- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (April 30 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433547112
- ISBN-13: 978-1433547119
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.1 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love Paperback – Apr 30 2015
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“The task of counseling is the task of loving others well. This book will help you to know what the love of Christ looks like, how to extend it to others, and how to accept it from others as you live in relationship together.”
―Heath Lambert, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville; Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors; author, A Theology of Biblical Counseling and Finally Free
“There are two things that Welch’s book does very well. It demonstrates that no one gives grace better than a person who is convinced he needs it himself and that God makes his invisible grace visible by sending ordinary people to give extraordinary grace to people who need it. Welch not only reminds us all of our call to friendship ministry but also unpacks for us what it looks like. Every Christian should read this book!”
―Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?
“Welch builds a vision of a Christian community that moves beyond platitudes and empty promises to deep, scriptural, Christlike relationships. You will find this book to be a helpful primer on how to ask for and provide help in the midst of an age of separation.”
―Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings and Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life
“Finally! I’ve been wanting a book that helps normal, everyday Christians know how to help friends who are struggling. Ed Welch has given us this in his short, well-written, biblically sound, and Christ-exalting book. I’m planning to buy a bunch of copies and give it out to our church members.”
―Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author, The Pastor and Counseling and She’s Got the Wrong Guy
“Ed Welch calls us back to the biblical model of one-another care with user-friendly wisdom that neither overcomplicates nor oversimplifies what it means to be a biblical encourager. I highly recommend Side by Side for every believer, every small group, and every church committed to being equipped to encourage one another in Christ.”
―Bob Kellemen, Biblical Counseling Chair, Crossroads Bible College; author, God's Healing for Life's Losses: How to Find Hope When You're Hurting
“Side by Side is a simple, insightful and practical guide to walking with people through times of trouble. This book will help churches to become communities of honesty and healing. You should read it―others will benefit, and so will you.”
―Ian Smith, Principal, Christ College, Sydney
“Side by Side is a very practical and thoroughly biblical guide meant as much for the average church member as for pastors and caregivers. Ed demolishes the myth that counseling can be done only by the professionally qualified. I wish this book had been written long ago.”
―John K. John, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Trust of India
“This book of practical spirituality will produce many more helpless Christians, but also many more helpful Christians. It made me feel both more needy and more needed. A rare double blessing!”
―David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Jesus on Every Page; Reset; and Exploring the Bible
“Side by Side is an expertly executed physical-therapy treatment for the disabled body of Christ. With biblical precision and practical compassion, Welch assists the attentive and teachable to work spiritual muscles left unused by many. Finally, someone has offered the people of God a ministry tool for mutual burden bearing and spiritual body building.
―Joseph V. Novenson, Pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
“Ed Welch skillfully provokes and counsels Christians on how to relate better with others by recognizing they are needy and needed. He puts his arms around church members who want to be more than spectators, around friends who want to grow in wise love for one another, and around parents who want to be more effective with their children. I wish I could have read this book as a young person―life would have been much richer both for others and for me.”
―Bruce K. Waltke, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Regent College
“We are needy people who share the same nature with many others in need of help. God’s grace does not make us self-sufficient but enables us to help others. Welch develops this principle beautifully in this book. Side by Side is not only a book for individual profit, but one to be used as an instrument for the growth of the church and the equipping of God’s people.”
―Valdeci Santos, Vice-President and Professor of Biblical Counseling and Missions, Andrew Jumper Graduate Center, Brazil
“Side by Side is a practical book about us needing others and others needing us. It pushes us to go further in our relationships and offers concrete ways to do that. It is a book about being companions and allies in Christian living. It is a book, finally, about being good Christian friends. I’d love every member of our church to read it―we would be a stronger community as a result.”
―Steve Midgley, executive director, Biblical Counselling UK; Senior Pastor, Christ Church Cambridge
“Side by Side simply made my ministry approach and the necessary in-reach method more pertinent to successful personal outreach and up-close-and-personal discipleship.”
―Dallas H. Wilson, Jr., Vicar, St. John’s Chapel, Charleston, South Carolina
About the Author
Edward T. Welch (PhD, University of Utah) is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He has been counseling for more than 35 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include When People Are Big and God Is Small, Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction, Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, Shame Interrupted, and Side by Side. He blogs regularly at CCEF.org.
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I would recommend this book to Christians who want to care for those around them but always stop short of doing so. I know fear often grips me when I try to connect with a newcomer or comfort a sick church member. It seems like saying the right words at the right time is an impossible task. In this book, Welch wants to motivate readers to step out in humility and enter into caring relationships with those in their community. A word of advice to readers is that the practical examples and scripts that Welch provides are simply illustrations of how one can approach a situation. To properly care for those around us, we need to pray for wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit as we try to navigate the specific circumstances of those we seek to encourage. Using a one-size-fits-all mentality would be inappropriate and likely result in frustration for all parties. However, I do appreciate how Welch makes the book accessible by providing these concrete examples instead of staying in the realm of abstract theory. Welch’s exhortation is simple and clear: as sinners who have experienced the power of the Gospel, we are free to both receive and give help to those that God has placed in our lives.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a free review copy of this book from Crossway.
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