Friday, October 20, 2017

A Small Book About A Big Problem By Edward T. Welch

A Small Book About a Big Problem
by Edward T. Welch
Publisher: New Growth Press
ISBN: 978-1945270130

So, I may have an issue with anger, patience, and peace. I'm not alone am I? I know all three of those are things I've struggled with. That's why when I saw that I could review A Small Book About a Big Problem that dealt with those topics, I figured there was a reason.

How many times today have you been irritated? Frustrated?
While you might not think about it often, if you look closely at any day most everyone can find anger in their actions and attitudes. Something spills or goes missing, we get stuck in traffic or someone cuts us off on the road, or we feel like the people we live and work with are only making our lives more difficult. And while no one wants to get angry, what happens when our irritations and frustrations rise yet again?
Anger is so common-yet it also hurts. It not only leaves a mark on us, but it also leaves a marks on others. The wounds we inflict on ourselves and others because of anger-loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships-give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and think carefully about how to grow in peace and patience.
But if you, like many others, have just gotten irritated for the umpteenth time today, you might wonder if change is possible. Can anyone truly find peace? The answer is yes, but you will need a plan. Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a fifty-day journey that unpacks anger while encouraging and teaching readers to respond with patience to life's difficulties. Readers will also be introduced to Jesus, the key to any plan for change. Known as the Prince of Peace, he is the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.

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My Review:
I felt like A Small Book About a Big Problem started off rather basic the first couple of days. I know that it takes about 90 days to break a habit, and the first couple of days just had me thinking, "Ok." From there the book takes off! The author really turns our eyes on the Lord and how we live our lives. Mr. Welch doesn't tiptoe through what anger looks like. I really appreciate his straightforwardness. He makes the reader look at anger in the face and take it for what it is. Then he turns us to God and what His Word says.
Each day's reading is quick and to the point. It's an easy read so that we can keep on track and take it in easy-to-digest readings. You have to be ready for the brutal honesty for what anger is and how it's such a devastating sin.

I like how you can take bits and pieces and carry them with you. You can find ways to put this book into action when anger feels like it's creeping up. I know sometimes it comes out of left field (like it does for me so often), and it's something that we need the Holy Spirit to make a change in. Jesus definitely can help us conquer this big problem!
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 earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions.
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