Monday, September 27, 2021

A Small Book About Why We Hide by Edward T Welch

About the Book:

We're human. We have insecurities. We fear failure. We have regrets. And we try to hide them from God and others. But that leads to isolation from God and others. Welch shows us how God speaks to us with gentleness, love and hope to lead us out of hiding and to live more openly and authentically. Each daily devotion focuses on a specific biblical truth, helping us turn to God for acceptance, security, and identity.

My Review:

Welch provides 50 devotions that are thoughtful reflections on biblical truths. I like the idea of reading one devotion a day or even one a week. Welch reminds us that turning to God for our identity and acceptance is not something automatic. We need to practice and the format of this book helps us do that. Welch concentrates on our letting Scripture reshape our life. He provides practical suggestions, such as how to talk to God, confess to Him, and listen for words of life.

I found a few of surprises in these devotional readings. Welch writes that the difficulties we have with other people in our relationships are typically found in our relationship with the Lord. (21) That made me stop and think! Welch also has a lesson on learning to fail well. He encourages us to embrace Jesus' compassion, turning to Him, helping us deal with perfectionism.

This is a book that should be read slowly with thoughtful reflection. None of us is immune to insecurities, fear and regrets. This book gives us the tools to take our struggles to the truth of Scripture, knowing we will find healing for deep issues. God created us to be open and honest with Him and others and this book will help us move along to that place.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Edward T. Welch (MDiv,PhD) is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He earned a PhD in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master's in Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. He has been counseling for nearly 40 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. He has written a number of biblical counseling books as well.

New Growth Press, 256 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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