards discovering inner peace amidst the chaos of our modern world. With a blend of wisdom, personal anecdotes, and spiritual guidance, Sayers offers a refreshing perspective on how to navigate the anxieties that plague our lives.

The book begins by addressing the pervasive sense of restlessness and anxiety that has become all too familiar in our society. Sayers argues that this constant state of unease stems from our obsession with control, the fear of missing out, and the pressure to conform to societal expectations. He suggests that true peace can only be found by embracing a non-anxious presence, a state of being that allows us to remain calm and centred in the face of uncertainty.

Throughout the book, Sayers draws from various sources, including psychology, philosophy, and theology, to provide a comprehensive understanding of anxiety and its impact on our lives. He skillfully weaves together these diverse perspectives, offering practical advice and spiritual insights that resonate with readers from all walks of life.

One of the book’s strengths lies in Sayers’ ability to balance intellectual depth with relatable storytelling. He shares personal experiences and anecdotes, making the concepts he discusses more accessible and relatable. This approach helps readers connect with the material on a deeper level, allowing for a more profound and lasting impact.

Moreover, Sayers’ writing style is engaging and thought-provoking, encouraging readers to reflect on their own lives and consider how anxiety has influenced their choices and relationships. He challenges conventional wisdom and societal norms, urging readers to break free from the cycle of anxiety and embrace a more authentic and fulfilling existence.

While “Non-Anxious Presence” offers valuable insights and practical advice, it is not a quick-fix solution. Sayers acknowledges that finding peace requires intentional effort and a willingness to confront our fears and insecurities. However, his guidance provides a roadmap for those seeking a more peaceful and purposeful life.

In conclusion, “Non-Anxious Presence” is a compelling and timely book that offers a fresh perspective on finding peace in an anxious world. Mark Sayers’ blend of personal anecdotes, intellectual depth, and spiritual insights creates a thought-provoking journey that challenges readers to re-evaluate their relationship with anxiety. Whether you are seeking personal growth, spiritual guidance, or simply a deeper understanding of the human condition, this book is a valuable resource that will leave a lasting impact.


Clare Milrine, Project Officer – Faith Action