Running Scared: Fear, Worry, & the God of Rest by Ed Welch {Book Review}

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Running Scared by Edward T. Welch4beanstyle2Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Overview

Running Scared is the in-depth probe into worry, fear, and anxiety by the well known author Ed Welch. In this book you will learn the basics of what fear really is and how it is often displayed in our daily routines. Then he opens up Scripture to share what God says about fear and His provision for such feelings. The last two thirds of the book are break downs of fear in specific categories – on money and possessions, on people and their judgments, on death, pain, and punishment, and finally on how peace can be with you. While Welch does a great job of explaining fear and worry, he does a fabulous job of explaining how through God’s Word you can find true peace and overcome fear.

The Readability

Considering the thickness of this book, and total of 314 pages, it’s a fairly easy read. It is deep, but not so deep that it’s hard to wade through. I felt as if it was a good blend of stories, examples, and thoughts to really make you think. While it doesn’t leave any stones un-turned on the topic of fear, it does it without the feel of a text book. I think that even a 13 or 14 year old could read this book and really grasp it’s message.

The Highlights

I have read quite a few books on this topic and was amazed to find that Welch brought out aspects I hadn’t thought or read about previously. The biggest highlight for me as I digested this book was how he connects God’s grace to our fear. Much of the scripture he digs into is from the Old Testament and he explains how it shows us that has already demonstrated – over and over again – how He will take care of us and never leave those who have a personal relationship with Him.

The Downside

For me the downside was Welch’s beliefs on “the Kingdom”. I appreciate so much of what he shared in this book, but I do believe we are 2 different pages when it comes to what he says is the kingdom of God. Chapters 10 and 11 where he explained most of his thoughts on this were more confusing to me than clarifying. That being said, there was still such a great amount of this book that was highly beneficial to me.

The Recommendation

I recommend this book for anyone struggling with fear or wanting to understand fear in greater depth. Both teen and adult, academic or casual learner can benefit from reading. I do recommend discernment as some of the views expressed in here are highly debated. If you have a teen read this book it would be very wise to discuss it as they read through it.   My honest rating for this book would be a 3.5, but since I don’t usually deal in “halves” I am going to ere on the side of grace and give it a 4.  I highly recommend you use the companion study Guide – When I Am Afraid: A Step by Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety – as you read through the book.

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