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

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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 lives—and 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.


"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 life—a 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 prophets—that 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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26 Reviews

  • 5
    Excellent, insightful book.

    Published by Amy on 10 01 2018

    Excellent, insightful book.

  • 5
    Gets to heart issues behind worry

    Published by Amber on 10 01 2018

    This is a great book that I would highly recommend. It helped me to recognize patterns of fear and worry in my own life and the heart issues behind them. Ed Welch does a great job of pointing anxious people to the God of rest. Convicting and yet uplifting in tone.

  • 5
    Fearful people

    Published by Brenda Wood on 10 01 2018

    As someone going through a rough season of life, I picked up this book on a whim. Welch tackles fear at its roots, and helps the reader to identify and grapple with this pervasive issue. What encouragement, what exhortation! Welch brings everything back to God's Word, and hope is laced through every chapter. Honestly, I couldn't recommend this book more, it was a Godsend to me!

  • 4
    Do Not be Afraid

    Published by J. Bickels on 10 01 2018

    I received a Kindle version of this book in a free promotional through one of several websites I subscribe to. There was no obligation to provide a positive (or otherwise) review. At first, I didn't think I was going to like this book. The author calls the thirty chapters "meditations," and, for the first few chapters, I had decided that he didn't really know what that word means. They didn't seem "meditative" at all, to me. But, if I had been paying closer attention, I would have noticed that part one is called "Initial Observations." That's a good clue. The first four chapters are a sort of "introduction to fear," if you will. Beginning with part two, "God Speaks," Edward takes the veritable plethora of times that God tells us, "Do not be afraid," and, coupled with God's provision of manna to the Israelites in the wilderness, launches us into a wonderful treatise on how to battle fear and anxiety in our lives. He covers are propensity to worry (even to worry about worrying), our leaning toward grasping at money and possessions, how we worry about what others think about us, and our fears of death, pain, and punishment (judgment from God). Finally, he tells us how God speaks peace into our lives. Perhaps these turned out to be meditations, after all. There are a lot of good points in this book, and I think it well worthy of reading again. We would do well to remember that there are over three hundred occurrences of God telling someone, "Do not be afraid," in the Bible..

  • 5
    So enlightening and practical

    Published by Christine Gustke on 10 01 2018

    This book will cut through all your allegiances with the kingdom of this world, and inspire you to seek the Kingdom of God alone!

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