Reneau Peurifoy holds a master’s degree in counseling and is the author of four books: Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic: Taking Charge and Conquering Fear, Overcoming Anxiety: From Short-Term Fixes to Long-Term Recovery, Anger: Taming the Beast and Why Did God Give Us Emotions? His first book, Anxiety, Phobias and Panic, has gone through three revisions and sold over 200,000 copies.
Reneau married his wife, Michiyo, in 1974. He has two grown children and enjoys playing guitar. In High School he enjoyed Elizabethan Lute music. He especially liked Julian Bream’s recordings. By the end of high school he began playing more contemporary guitar, especially the blues. Currently he plays lead electric for two Sunday services at his church.
Reneau was in private practice for twenty years as a marriage and family therapist specializing in anxiety disorders. He retired from private practice in 2000 to teach at a local College in Sacramento, California. He has attended Fuller Theological Seminary and after retiring from teaching in 2015, he received a ministerial credential from the Church of God headquartered in Anderson, Indiana. He now is spending his time writing, speaking, and seeing people with anxiety-related problems as a pastoral counselor. He has also developed a YouTube channel that features videos on practical life skills.