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By Edward T. Welch
You know how anxiety and fear feels, your stomach drops, your neck tightens, your whole body tenses, but do you know what to do when anxiety fills your days and troubles your nights? You've probably already tried a few strategies, like denial or working harder, and noticed that they aren't a permanent solution. If you are tired of dealing with anxiety and worry on your own, then this guide is just for you. As you go through each set of meditations, anxiety will gradually yield to hope, peace, and rest. Of course, this is a lifelong process, but going through this devotional guide, either on your own or with a small group, will kick-start the process and bring lifelong change.
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 is the best-selling author of many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression: A Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety. He and his wife Sheri have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
How To Use
When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety explains and applies the concepts from the book Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest in the context of an interactive devotional and small group study guide. The study guide is divided into seven weekly meditations and includes space for participants to record their responses as they work through the following meditations:
Week 1: Fear and Anxiety Speak Out
Week 2: The God of Suspense Reveals His Plans
Week 3: The King Comes Close and Talks about Money
Week 4: The Living God Speaks about Death
Week 5: The Loving Father Woos You from the Fear of Man
Week 6: The God of Hope Keeps His Promises
Week 7: The Lord Reigns-Things Are Not the Way They Seem
Who Is the Product For?
This devotional guide 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.
This devotional guide and small group resource is intended to stand alone as a study guide for individuals and groups, but it's also a complement to Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch. Running Scared has a Personal Response section at the end of each chapter, which can be used as a guide for individuals and small groups who want to spend additional time looking at the issue of fear and worry.
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.