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Saturday, October 14, 2017

"A Small Book about a Big Problem" by Ed Welch. A Review

A Small Book About A Big ProblemA Small Book About A Big Problem by Edward T. Welch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's a teeny thing, just a little bigger than the size of a smartphone. But as they say, "Dynamite comes in small packages!" Ed Welch, licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), has compiled 50 short daily devotions into a small, 186 page hardcover with this intriguing title, "A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace." Each day's easy to comprehend reflection runs between 300 to 350 words, or two to three small pages, all of which are bite-sized and focused on one topic per day.

Like a good physician of the soul, Welch works the reader through the various angles and aspects of anger: causes, catalysts, and catastrophic results. The author also examines the whys and ways of change by looking into new routines, remedies and the Redeemer. This tiny volume is not afraid to address the seriousness of anger and the big value of it's alternative. For example, "Control and power are heady matters, and anger is the drug that seems to give access to them...Real strength is used to rule our spirit rather than to rule others" (92).

"A Small Book about a Big Problem" could be used in support and recovery groups, churches, counseling sessions, by chaplains in military or prison units, or personal soul-care. There are questions sprinkled throughout, and blank spaces that can be used for written reflections. This is an important book that is friendly and serious. I found myself stopping at places, praying, confessing my own sins, and thinking about my actions and attitudes throughout the past years and the present. I strongly recommend that if at all possible you run out immediately and snatch up a copy!

Here is the link to purchase the book: "A Small Book about a Big Problem"

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