When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety
Welch, Edward T.
“This book is good food for the soul. Gather a few friends around your kitchen table and read and think together—an excellent resource for home groups or adult classes in the life of the church.”See All
MDiv, Shepherding Pastor, New Life Presbyterian Church, Glenside, PA
“I don’t consider myself a fearful person, but Ed gently captured my heart in the first lesson where he showed me how much I really do fear and explained what those fears were saying. But Ed didn’t leave me there; he offered hope. He showed me the way to glorify God in my fears and to replace the despair of anxiety with the joy of my salvation.”See All
Pastor for covenant member care, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
“Ed Welch guides us skillfully through the minefield of our fears and anxieties about money, death, and fear of man to our God who promises to never leave us or forsake us. After reading, I was convicted, encouraged, and resolved to trust God and his promise to be with me instead of giving in to my often nameless fears.”See All
Rose Marie Miller
Missionary; Bible teacher; author of From Fear to Freedom
“In true kingdom fashion, Welch takes things that are likely to cause us to stumble, to fear, and give up, and challenges us to see how God uses them to make us more like Jesus. He reminds us that freedom from fear and anxiety is not a one–time experience, but rather a daily ongoing process. He has written in a manner suitable for cross generations.”See All
DMin, Coordinator of the PCA Christian Education and Publications Committee; author of Foundations and Authority
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.
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 work book 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
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. It 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.