When People Are Big and God is Small ~ Review

When People Are Big and God is Small – Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man ~ by Edward T. Welch

I am going to list the chapter headings so you have a better idea of what Welch covers in this book.

Part One: How and Why We Fear Others
2. “People will see me”
3. “People will reject me”
4. “People will physically hurt me”
5. “The world wants me to fear people”
Part Two: Overcoming the Fear of Others
6.   Know the Fear of the Lord
7.   Grow in the Fear of the Lord
8.   Biblically Examine your felt needs
9.   Know your real needs
10. Delight in the God who fills us
11. Love your enemies and your neighbors
12. Love your brothers and sisters
13. “The Conclusion of the Matter: Fear God and Keep His Commandments”

I enjoyed reading part two over part one. At the end of each chapter he has “for further thought” sections that are very helpful. This is a book that we all can benefit from reading.

The Dallas Morning News says ~”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] proposed an antidote: the fear of God…the believer’s response to God’s power, majesty and not least his mercy.”

This is a biblical, helpful, convicting, and encouraging read…

I’ll leave you with one more quote from the book, pg. 113 ~ Grow in the Fear of the Lord ~

The problem is clear: People are too big in our lives and God is too small. The answer is straightforward: We must learn to know that our God is more loving and more powerful than we ever imagined. Yet this task is not easy. Even if we worked at the most spectacular of national parks, or the bush in our backyard started burning without being consumed, or Jesus appeared and wrestled a few rounds with us, we would not be guaranteed a persistent reverence of God. Too often our mountain-top experiences are quickly over-taken by the clamor of the world, and God once again is diminished in our minds. The goal is to establish a daily tradition of growing in the knowledge of God.

That challenges me to ask: What is my daily tradition of growing in the knowledge of God?

8 thoughts on “When People Are Big and God is Small ~ Review

  1. Too often our mountain-top experiences are quickly over-taken by the clamor of the world, and God once again is diminished in our minds.
    So true!
    Where is my focus today Lord?

    Lana, daily reminders, we all need them…

  2. O to grace how great a debtor
    Daily I’m constrained to be.
    Let that grace now, like a fetter,
    Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love.
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
    Seal it for Thy courts above.
    Being daily in the Word is the only thing I’ve found that controls my wandering heart:
    Romans 12:2
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    Kim, Amen! Memorizing that Romans verse really transformed me and continues to. Thanks for your thoughts. blessings….

  3. “…the clamor of the world,” the little foxes that spoil the vine, the cares of the world. I’ve recently been thinking about how easily I am distracted and “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it…” I am.
    All the more need for the daily renewing of the mind. Thanks be to God for His faithful tugs to remind us how desperately we need Him!

    Rosemary, You’ve been a faithful tug for me. Blessings…

  4. Thanks for sharing. This does sound like a good read.
    I think you ladies hit the nail on the head. A certain way to grow in the knowledge of the Lord is through His word and prayer. It isn’t enough to just read and it isn’t enough to just pray. This is a struggle for me…..Prone to wonder.

    April, Isn’t God kind to us to remind us and to love us even in our wandering…

  5. The last three days I’ve been studying through Psalm 119. Wow! Those truths will cause self to subsume and God to consume with His holy fire of quickening. Thanks, E.B.

    Elle, thanks for your thoughts. Blessings as you study God’s word. blessings from another e.b. 🙂

  6. Sounds like a good book for me to put on my, “to read” list for the summer.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Hi Bernadine, thanks for stopping by. This book is a good read. blessings.

  7. We just bought this book not too long ago. I can’t wait to get started reading it. I have MUCH to learn! 🙂
    His,
    Mrs. U

    Mrs. U, Amen to us having much to learn…blessings

  8. It’s very hard not to need God with skin on sometimes.
    But I love the quotes you have shared, Ellen. Especially “Need people less. Love people more.” Sounds like a good book.

    Hi Miss M, Yep, I hear you. Give me a little skin here Lord, I need your touch. Blessings on you.

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