Monday, October 23, 2017

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

How many times today were you 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. Anger is so common-yet it also hurts us and others. Can anyone truly find peace? Yes, but you need a plan.

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.

  • Provides short, daily meditations that encourage readers to look carefully at how their anger affects them and others.
  • The fifty-day reading plan gives ample time for readers to unpack the underlying causes of irritation and frustration and develop a Spirit-led plan for growth.
  • Offers encouragement and helps readers to develop the skills to deal with the universal problem of anger and respond with more patience to life's difficulties
  • Christ-centered teachings give readers hope that they can change not based on their own efforts, but through the work of Jesus and his indwelling Spirit.
  • A useful tool for pastors, counselors, and lay helpers who are working with people who struggle with a short fuse.
What Is this book for?
A Small Book about a Big Problem offers hope for change to people struggling with irritation and frustration and its effects on themselves and others. With fifty short, daily meditations, readers are provided with an easy-to-follow plan that gives them enough time to unpack the underlying causes of their irritation and frustration, as well as encouragement and skills to respond with more patience and peace to life's difficulties. Centered around Christ, the work and teachings of Jesus give readers hope they can change not through their own actions, but through the life and spirit of the Prince of Peace.

Who Is the book for?
While anger is a universal issue that everyone deals with, A Small Book about a Big Problem is written for people who recognize the destruction anger is causing to their lives and relationships, but do not know how to change. With fifty short, daily meditations that serve as a plan to deal with anger and its underlying causes, biblical counselor Ed Welch also provides readers with encouragement and skills to respond to life's difficulties with more patience. Also a useful tool for pastors, counselors, family, and friends of people dealing with anger issues, this book offers hope through the life and work of Jesus that change can happen and peace is possible.

Here is my review of this important book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Edward T. Welch and his publisher for sending me a copy of "A Small Book About A Big Problem" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

'A Small Book about a Big Problem'  by Edward T. Welch is 50 days worth of meditations on anger, patience and peace.  Do you struggle with anger or know someone who does?  Are you a lay-leader in your church who infrequently deals with problems you aren’t trained to handle?  This valuable book will help you take your own anger captive and prepare you to better deal with the outbursts of others.

On day one, the destructive nature of anger is brought to light, revealing the importance of such a book.  Many of us haven’t been taught to properly deal with our anger, so it becomes anxiety or violence or outbursts.  The author calls this book a slow walk – one meditation per day.  This book is interactive.  It poses questions.  It refers to Scripture.  It leads the reader to pray.  This can transform us and our thinking.  The most difficult part of reading this book was keeping the slow pace.  But this is a topic that really needs to be chewed on and digested one tiny bite at a time.  Do you want to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry?  Take a slow walk with Edward T. Welch.

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