A Small Book About A Big Problem: Meditations On Anger, Patience and Peace by Edward T. Welch
Published September 27, 2017 by New Growth Press
Genres Nonfiction, Christian
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
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. 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.
The title does a good job at describing the book, as it is quite small. The book includes 50 fairly short chapters that deal with anger, patience and peace. The book describes a lot of actions that many of us probably don’t recognize as anger, such as gossiping or jealousy. The book goes on to also explain that there are different types of anger, which I thought was also quite interesting. I think that anger is a topic that everyone can relate to regardless of the way you express your anger. The gossip as anger was an interesting concept to me, not that I enjoy gossiping, but I believe everyone does it and I never considered it as a form of anger. I thought this was a very interesting book filled with useful daily meditations including questions and Biblical verses relating to the topic.
Thank you to the publisher, New Growth Press, for sending me a review copy of this book.