The Cry of the Soul: Now Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepset Questions about God Paperback – 1 Jul 1994
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Open a window into your heart. So often we find ourselves caught between extremes. Either we feel too much or not at all. We tend to ignore our feelings or fight them off as if they were an enemy. But all emotion, whether positive or negative, can give us a glimpse of the true nature of God. We want to control our negative emotions and dark desires. God wants us to recognize them as the cry of our soul to be made right with Him. Beginning with the Psalms, Dr. Dan Allender and Dr. Tremper Longman III explore what Scripture says about our darker emotions. In this groundbreaking work they reveal that often our attempts to control our emotions, far from an attempt to be Christlike, are really a form of rebellion against God or an attempt to flee from him.
About the Author
Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry. Joni is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Joni, Diamonds in the Dust, Heaven, When God Weeps, and A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for over 30 years. For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org
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It is refreshing, in that there is no theology here, but rather jewels of inspiration which reveal the hidden depths of our selves. Not only is it thought provoking, but it is a life-changing book. It is a mirror through which we can see ourselves in honest and open ways. There is nothing trite or simplistic in the book; neither is it hard going or intellectual. Nevertheless, it is a volume of wonderment and exploration. It thrilled me that the writers are so open emotionally, and through their own experiences also throw light onto our sometimes fragile and hurting souls. It is a book of immense comfort, insight and healing. It doesn't 'waffle' or repeat itself to fill in space as some books do, but each page is packed with wisdom and Godly advice.
If I could only own three books besides the Bible - this would be one of them. The authors have written a masterpiece of beautiful thoughts and words, touched I believe, with the hand of God in its caring nature. It answers the cry of the soul in each one of us leaving no emotion untouched, which in turn draws us nearer to the God who hears our cries for wholeness.
Found it difficult to follow which particular author was saying what, so didn't flow as easily as other books. Also didn't quote or use the psalms as much as I expected from the 'blurb'. But it did help in some respects.
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I discovered a few years ago that I was a really angry person and that I hurt people when I was angry. Solution? Avoid anger no matter what.
Not so fast! Allender and Longman point out that emotions are God-given, a gift from our Creator. And while it is true that our emotions have been corrupted by our sinful nature, they actually have a divine purpose. Cutting ourselves off completely from our emotions will hinder our spiritual growth and short-circuit our relationship to God.
Well that wasn't exactly news I was overjoyed to hear. I have spent considerable time and effort teaching myself to be unemotional. Now I learn that, not only have I been wasting my time, I have been at cross-purposes with God. At least Allender and Longman have provided me with some tools to get myself straightened-out. (I really didn't think I was doing all that great anyway.)
But now I can do better, and so can you. I can let these emotions draw me closer to the Lord and my fellow humans. We have the technology and it's in this book!
1) Will I obey the Bible if it requires me to leave my comfort zone?
2) How close do I want to get with God?
This is a book about really dealing with God in all of life. Here's why it's a cruical book: there are more palms of complaint (lament/argument) than any other type of Psalm. The Hebrew title to the book of Psalm is "Book of Public Praises." But this is not what WE call worship! In the midst of all the talk about what it means to worship God, you never hear the honest and biblical perspective that Allender and Longman present. God knows your heart, why won't you engage with him the way the Psalmist did- the way God directs us to?! This is not a book about corporate worship per se, this book is broader. It's about life in relationship with God (I think that's still worship). Tired of being numb? Grow up or reside in a church that just doesn't seem completely real? Not able to be continue pretending you are "just great." Want to have a real relationship with God. Read the book!
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