There’s more going on than you think. The problem is that we often only deal with the surface issues and think that settles it. That’s why Edward T. Welch’s new 145-page paperback book, What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? is crucial, if we really want to get to the core, the heart of why we’re troubled and having trouble. The author has written this piece for 15 to 25-year-olds, and has carefully made the whole subject quite accessible for almost any reader.
Welch approaches our troubledness, less from the arena of self-help, and more precisely from proper perception. He does this throughout What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? by leading the reader to persistently ask, and ruthlessly answer, three major questions in each problem: “Who is God? Who am I? Who are these people?” Our honest answers will expose where our anxiety, fear, lust for respectability and approval, etc., is coming from. He walks the reader carefully through various scenarios to help them practice proper perception, and to learn to discern what is really going on in the heart. One of the ways the author seeks to help his constituents is by making the book interactive. Peppered right through each chapter are places for reflection and introspection, answering questions, writing down thoughts, and formulating prayers.
As a matter of fact, the whole book is structured around these three questions. All of the brief 20 chapters are grouped within thematic sections that help the reader to move, step-by-step, into a better comprehension of how this all works. The first two chapters deal with “The Problem.” Then three through eight dive into “The Heart of the Matter.” Next, chapters nine to fourteen tackle “Who Is God?” Chapters fifteen, sixteen and seventeen decipher “Who Am I?” After this, eighteen and nineteen work the reader through “Who Are They?” And lastly, the end chapter addresses “Final Thoughts.”
The central, core premise of What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? is that we are all worshipers. The problem is that we are either off the track into false worship, or we are moving on the proper path with true worship. This comes out, for example in the area of anger, where Welch perceptively challenges the reader to “[t]rack down your anger and you will discover what you worship” (44). He goes further, pushing us to examine why we fight and quarrel and what this says of us; “Underneath our quarrels are our desires — the things that we love. And whenever we love our desires, we hate God” (46). Needless to say, the author wants his readership to take the issues seriously, for only then can we begin to find remedial help.
What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? can be a useful tool for not only 15 to 25-year-olds, but folks in any stage of life. It would be ideal for youth group studies, as well as counseling session. Welch has done a fine job of giving people a valuable book to help them successfully answer the critical questions of life, and come out on top. I highly recommend the book.
What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life
Edward T. Welch
New Growth Press (2011)