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I Want to Escape: Reaching for Hope When Life is Too Much
Witt, Rush

I Want to Escape: Reaching for Hope When Life is Too Much

ISBN: 9781645072751
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Book Description:

Rush Witt helps us learn to bravely run to Christ instead of running away when life overwhelms.

Escape holds a powerful allure amid hard times. In every season, a myriad of pressures, challenges, regrets, and disappointments plague our lives. These trials and tribulations often provoke us to cry, "I've got to get outta here!" Even though we have many good reasons for trying to escape, as Christians we have even better reasons to depend courageously on our Savior in the ups and downs of life.

In I Want to Escape, you will learn to recognize the classic signs of escapism: denial, distraction, self-destruction, and thoughts of death and to instead take the path of courageous dependence on Jesus, who remains closer than a brother even when we're ready to run.

  • Practical, accessible, and concise guidance on recognizing the reason why we want to run, written by an experienced biblical counselor.
  • Part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series, walking readers through their deepest and most profound questions.
  • Gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and offers hope-filled direction to experience Jesus's grace and mercy to comfort us and lead us on a better path.
  • Compact format goes deeper than New Growth Press's popular minibooks without overwhelming the reader


Rush Witt, MDiv, DMin, is Lead Pastor of Paramount Church in Bexley, Ohio and a certified biblical counselor. He is the author of Diehard Sins and I Want to Escape. Rush and his wife, Kathryn, have three daughters and two sons.


"Bigger than a minibook, smaller than regular, just the right size to give biblical answers to common counseling questions. This book, along with others in the series, is an affordable, much-needed resource for the church community-strugglers, pastors, counselors, and other helpers."
--Barbara Miller Juliani, VP New Growth Press

"God created human beings to seek and find peace in relationship with him. Sin separated us from him and destroyed that peace. Ever since the fall, mankind has sought after that peace, but we too easily settle for much less. I Want to Escape is a wonderful, concise look at how we seek relief from the trials of life through temporary pleasures and points us to what our hearts were created for: peace with God through communion with him."
--Curtis Solomon, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition; program coordinator for Biblical Counseling, Boyce College

"Sometimes life is just so very hard and it seems there is no relief from the pain, stress, and trouble. If you are here or know someone who is here, this wonderful little book will be a balm to your soul. Rush Witt reminds us of a comforting truth: Jesus is not only our Savior and Lord, he is also the Good Shepherd who is with us in our distress. The one who understands suffering, abandonment, loneliness, and tragedy can meet us in our deepest needs. You don't have to carry your burden alone. These words help you hear and listen to the One who loves you."
--Daniel Darling, Director, Land Center for Cultural Engagement; best-selling author of The Characters of Christmas, The Characters of Easter, and The Dignity Revolution

"Amid the many ways we wrongly escape life's problems, God promises his way-not to escape the problems but the sins they might occasion. Reminding us that our Savior fights 'in the foxhole' with and for us, Rush Witt skillfully and practically outlines God's way to face trouble: to humbly pray, freshly believe the gospel, and act boldly in dependence on him."
--Robert D. Jones, Biblical Counseling Professor, Southern Seminary; author of Pursuing Peace and The Gospel for Disordered Lives

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 106
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2022
Discussion Questions: Included