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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A moving, important book 9 May 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"If you have ever found yourself so angry with God that you have lost the ability to pray, you may have been standing on the threshold of a new level of faith, although it may have felt more like a breakdown than a breakthrough at the time." -Ian Punnet, How to Pray When You are Pissed at God.

Despite its controversial title Ian Punnet's book is totally sincere. It really is about how to pray when you are so angry at God that you have lost the ability to pray. In his years serving as a Chaplain, Punnet, who is an ordained Episcopal Deacon, relates that the most common terminology people used when they were angry at God was, "I am really pissed at God!" That's why the title reads as it does. The beauty of this book is that Punnet removes the shame of feeling this way by pointing out that at least 18 of the 150 Psalms in the Holy Bible are known as "curse psalms," where the psalmist is literally cursing at God for their misfortune. Many more psalms are known as songs of lament, more unhappy sentiments about God from the psalmists. In other words, the Bible itself has an ancient tradition of dialoguing with God when we are angry at God.

In two unforgettably moving chapters of this book, he relates actual anger prayers directed at God by people who shared them on his website, or from what he heard from those he counseled as a Chaplain.. One look at the topics leaves no question as to the source of each person's anger: "The angry prayer from an addict and a black sheep," an angry prayer from a woman who has to start over again." ...from somebody losing their neighborhood to crime, for the victims of terrorism, for someone fighting terminal illness, for the abusers of children, and so on.

The beautiful aspect of this book is that those people are still praying to God. They haven't cut off their conversation with God just because they are pissed at Him. They are talking their way through it, expressing their raw emotions, and daring God to accept them where they are. As Punnet says again and again in his much-needed book, God can handle our anger.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Who Knew? 14 May 2013
By Donna M - Published on
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I strongly recommend Ian Punnett's How to Pray When You're Pissed at God or Anyone Else for That Matter, no matter what your faith background, including one of choosing to have no faith.

Growing up in a loving, Christian home, I never doubted that God could handle my anger and help me find a way to deal with my fears and frustrations. However, I would never have said the "p" word and truly felt most times, I had so much to be thankful for, I really had no reason to be angry or frustrated enough to cry out to God in a prayer.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Ian's book and found it hard to put down. I find myself going back to reread some of the psalms in his book. This book is filled with stories from folks hurting due to a variety of circumstances and their (or Ian's) heartfelt prayers in response to that pain or anger. The prayers spoke to me on a more personal level than I expected. I appreciated the raw emotions that are expressed through prayer, emotions I personally would very rarely, if ever, feel comfortable saying, much less praying, aloud.

I first heard Ian on the radio and was intrigued when he would mention his seminary experiences as he was in process of becoming an Episcopalian deacon. Over the years, I have been impressed with his sincerity and wisdom as we worked together on behalf of families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House. In my mind, the way Ian lives his life adds to his credibility as a student of the Bible and the author of this book.

I am surprised to say I use it as a quick reference during my devotions. I frequently use the Appendix of Psalms in the final chapter, which contains each of the psalms used earlier in the book now stated in their original form without modification.

I strongly recommend this book whether you are angry or are just curious. I believe regardless of your perspective, you will find it filled with thought-provoking ideas and powerful, gut-wrenching, prayers.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
How to live a better life 7 May 2013
By Keith McAllister - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ian Punnett has written a book which is really more of a gift to all of us. Who isn't pissed at God, at least some of the time? And how do you think about God, much less pray, when you're pissed at Him? That's a question for the church-going of any sort, the rarely religious, and the fully lapsed if not deeply antagonistic.
Full disclosure: Ian is a dear friend. But I would tell you that this book is like the man, himself... An unfailingly generous, unflinchingly honest, and enormously gratifying experience. Life regularly makes no sense or worse and I'm regularly pissed at God. So how to go on? As always, Ian helps us move toward gratitude, smell the roses, and start to fulfill our promises, whether that's a promise to a higher power or any other kind. If you're looking for that kind of revelation, read this book.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
God can handle our anger... 8 May 2013
By earl - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book's title may make it seem combative or hostile but that's not the case at all.

In my experience, books dealing with the struggles of the Christian walk are too often stuffy and unapproachable. That's the opposite with this book.

It is written in a conversational way with plenty of humor that makes it easy to reference and share.

The modern prayers are adaptable to so many of the struggles we face as believers and are presented in a way we can all identify with.

And let's face it, anger is natural and God realizes we're human with human emotions...he created us in his image after all.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Eye opening! 20 May 2013
By Teresa Layne - Published on
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Sometimes I need to be reminded that God is my closest friend and that I should talk to him as my closest friend and not just as an unseen powerful creator. In a world that grows angrier by the day, where stress is taking its toll on everyone, Ian Punnett shows us how to pray out our anger and emotions to get to a better healthier place. I recommend reading this with an open mind and open heart to see the truth in Ian's words.
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