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Running Scared: Fear, Worry & The God of Rest (Welch)

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

Table of Contents: 

I. Initial Observations 

1. A World of Fear 

2. Our Fears and Anxieties 

3. Fear Speaks 

4. Worry and Anxiety Chime In 

II. God Speaks 

5. Do Not Be Afraid 

6. The Manna Principle 

7. The God of Suspense 

8. Worry about Worry 

A. On Money and Possessions 

9. Do Not Worry 

10. The Message of the Kingdom 

11. When the Kingdom Isn’t Enough 

12. Grace for Tomorrow 

13. Seek God’s Face

14. Where is My Treasure? Whose Kingdom? 

B. On People and Their Judgments 

15. Do Not Trust in Man 

16. Love More Than Need 

17. Fight Fear with Fear 

C. On Death, Pain, and Punishment 

18. Fear of Death 

19. Fear of Judgment 

20. A Glimpse of Heaven 

21. Already Dead 

D. Peace Be With You 

22. I Will Be with You 

23. I Swear 

24. Pray 

25. Bring on the Worst 

26. Peace Be with You 

27. Peace for Peacemakers

28. Yesterday and Today 

29. Tomorrow 

30. The Last Word  



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