Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest

Edward T. Welch
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In this faith-bolstering book, best-selling author Edward T. Welch investigates the roots of fear in the human heart and the ramifications of living in the grips of anxiety, worry, and dread.

Running Scared explores how fear inescapably takes root in all of our livesÑand how our race for the good life finds us all too often "running scared." Welch encourages readers to discover for themselves how the Bible is full of beautiful words of comfort and peace for fearful people.

Everyone is afraid of something, and Welch guides readers to see how Jesus enters in to fear. Within thirty topical meditations, Welch offers sound biblical theology, gospel answers, and moment-by-moment, thoughtful encouragement for those in a heart and mind battlefield of rampant, panic-stricken fear.

This comprehensive primer on the topic of fear, worry, and the rest of God will have readers retreating to Scripture for invariable constancy, stalwart care, and robust comfort rather than human independence, control, and self-protectiveness.

Running Scared affirms that, through Scripture, God speaks directly to our fears, including:

  • Money and possessions
  • People and their judgments
  • Death, pain, suffering, and punishment

Welch's lively text provides convincing evidences that humanity's struggle against active and dormant fears are countless. He presents the good news that God provides both the remedy and the cure for this malady in the person of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, and through powerful, life-altering promises in Scripture.

Far more than merely another psychology "self-help" guide, Running Scared serves as a biblical road map to a life of serenity and security.


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 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. His biblical counseling books include Shame Interrupted; When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety; Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love; and A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace.

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"Fear is the most underrated emotion of all our troubles. Ed has written a great book that is of great help to those of us who have to struggle with the paralyzing feelings of fear and anxiety."
Stephen Arterburn, Founder, New Life Ministries and Women of Faith; author, Reframe Your Life

"Fear can make cowards of us all. It can also cripple the mighty, stripping us of confidence and strength to ever face the challenges of ordinary lifeÑa terrible way to live. In his characteristic voice which is both authoritative and sensitive, Welch inspires us to turn to God as our champion in our battle with fear."
Tim Clinton, EdD, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

"Worries are false prophetsÑthat insight alone was worth the price of the book, but far, far more awaits the wise reader who exploits this brilliant book by Ed Welch. Ed tells our story of fear and worry with compelling honesty and depth. But even more, he invites us to see how our loyal God refuses to abandon us in our fear; instead, he allows our fear to reveal our fragility and desperate need for his presence. I was not only informed and moved by this book; I was invited to worship. This is not merely a book about fear; it is an invitation to a transformed view of God."
Dan B. Allender, PhD, Professor of Counseling, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology; author, To Be Told, The Healing Path, The Wounded Heart, and Leading with a Limp

"To live is to fret, and Ed Welch understands why. With an impressive grasp of what makes people tick, Ed exposes what lies beneath our fears and escorts us to the One who supplies hope for worriers. Ed's writing is clear, honest, pastoral, and most importantly, soaked with Scripture. Read this book, and be not afraid."
Dave Harvey, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author, When Sinners Say "I Do"

"Capturing the depth and complexity of fear, Welch provides immeasurable insight into an emotion that is experienced by all, but for some enslaves. Skillfully illustrating the eternal sufficiency of Jesus Christ and the majesty of his glorious Kingdom, Running Scared forces fear beneath the shadow of the Almighty where it dissipates under the loving care of a heavenly Father. A remarkable read!"
Jeremy Lelek, MA, President, Association of Biblical Counselors

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  • 4
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    Help in times of change

    Posted by Miles Sharpe on 10 01 2018

    I have found this book very helpful in perceiving God's will for my life over the past few months as I have gone through a change of employment. The author brings together many passages of scripture that shows that The Lord guides us and comforts up as we go through the stresses of life. This book would be a help to any Christian as we all need the reassurance of God's love for us and willingness to guide us if we only look to him and follow his leading. This book helps put together the Bible passages that give us this assurance. I highly recommend this book.

  • 5
    Practical words for getting off the fear and worry merry go round

    Posted by Lisa Trevino on 10 01 2018

    This book was set up so well for meditating on the ideas and scripture. The concepts laid out were so clear and practical. Taking at least a day to read and meditate on each chapter was a really great way to get the most out of this book about living in the Kingdom here and now. I loved this book.

  • 5
    Great Read

    Posted by Amanda T on 10 01 2018

    What a powerful book based totally on scripture. It has been extremely helpful to me in addressing my fears and anxieties. I didn't want to put it down. I would certainly recommend it to anyone seeking God's wonderful peace and hasn't yet been able to find it. This book is a perfect help to light the way. Just what I was looking for to help me learn to stop worrying.

  • 5
    Highly recommended

    Posted by Skinvaldo on 10 01 2018

    More than anything else which robs Christians of the power of the good news today is that vague low level worry - worry about work and wealth and health. In this book Edward Welch opens the Bible and speaks powerfully again and again to those who are held captive by those worries, and points to the promises of the God who provides, the God who has promised to be with us in whatever we face. For me it was a word I needed to hear, a word which challenged me, a word which encouraged me, a word which drove me to meditate on Gods word again and to live Gods promises, to step out again in faith in the God who holds us in his hands, to shake me out of my comforts and the worries of losing those comforts, and serve and trust in the God who deserves everything I've got.

  • 5
    Welch opened my eyes to see the God of rest in a whole new light.

    Posted by Elizabeth Brooke on 10 01 2018

    Easy to read based on scriptural truths which prompt thoughtful inquiry into what's keeping you from being all God created you to be in Him. After reading and working through the book, I can honestly report that I have gone from being a 'stress factory of worry and fear' to a person who is calm and at peace all day and even through the night. I am so grateful for his honesty and direct approach which helped me see that my worry existed because I was focused on something other than God. If you struggle with anxiety, worry or fear of any kind, pick up your bible and this book and get ready to find a new way of living.

  • 5
    A great read.

    Posted by BOOM on 10 01 2018

    A great read.

  • 5
    I have read several of his books and they have never disappointed.

    Posted by Duhon on 10 01 2018

    I have read several of his books and they have never disappointed.

  • 5
    Great Read

    Posted by Amanda U on 10 01 2018

    What a powerful book based totally on scripture. It has been extremely helpful to me in addressing my fears and anxieties. I didn't want to put it down. I would certainly recommend it to anyone seeking God's wonderful peace and hasn't yet been able to find it. This book is a perfect help to light the way. Just what I was looking for to help me learn to stop worrying.

  • 5
    Excellent, insightful book.

    Posted by Amy on 10 01 2018

    Excellent, insightful book.

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