- Series: Resources for Changing Lives
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: P & R Publishing; 32132nd edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875526004
- ISBN-13: 978-0875526003
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 242 customer reviews
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When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man (Resources for Changing Lives) Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Overly concerned about what people think of you?
All experiences of the fear of man share at least one common feature: people are big. They have grown to idolatrous proportions in our lives. They control us. Since there is no room in our hearts to worship both God and people, whenever people are big, God is not. Therefore the first task in escaping the snare of the fear of man is to know that God is awesome and glorious, not other people.
Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing and points the way through a true knowledge of God, ourselves, and others.
"Ed Welch is a good physician of the soul. This book is enlightening, convicting, and encouraging. I highly recommend it." --Jerry Bridges
"Need people less. Love people more. That's the author's challenge. . . . He's talking about a tendency to hold other people in awe, to be controlled and mastered by them, to depend on them for what God alone can give. . . . [Welch] proposes an antidote: the fear of God . . . the believer's response to God's power, majesty and not least his mercy." --Dallas Morning News
"Refreshingly biblical. . . . brimming with helpful, readable, practical insight." --John F. MacArthur Jr.
About the Author
Edward T. Welch (PhD, University of Utah) serves both the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and Westminster Theological Seminary. At CCEF, he is director of counseling and academic dean, as well as a counselor and faculty member. At Westminster, he is professor of practical theology. He is author of Blame It on the Brain and When People Are Big and God Is Small and has contributed to several other books and journals, including the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
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Most people have a very basic understanding of the fear of man. We experience one form of it often when presented an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel. Even those that boldly stand on the corners and preach to the passing crowds will often tell you about the butterflies they get prior to starting their proclamation.
However, this book will open your eyes to a number of other ways you may fear man. I did not understand that much of my life was controlled by that fear. I am grateful for the people that kept on pressing me to read this.
It is hard for me to read most books cover to cover. It's easy to read three or four chapters, and then skip to the end to see what the final diagnosis or recommendation is. This is not a book you should or will want to do that with. I am starting through it for the third time soon because it is so fantastic. Everything he teaches is put on the bottom shelf and you don't have to be a scholar to understand it, but there is so much packed into this that you either need to go super-slow and meditate on both the Scripture he references and the point he's making, or go through it once thoughtfully and come back to study the points that pertain more to your situation.
Either way, this is a very worthwhile study. I can't recommend it enough.
I am the children's ministry director at my church. I have made the observation that the perspective of the curriculum makes a huge difference in theology for our kids. When we focus on the Bible characters and how we can be like them or glean nuggets of how to follow God from their stories, the kids get mired in works-based theology. No matter how much we would point to the cross, the kids would hear works. Then we changed our curriculum that had a solid God focus: Who is God? What is He like? How should I act towards Him? This perspective started a liberation from works for our kids. But I could never figure out why.
This book really explains why: we were finally teaching the right and proper fear of God. When we spend a whole year camping out on His attributes, we were looking at Him with the joyful fear and awe that frees us from the fear of everything else.
To say that I have been convicted by this book is an understatement. But it is a joyful gratitude that permeates it. I'm so grateful for the keen awareness I have when I am being fearful of things that are not God. I am learning, through the Holy Spirit's power, to let go of that fear as one lays aside a heavy weight I never knew was there. The freedom is immense. Being free to not fear and love deeply instead is glorious--it is something I have searched for for many years. I'm so glad that God has so graciously revealed Himself to me in this way. Simply monumental.
Very good content!
Gets to the heart of people worship. And most don't even realize they are doing it!