Edward T. Welch has written a book that I desperately needed to read and embrace. The opportunity to read and write a review arrived just in time. Thank you, New Growth Press!
“A Small Book for the Anxious Heart” is filled with valuable nuggets of daily encouragement. This meditation book will take you through fifty daily pages of encouraging and thought-provoking messages, followed by questions that cause you to reflect.
Anxiety and fear are emotions that many suffer from today and friend; I am no different. There have been days that I’ve had to “speak out loud” ~ “STOP!” And begin quoting scripture to give me comfort.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
My thought-life was “out-of-control” and became a battlefield that the enemy used to torment me for years. Fear and anxiety controlled my life daily. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to seek the counseling and mentoring needed to overcome this battle. Prayer and intimate time with God was necessary for me to receive my healing from this emotional roller coaster.
We must face the “giants” in our lives.
Sometimes we bury those things that we don’t want to confront, and it hinders our spiritual growth and deliverance. This is especially more common during the winter months because we spend a lot of time indoors and hiding away. We stay inside to be warm and at the same time avoid others or uncomfortable situations.
Before you know it ~ depression “sets in” along with Anxiety and Stress. This was my life.
It is not always easy to become transparent and share your true self with others, but that is when healing can truly begin.
Welch’s vulnerability and honesty from personal stories spoke to my heart.
He used life experiences to teach that we can find pure comfort and eternal peace in the word of God.
The daily meditations were of great length and were engaging. Welch used scripture and biblical principles to reveal how to deal with anxiety, fear, and stress. It is evident in his writing style that he is a Christian counselor that sympathizes with his clients.
This book goes beyond that of a self-help or self-improvement book.
His strategy to direct your focus away from anxiety, and toward Christ for healing, was astounding. You are compelled to know more about Jesus Christ, who removes anxiety, fear, and stress.
One of my favorite sections of the book was on Day 10~
“When we are humble, we freely place ourselves under God. His words then unseat the words we speak to ourselves. God gave Job this humility as a gift, and it was the most powerful way to build him up in the midst of overwhelming trouble (Job 38-42). God began by asking Job a series of questions to remind him that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. “
“I will question you, and you make it known to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:3-4)
This passage resonated with me for several reasons. As I’ve had to learn how to take control of my thoughts, it has humbled me to trust God and not myself.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” 1 John 4:18
If I’m trusting God, I don’t have to fear.
There have been times when I thought I was in control of everything and had to handle everything. This behavior caused me to become anxious or fearful. If there is a lack of trust in God’s awesome power, then fear and anxiety will rise.
However, if we pause, take deep breaths, and recognize the awesomeness of God, who is the creator, we can find PEACE.
Welch further states in Day 10~
“Humility is the way to amplify the words of God and hear them above all else.”
“After listening to God’s questions, Job lowered himself so that he was under God rather than over him (Job 42:1-6). This became Job’s true comfort. Anxiety can drown out everything around it. “
We can trust God, and Welch paints this picture eloquently. If we trust God, we have nothing to fear or be anxious about in our lives.
“A Small Book for the Anxious Heart” by Edward T. Welch has become one of my favorite reads. I’ll be reading it again and again.
For anyone who struggles with fear, anxiety, or stress, this book is an excellent resource. Even if you don’t suffer from anxiety, but seek a daily devotional for your spiritual growth, pick up a copy of “A Small Book for the Anxious Heart”. It contains Biblical truths that will encourage and motivate you to seek guidance in God’s word.