Nashville, TN (October 19, 2020)
Two-time Grammy nominee and Dove Award-winning Christian music Jamie Grace has released her first book, Finding Quiet, on Bethany House. Jamie opens up about her lifelong journey with anxiety, living with Tourette’s, OCD and ADHD and her dependence on Christ. Finding Quiet combines Jamie’s true story with practical life lessons that have helped her learn to let go, release herself from comparison, navigate relationships, find purpose, and much more. She vulnerably shares her lowest moments of pain and self-doubt, and leads readers through her journey in search of freedom, found in the quiet moments. Jamie actively advocates for joy, wellness, and mental health through her writing and music.
At 19 years old, Jamie was nominated for a Grammy for a song she wrote in college, and her career skyrocketed in a matter of months. Among several other nominations, Jamie won the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, and found herself pictured on 7UP cans around the country as the winner of a fan-voted award through K-Love radio. A lot happened, fast. There were tours, studio sessions and album releases, and a growing pressure to maintain momentum.
While these are dream scenarios for any aspiring musician, they collided with the symptoms of Jamie’s diagnosed illnesses—a tendency to overanalyze decisions, ongoing social worry, fear, periods of reclusiveness, a never-ending cycle of ruminating on choices and situations, anxious thoughts which turn into anxious feelings which turn into panic.
Over the years Jamie has turned to medication, counseling and prayer, and found that through a combination of purposeful habits and her faith in Jesus, she is able to manage her thoughts and find rest and quiet in order to hear the Lord’s voice louder than others.
“I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to figure out the line between my clinically diagnosed anxiety and my character flaws and emotional weaknesses—and how in the world I should recover,” Jamie writes. “It’s the moments when we feel like everything is crumbling before us and completely falling apart that faith proves just how powerful it can be.”
Finding Quiet combines Jamie’s true story with practical life lessons that have helped her learn to let go, release herself from comparison, navigate relationships, find purpose, and much more. She vulnerably shares her lowest moments of pain and self-doubt, and leads readers through her journey in search of freedom, found in the quiet moments.
Through Finding Quiet, Jamie hopes readers with similar diagnoses will find hope for their own journeys, and take away some key truths that have helped along the way. She wants others to know three important things: You are not alone. Not everyone is going to understand, and that’s okay. It’s okay to ask for help.