Running Scared: Fear, Worry & the God of Rest

Running Scared: Fear, Worry & the God of Rest
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Welch, Edward T.


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In Running Scared, 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.&squo; 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:

  • On money and possessions
  • On people and their judgments
  • On death, pain, and punishment

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, serves as a biblical roadmap to a life of serenity and security.

Read a review at the Biblical Counseling Coalition: Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest

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About the Author

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.

Book Details

315 Pages
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Date: October 2007
ISBN 10: 0978556755
ISBN 13: 9780978556754

“Worriers are false prophets—that insight alone was worth the price of the book, but far, far more awaits the wise reader who explores this brilliant book by Ed Welch. Ed tells our story of fear and worry with compelling honesty and depth. But even more, he invites us to see how our loyal God refuses to abandon us in our fear; instead, he allows our fear to reveal our fragility and desperate need for his presence. I was not only informed and moved by this book; I was invited to worship. This is not merely a book about fear; it is an invitation to a transformed view of God.”
– Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., President and Professor of Counseling, Mars Hill Graduate School

“To live is to fret, and Ed Welch understands why. With an impressive grasp of what makes people tick, Ed exposes what lies beneath our fears and escorts us to the One who supplies hope for worriers. Ed’s writing is clear, honest, pastoral and, most importantly, soaked with scripture. Read this book, and be not afraid.”
– Dave Harvey, Sovereign Grace Ministries, author, When Sinners Say “I Do”

“Ed Welch has thought deeply about the fears we all face and he’s found the confidence and hope that we all need: they’re found in relationship with a Redeemer who has gone before us and assured us of triumph in Him. Ed Welch is case–wise and he brings that wisdom to you in this helpful book. I highly recommend it.”
– Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Idols of the Heart

“Fear is the most underrated emotion of all our troubles. Ed has written a great book that is of great help to those of us who have to struggle with the paralyzing feelings of fear and anxiety”
– Stephen Arterburn, Founder, New Life Ministries and Women of Faith; Author, Reframe Your Life

“Fear can make cowards of us all. It can also cripple the mighty, stripping us of confidence and strength to ever face teh challenges of ordinary life—a terrible way to live. In his characteristic voice which is both authoritative and sensitive, Welch inspires us to turn to God as our champion in our battle with fear.”
– Dr. Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors