The key plan to growing in patience, peace, and wholeness? Jesus! New book from Edward Welch
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.
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.
This is such a great book! First of all, it is a pocket-sized hardcover book so this can be read anytime, anywhere. Set up as a book to work through over the course of 50 days, there are 50 short chapters, just a few pages to each chapter, but filled with so much wisdom! Edward begins with discussing how anger is an ordinary thing, an everyday piece of each human. To be human is to become angry. However, how this emotion is handled and dealt with has such a big impact on our day, each and every day with our relationships with others, our own well-being and mindset. On the flipside of this is peace, and the question is asked why should we pursue peace instead of anger? Of course, this is not easy at all and will take patience and work. Edward has designed this book with that in mind, several days (50 to be exact!) to work through and be on this journey. Therefore, there is very little to do each day, but just one or a few concepts to ponder and ask of ourselves and to really meditate on during that day. Also, there are questions interspersed to ask of ourselves, but can also lead to great conversations with others. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to have more peace than anger in your life, relationships and just overall for yourself.
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*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*