When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man (Welch)

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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.

Table of Contents:

1. Love Tanks with a Leak

Part One: How and Why We Fear Others

2. ‘People Will See Me’

3. ‘People Will Reject Me’

4. ‘People Will Physical 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. Knows 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” 



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.



“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

“Biblical and practical. The readers does not need a problem with peer pressure or codependency to profit from this book. Opens our eyes and directs us back to God and his Word to overcome the fear of man.” — The Baptist Bulletin

“Much needed in our own day. User friendly as a resource for Sunday School or home bible study. Here is a volume that church libraries and book tables ought to have. Its theme is contemporary. Its answer is thoroughly biblical.” — The Presbyterian Witness

“Refreshingly biblical. . . . brimming with helpful, readable, practical insight.” — John F. MacArthur Jr.

“Ed Welch is a good physician of the soul. This book is enlightening, convicting, and encouraging. I highly recommend it.” — Jerry Bridges

“Readable and refreshing. . . .  goes to the heart of an issue immobilizing the church. Exposes and repudiates the trivia of therapeutic theology with wisdom and compassion.” — Susan Hunt