For review copy and interview information, contact:Audra Jennings – – 903.874.8363 You Don’t Have to HideEdward T. Welch’s new devotional shows how
Jesus rescues us from our insecurities and  shame to live openly and regret-free
Greensboro, NC—As humans, we are prone to insecurities, fear of failure, and regrets which we try to hide and cover up, resulting in isolation from both those around us and God. In A Small Book about Why We Hide: How Jesus Rescues Us from Insecurity, Regret, Failure, and Shame (New Growth Press/September 27, 2021), Edward T. Welch shows us how God speaks with gentleness, depth, and hope that will lead us out of hiding and to live more openly, authentic, and regret-free. “Hiding, insecurity, not comfortable in our own skin, failure, feeling worthless or at least worth less than others, fears of rejection, past regrets that we’d prefer weren’t known—all these are features of everyday life. Left to themselves, they grow into shame and self-loathing,” Welch explains. “This is a small book of readings for human experiences that are anything but small.”Welch speaks to those who struggle with shame, disappointments, and inadequacy with God’s words of love and change. He reveals how we were created to be known by God and others, and how hiding undermines these relationships. Each of the fifty daily devotional focuses on a specific biblical truth that unpacks the reasons underlying our feelings of failure and weakness and then points us in the direction of turning to God for acceptance, identity, and security.Sometimes we hide because of our own failures and weakness, and sometimes we hide because of what others have done and said to us, but in either case, we can be free from shame because of the work of Christ on the cross. Jesus took our shame on himself, so we can trust that now we are valued children of God.“Hiding, insecurity, and shame—they are all part of the human story we are introduced to in Genesis. All of these problems have fear in common. The benefit of identifying fear is that it immediately opens Scripture up to us. What God says to fearful people is also for those who are hiding. His words are attractive and simple,” Welch writes.Through a closer examination of Scripture, readers can be assured God will meet them in the insecurities of daily life. Short response questions at the end of each devotion help readers apply God’s words to their specific situation. They can find true security in his love and live freely and honestly with others.“There are few people I trust more than Ed Welch to help me navigate issues of shame and insecurity. In this brief but rich book, Ed points us to the full breadth of how Scripture speaks into our struggles and welcomes us out of hiding. You won’t find platitudes of self-empowerment here, but you will find true hope and acceptance by a Savior who has a unique love for those who tend to hide and be ashamed,” writes Jonathan D. Holmes, executive director of Fieldstone Counseling.
A Small Book about Why We Hide:

How Jesus Rescues Us from Insecurity, Regret, Failure, and Shame
By Edward T. Welch
September 27, 2021/ Retail Price: $17.99
Print ISBN: 978-1-64507-141-9
RELIGION/Christian Life/DevotionalAbout the Author Edward T. Welch, MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a PhD in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary.Welch has been counseling for almost forty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His biblical counseling books include: Shame InterruptedWhen People Are Big and God Is SmallRunning Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of RestA Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace, and A Small Book for the Anxious Heart: Meditations on Fear, Worry, and Trust, and A Small Book about Why We Hide: How Jesus Rescues Us from Insecurity, Regret, Failure, and ShameWhat Others Are Saying “Ed Welch’s new book, A Small Book about Why We Hide, is a huge encouragement for those, like me, wanting greater freedom from insecurity, regret, failure, and shame. In fifty brief meditations, Ed helps us understand how the gospel puts an end to our posing and pretending. Jesus, the one who knows us the best, loves us the most. He didn’t just take our guilt; he bore our shame. The more alive we are to the love and loveliness of Jesus, the less we hide and the freer we become, the greater our joy, and the quicker our repentance. Being present starts meaning more to us than being impressive. Who doesn’t want more of that?”
~ Scotty Ward Smith, Pastor Emeritus, Christ Community Church, Franklin, TN; teacher-in-residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, TN“Insecurity, failure, shame, and hiding from God and people—these are not small troubles. They haunt us. Every day. Praise God for a devotional book that delivers gospel truth for every day. In Christ, God pursues, forgives, and covers us. He does even more. Ed Welch invites us to trust and follow the One who removes every reason to hide.”
~ John Henderson, Pastor and professor“We are all tempted to hide. Ed Welch tenderly uses both story and Scripture to invite us to live differently—as people who are known and deeply loved by God. He does so masterfully. Sweet truths and probing questions encourage us to see more of God’s relentless love and less of ourselves. Each page in A Small Book About Why We Hide overflows with irresistible and life-changing truths.”
Darby A Strickland, Faculty and counselor, CCEF; author of Is it Abuse? Suggested Interview Questions Hiding may seem like the answer to our insecurities, failure and shame but how does hiding turn into a bigger problem?How are hiding, insecurity, and shame all tied to fear?What’s the relationship between hiding from others and hiding from God?If God created us for relationships, why are relationships so hard?Even though confession of sin might seem counterintuitive to combatting insecurity and shame, how does it help us come out of hiding?Normally we think of certain people we know being perfectionists, but you write that a perfectionist lives in us all. How might perfectionism look different in different individuals? Why does perfectionism cause us to hide?What does scripture say about our insecurities?When we are having feelings of shame and insecurity and want to be alone and hide, how do we breakthrough and connect with both people and with God?Can you give us some examples of the types of reflection questions you include at the end of each devotional?What other books have you written in the Small Book series? No longer want to receive these emails? Unsubscribe.
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