Book Reviews

When People and Big and God is Small -

I like Ed Welch. He's a clinical neuropsychologist by training, but his heart is for the gospel. He is currently a faculty member at CCEF. In the book When People Are Big and God Is Small, Welch addresses the broken concepts of the popular self-esteem and codependency movements. He provides a biblical critique of the psychological needs theories that have dominated the self-help movement for too long. Welch sees many of the problems we encounter in relationships as resulting from an underdeveloped fear of God and an overdeveloped fear of man. He suggests that when we fear God rightly, we will be less prone to fear the opinions of others—"the person who fears God will fear nothing else." This is a gospel-centered book that will help you to refine your understanding of the fear of God. This book is full of Scripture; although you might not believe it at first glance, they will show up!

This book rocked my world when I first read it over six years ago, and fear of man still manifests itself in my life. It's a constant battle, I want to slay it. I want to see God as greater than others or myself! So let’s read this book and allow God to expose our sin. Let’s rejoice that he has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to slay it!

Confessions of a Food Catholic -

I have to start with a disclaimer. Douglas Wilson is incredibly wordy. Some of us might like that and some of us might not—I do not. But my vocabulary has grown. I may never use the words I’ve learned, but I did appreciate his passion for words. Anyway, that has little to do with how great Confessions of a Food Catholic was. It’s about food! We all love food!

Douglas has been a pastor for over four decades. He has seen the food table become a pathway to sin. He writes about ways we can sin with food, about food fads, about food allergies, about eating too much or too little. He writes about unbiblical approaches that Christians have developed in the last few years. He reminds us that God has given us all foods, so we need to give thanks and eat. So much to say about this book. It will offend some—he is blunt—but he speaks with wisdom and has done much of the ground work for us, push through his dry sense of humor and run on sentences. I think I just wrote one.

“God is great, God is good, let us thank him for our food!”

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Rosy A.