This meditative and devotional book traces iterations of the priestly job description throughout the Bible, helping believers discover their identity as royal priests who were created to draw near to God.
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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 includeWhen 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, andSide by Side. He blogs regularly at CCEF.org.
What People are Saying About This
“You have your grace books and your older holiness books. At times, they exist in two different worlds. Not for Ed Welch. In a book full of rich insights that link the Old and New Testaments, Welch paints a picture of holiness and intimacy with God that makes you want to be holy. He widens our view of holiness, working to craft it into a vision of beauty. You’ll want to obey after reading this book.”
Paul E. Miller,author, A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life
“Scripture is a strange book that tells a different story about who we are. It feels strange to hear that priesthood is a key theme of our identity in this life, so full of work stress, broken relationships, and personal failure. But Welch shows us that being near to God, secured by the priestly work of our Lord Jesus Christ, is what we were made for. This book will help you see yourself in this strange, wonderful light.”
Jeremy Pierre,Dean of Students, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
“There is no greater human longing than for relational intimacy. This is because we are created for intimacy with our Creator and others. Sin destroys this intimacy, and the gospel restores it. The best news we will ever hear is that the perfectly holy God invites us into table fellowship as his adopted children. By faith every believer has full access as priests to boldly approach the throne of grace. Ed Welch offers great help in understanding these astounding results of the finished work of our Great High Priest. I hope this book has a great influence in encouraging God’s people to seize our priestly privileges in Christ.”
K. Erik Thoennes, Professor and Chair of Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; Elder of Congregational Life, Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada, California
“‘You are a royal priest. That reality will change how you live.’ With this huge claim, Ed Welch introduces Created to Draw Near. I wanted to be persuaded, but I was doubtful. My doubts have now been blown away. How did I not see the significance and influence of this truth before? This book will indeed change the way you live by changing your view of God, yourself, and the gospel.”
David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“I treasure Ed Welch’s writings. I don’t know another counselor who can write a book like thisEd has built for us a rich biblical theology of God’s presence. Created to Draw Near helped me to understand my Old Testament better, and it grew my love for Jesus as Savior and High Priest of my soul.”
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
“When some writers and preachers today suggest that the gospel is only about forgiveness, Ed Welch reminds us that it is also good news that God brings us into a life of holiness.”
Gerald R. McDermott, Anglican Chair of Divinity and Director of the Institute of Anglican Studies, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; coauthor,The Theology of Jonathan Edwards
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Many People like to keep God at a safe distance. In Created To Draw Near, Ed Welch uses 40 short, meditative chapters to trace iterations of the priestly job description from the garden of Eden to the heavenly city. Believers will discover their identity as royal priests and learn what it means that they were created to be made holy as they draw near to God and receive his lavish hospitality.
Even though the author was new to me, I was excited to read this due to the title. The overall premise as the title states is that we've been created to draw near to God. This book over 38 'sections' walks through the Bible and demonstrates how God drew near to His people and accordingly, enabled them to connect with Him. As the subtitle refers to the role of 'priests' much of the book reflects on this role and once again, how priests had the responsibility of providing a 'way' to God, as they do presently. However, I kinda felt this was a bit too laboured a point and it didn't add anything much to my perspective on we all having a role to play as 'priests'. I found this book a struggle to read. It reads like a textbook with a lot of historical and biblical facts being outlined. I felt there was a lack of 'story' that would have made the 'facts' much more interesting to read. There were many times I wanted to stop reading it and found I could only read a few pages at a time. On finishing the book my overall emotion was relief. I expect if you've read more of Welch's work you might be used to his style and so enjoy this one. However, I find I'm unable to recommend it. Thank you to Crossway for providing me with this pre-release version of the book via NetGalley.