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The Emotions God Gave You: A Guide for Catholics to Healthy and Holy Living Paperback – Apr 2011

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Emotions such as anger or sadness or desire arise within us, often without our directly willing them. But we are still free to choose how we respond to them. How can we better understand our God-given emotions and manage them so that we gain the emotional equilibrium and healthy balance we need to take charge of our lives, grow closer to Christ, and share in the joy of his love? In this insightful and easy-to-read book, Catholic therapist Art Bennett and his wife Laraine explain how our emotions affect us and how our thoughts, attitudes, and behavior can affect our emotions. In a conversational way, the authors address these and other questions. Outlines the Catholic understanding of emotions. Uses real-life examples of people dealing with emotional issues. Helps us see how managing our emotions can lead to healthier relationships with others as well as growth in virtue and a closer relationship with the Lord. Includes questions for reflection and prayer at the end of each chapter.

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HASH(0x89d3d8a0) out of 5 stars A wonderful resource! 20 Jun. 2011
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This is the best book I have read on this subject. It is rare to find a resource that incorporates sound psychology and philosophy with faith, but this book does it. I found this book easy and enjoyable to read, and unlike other books on emotions, it was quite substantive. I would highly recommend this book to anyone as an excellent resource on emotions and holy living.
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HASH(0x8ac0fee8) out of 5 stars Excellent Information 28 Aug. 2011
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The Emotions God Gave You: A Guide for Catholics to Healthy and Holy Living

This has been an excellent book to read with a lot of information that I can apply to my own life as I attempt to deal with my temperment. I have some answers that explain why I do some of the things I do and how I might deal better in certain situations. I am sure I will read it again and will also recommend it to others that I know.
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HASH(0x8ac2aa08) out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 17 Sept. 2011
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I love this book and have recommended it to several friends. When I first received my copy in the mail, I devoured it in a day and a half, enjoying the clear, well organized writing style I've come to appreciate after reading the Bennett's books on temperaments. Afterwards, I found myself revisiting certain passages and eventually reread the entire book from cover to cover, savoring the gems and nuggets found in each chapter. This slim and pithy volume by Art and Laraine Bennett is remarkably deep and thought provoking, taking the reader further than the 142 pages would suggest. If I could afford it, I'd keep a stack of this book in the trunk of my car to hand out to family, friends, and acquaintances. In the meantime, I think I'll order at least one more copy to give to the pastor of our parish who might find insights for counseling or homilies, all from a soundly Christian perspective. I highly recommend this book!
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HASH(0x8b40f5d0) out of 5 stars Emotions God Gave You 4 Oct. 2011
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This is a wonderful book if you are ready to read, listen, and make necessary changes to the way YOU live your life... it's not about changing others, it's about how you yourself can deal with the rest of the world you encounter.
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HASH(0x8b6f0b34) out of 5 stars A must for teachers and parents! 27 Mar. 2012
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An important book for parents and teachers. We have consistently trained our minds to rely more on emotions as a basis for acting, rather than the healthier alternative of subjecting the emotions to the light of reason. Could it be a result of the pervasive (in homes and classrooms) "Responsible" parenting programs like P.E.T. and S.T.E.P.S., that essentially arms parents and teachers with communication techniques that train the child to get in touch with and consult their feelings to make independent unguided decisions? The fallout (Chapter 9): the soul is blinded, we become wearied--and even tortured--by our mood changes and insistent desires, our will becomes weak, we lose our focus, and our conscience is deformed (my addition). In the last chapters, the authors give the remedy as the lifelong work of detaching ourselves from disordered passions with love to achieve true balance and happiness. To get practical (my addition) there is the proven practice of the "daily examen" (a valuable thing to teach kids): 5 easy steps? 1. Give thanks to God. 2. Ask God for an insight and a strength that will make the examen a work of grace, fruitful beyond my human capacity alone. 3. With my God, I review the day. I look for the stirrings in my heart and the thoughts that God has given me this day. I look also for those that have not been of God. I review my choices in response to both and throughout the day in general. 4. I ask for the healing touch of forgiveness. 5. I look to the following day and, with God, plan concretely how to live it in accord with God's loving desire for my life The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today. Thank you for writing this valuable book on emotions for parents and teachers!
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