A Small Book about a Big Problem

A Small Book about a Big Problem

A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace (New Growth Press, September 2017)

How many times today have you been irritated? Frustrated?

While you might not think about it often, if you look closely at any day most everyone can find anger in their actions and attitudes. Something spills or goes missing, we get stuck in traffic or someone cuts us off on the road, or we feel like the people we live and work with are only making our lives more difficult. And while no one wants to get angry, what happens when our irritations and frustrations rise yet again?

Anger is so common—yet it also hurts. It not only leaves a mark on us, but it also leaves a marks on others. The wounds we inflict on ourselves and others because of anger—loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships—give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and think carefully about how to grow in peace and patience.

But if you, like many others, have just gotten irritated for the umpteenth time today, you might wonder if change is possible. Can anyone truly find peace? The answer is yes, but you will need a plan. Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a fifty-day journey that unpacks anger while encouraging and teaching readers to respond with patience to life’s difficulties. Readers will also be introduced to Jesus, the key to any plan for change. Known as the Prince of Peace, he is the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.

Learn more, read a sample, and purchase a copy here.


  • The presentation of the material is fantastic! The scripture references were on point and I appreciated the fact that the book didn’t only focus on why anger is wrong but how to replace anger with peace and contentment. I appreciated the blank pages at the end of most of the chapters – I used it for journaling space.

  • A Small Book About A Big Problem is the latest book from author and Christian counselor Ed Welch. This book consists of 50 meditations on anger, patience and peace that are brief but convicting. I appreciate that Welch is willing to ask the hard questions that really uncover the way anger manifests itself through various sins. Welch really gets to the heart of anger with various passages of Scripture and encourages readers to seek wisdom instead of anger.

  • This book is wonderful! When I first received it, I kind of wondered why I had put in to review it, since I wouldn’t say anger is something that I particularly struggle with. And yet, this book does a wonderful job of showing the different ways anger can show up. Sometimes, it’s easier to it manifested in others, but this book did a wonderful job of opening my eyes to how I can change my attitude. I especially appreciated the reminder that none of us know how many more tomorrows we get, so the time to change is now.
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review

  • Do we really need to blow up with anger? A devotional that will make you re-set your thinking on some amazing ways to handle your anger!

  • WORD Up! says:

    This valuable book will help you take your own anger captive and prepare you to better deal with the outbursts of others.

  • One thing that I truly love about this book is the way that Ed Welch writes. He uses clever turns of phrases that catch your attention and make you look at truth from a different angel. His own words are like “mini-Proverbs” and would easily fit into your status updates, tweets, etc. I love that about this book. Certain phrases and sentences made me put the book down and think about a concept for an extended period of time. To me, that makes for a great book. Good books make you stop and reflect. And Ed does not disappoint with A Small Book About A Big Problem.

  • The book has a great base and is written to help not hurt. It does give the reader a sense of relaxed mind and can take you out of a bad moment while reading if only for a bit.

  • If we are honest all of us struggles with anger. Whether we blow up, or shut down there are moments when we do not handle our circumstances in a biblical manner. Thankfully, by God’s grace we can come to Him, confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us. But that does not mean that we should just become complacent in out sin. Scripture also calls us to fight our sin by the power and working of the Holy Spirit in us, and so we are to fight against the anger that can easily ensnare us. In A Small Book About a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace Ed Welch has written a very manageable 50 day devotion to focus on anger. Ed Welch has written much in the Christian Counseling world, and these thoughts on anger draw from years of experience and are biblically satura

  • The strength of this book is its brevity. The meditations are designed to be read on a daily basis and encourage deep thought and contemplation. Ultimately, the subject matter concerns sanctification and is

  • Edward Welch’s A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace consists of 50 meditations on anger, patience and peace that are brief but convicting. I appreciate that Welch is willing to ask the hard questions that really uncover the way anger manifests itself through various sins.

    Welch writes with a spiritual depth and a pastoral wisdom about the things that really matter in our interpersonal relationships — anger and patience. If Christians are serious — that Jesus really is Lord — then how we handle anger is directly connected to the way in which we respond to others, including our enemies. When we remember the patience and love with which God treats us in Jesus Christ, there is a ground for our own kindness and patience with others.

  • Dealing with difficult people in my life is what led me to want to read and review: A Small Book About A Big Problem. Reading the book will not change difficult people, but it will help me to know how to handle certain situations.

  • This book is small like a “ghost pepper” is small!

    The genius of “A Small Book About a BIG Problem” is how Ed Welch crams 50 pungent meditations into such a small space and at a perfect pace.

    Welch hasn’t written a bunch of “devotional nuggets” with flowery, mystical, syrupy thoughts. He has distilled the dynamics of human anger and found 50 helpful ways to approach the problem biblically. Reading it is like having a really good purposeful conversation with a really good wise counselor. Highly recommended.

  • They’re short, each little daily reading; and they’re full of Scripture and deserve to be read again and again. I even think they could be perfect for a family devotional. Ed Welch has done it again: provided us an excellent, theologically and Scripturally sound resource to deal with a problem common to all of us, but that’s often left untouched in religious circles. I’m ever thankful for his leadership and writing!

  • A Small Book About A Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace by Edward T. Welch lives up to its title. Dr. Welch performs a thorough work, examining the problem, exposing each one’s heart, and encouraging transformation in the gospel. I recommend A Small Book About A Big Problem to anyone who knows they have an anger problem and to anyone who believes they don’t.

  • In the Pages says:

    The small, but powerful book, deals with anger – a problem that so many of us struggle with. His reason is simple, “Anger leaves its mark.” We need to deal with it and take time to make these readings sink in. Anger hurts us all – and we can make that change in our lives to battle it. What is the opposite of anger? “Wisdom,” Welch states.

  • I thought this was a very interesting book filled with useful daily meditations including questions and Biblical verses relating to the topic.

  • Moments says:

    Edward has designed this book with that in mind, several days (50 to be exact!) to work through and be on this journey.  Therefore, there is very little to do each day, but just one or a few concepts to ponder and ask of ourselves and to really meditate on during that day.  Also, there are questions interspersed to ask of ourselves, but can also lead to great conversations with others.

  • Welch does a good job exploring anger in general, how it arises from our thwarted desires and how if affects our relationship with God. Unfortunately, he offers no practical strategy to deal with anger. If you want to read about anger, this is a good book. If you want to deal with your anger, you will have to go elsewhere.

  • Kcreatives says:

    This book is great. It is helpful in understanding how my heart works. It is short on application but also Ed Welch shouldn’t be the interpreter of our problem – let the Spirit work on the application part. It is short and shoots straight to the heart!

  • A Small Book about a BIG Problem by Edward T. Welch is a wonderful, concise read that delves into dealing with anger and finding peace and patience. Edward Welch uses his considerable experience and knowledge about biblical counseling to create a book that his Bible centered, applicable, and easy to read. The book is a 50 day journey into what anger is, our reasons/response to both anger and to being wronged, and what the Bible has to say about these topics. I am still reading this book because I did not want to rush through the daily readings, but I have been convicted to really ponder and to think about what causes me to be angry and how I can develop more patience.

  • ​I recommend this for anyone seeking to better their emotions but to let God in and let Him comfort and ease our frustrations. I connected with this statement, “The rule is this: wherever you start—anger, guilt, selfish desire, contrition, or a desire to reform yourself—end with God and his goodness.”

  • A Small Book About A Big Problem is a readable, relatable, scripture-saturated, and practical read.

  • This small book is a 50 day meditational book about anger. Each meditation is only a few pages long, so it’s a good book for someone who is wanting to read something quick to help them get to the bottom of their anger problem. It provides a lot of Scripture too, to help you reflect on Jesus’ attitude toward anger, peace, and patience.

  • Even though the book is tiny, it is filled with useful tips and well worth reading!

  • This is a much-needed book for Christians. A lot of time we think anger is not a problem while not realizing what damage we can cause with our angry word. This is especially concerning our children.

  • It was refreshing to drink deeply of the rich, Gospel-truths in which this book is rooted. However, when exploring a topic as volatile as anger, short meditations seem to fall short of sufficiently exploring the many questions raised and left a number of topics begging for further development. All in all, “A Small Book About a Big Problem” is a good start, but ideally, it would be paired with another resource to provide some needed balance.

  • This review is for the book “A Small Book about a Big Problem” by Edward T. Welch. This book is about anger, patience, and peace. It is primarily about anger and how to tame your anger and have more self-control. Each chapter is a short, to-the-point snippet about anger. One chapter is about getting angry when we judge others. One is about how forgiving God is. One talks about how sometimes anger looks right to us. This book really made me think, because sometimes I get angry over the silliest things. This really made me take a look at myself and think how I can change, and there is a lot of great scripture throughout the book.

  • Fic Gal says:

    I think the length would appeal to people who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. There’s only a few pages to read and this book could potentially be helpful but I think it would have been better if there was more to this small book.

  • I would recommend this book with the caveat that it will be best used as a kick-starter to deeper conversations with others and self-reflection. With that in mind, I think you’ll find a lot to take away with from this book.

  • I was very thankful to come across this new, short, 50-day devotional by Welch. For 50 days, Welch provides a brief reading or meditation on something related to anger. At first glance, I wasn’t sure a short reading of a few hundred words each day would be helpful, but I’ve realized victory in spending 50 days on this topic.

  • This is a great book that is small but mighty, it really packs a punch into its short pages that stick with you long after the final page is turned. Filled with Biblical wisdom and knowledge this book really gets to the heart of anger and how destructive it truly is. Being that I struggle with angry outburst especially towards those around me, this book really resonated with me and made me more mindful of the place I have given anger in my own life. Deeply touch and meaningful this book is a great and thought provoking read.

  • I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to read this book, it has really opened my eyes to how anger has controlled so many parts of my life. I am excited to read read more books by Edward T. Welch, his books are on my must read list. I highly recommend this book to everyone, it is something that anyone can pick up and relate to. I give this book 5 STARS.

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