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By Edward T. Welch
Edward T. Welch reveals God's plan for encouraging those in the grips of fear.
One of the haunting dilemmas of the human condition is that fear is "an inescapable feature of earthly life." Every person who has lived on this earth has encountered fear. Tragically, for this reason our race for the good life finds us all too often "running scared." In his new release, Running Scared, Edward T. Welch investigates the roots of fear in the human soul and the ramifications of living in the grips of anxiety, worry, and dread.
Welch encourages readers to discover for themselves that the Bible is full of beautiful words of comfort for fearful people (and that every single person is afraid of something). Within the framework of thirty topical meditations, Welch offers sound biblical theology and moment-by-moment, thoughtful encouragement for life-saving rescue in the midst of the heart and mind battlefield of rampant panic-stricken responses.
This comprehensive primer on the topic of fear, worry, and the rest of God will have readers retreating to scripture for invariable constancy, stalwart care, and robust comfort, instead of as Welch terms it, "hitting the default switch" by responding with characteristic human independence, control, and self-protectiveness. Running Scared affirms that, through Scripture, God speaks directly to our fears:
Welch's lively text provides convincing evidences that humanity's struggle against active and dormant fears are countless. The good news is that God provides both the remedy and the cure for this malady in the person of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, and through powerful, life-altering promises in Scripture. Far more than merely another psychology "self-help" guide, Running Scared serves as a biblical roadmap to a life of serenity and security.
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for over twenty-five years and has written many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety. Ed and his wife Sheri have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
How to Use
Running Scared contains thirty topical meditations on the subject of fear, worry, and anxiety. Each chapter ends with a Personal Response section that gives readers the opportunity to respond to the meditation. This section can also be useful as homework when the book is being studied in a small group.
Who Is the Product For?
This book and small group resource is suitable for teenagers, young adults, and adults who want to learn how to replace fear and worry with trust in God. It has been used effectively in individual discipling/counseling relationships and in churches and ministries as a small group study.
When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety is a small group resource and study guide that complements Running Scared, but it is not a chapter-by-chapter study guide. When I Am Afraid is an interactive devotional and study guide that helps people either individually or in small groups to understand and be delivered from fear.
Another book by Edward T. Welch dealing with fear is When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man (P&R). This bestselling book uncovers how the fear of man controls people and shows how the remedy is to be found in a deepening relationship with God. When People Are Big and God Is Small ends each chapter with a section titled "For Further Thought" that includes study questions for individual and small group use.