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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line; New edition (July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576831809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576831809
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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

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Format: Hardcover
I only keep a few Christian books as well as the Bible, and of the few I keep, 'The Cry of the Soul' is one of them. It is one of the most intensely beautiful and thought-revealing books which explores our emotions through the inspiration of the Psalms.
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.
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I expected to like this book and there are parts that are helpful. I have studied psyc & theology and am comfortable with "God-talk". My dislike for the book is because the authors make insightful statements and then link them to simplistic assertions about the way we question God. Their psychology rings true but their theology dinks disappointingly. Useful for preachers wanting psychological insight and if you are happy to follow their train of thought. I read this in the Logos version.
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I have been on a spiritual journey following major upheavals and tragedy in my life. This book was quite good but not as helpful as others - Larry Crabb and John Eldredge.
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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HASH(0x92e2bfd8) out of 5 stars Encouragement for Struggling Sojourners 4 Nov. 1998
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This is an excellent book, it reveals through the Psalms how our angry questions directed at God reveal the depth of our battle with Him. It shows how are emotions lead us to the reality that the world is fallen and tragic and that we are far from home - something we would rather run away from. Its premise is that every emotion is a theological statement, that all dark emotions are rooted in our reactive response (flight) to being out of the Garden, out of fellowship with God, and our aggressive response (fihgt) in attempting to regain access to Eden. It clearly and sensitively deals with emotions like despair, sorrow, sadness, anger, fear, jealously and envy - showing that these are mirrors to our soul and also, reflections of the nature of a God. It invites ther reader to deal honestly with his or her emotions, to rise from despair and hopelessness to the mystery and miracle of godly sorrow, repentance, gratitude and worship. This is not secular pop psychology, but a thoroughly biblically based 'guide' to ourselves and our longings for meaningful relationships and ultimately, how all desire points to a hunger for God's redemption, healing and reconciliation. Hope for the hurting, wisdom for anyone wanting to be signposts to a holy and loving Creator God.
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92e33420) out of 5 stars Avoid the Pain! 29 July 2006
By Steve Lee, Sr. - Published on
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Anger, fear, jealousy, despair. These are bad emotions, right? These are emotions to be avoided at all costs, right?

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!
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93b0793c) out of 5 stars Geography of the Soul 12 Jan. 2000
By Keith J. Shuler - Published on
Format: Paperback
The soul is said to be the place where human emotions reside. It is the place that reacts or responds to the vertical or horizontal affects of God and society. The emotion is also said to be the link that connects the inner world with the outer world. But if the emotional make up is so active and influenced by God and man how can we as christians learn the language of the soul and communicate that language in a society that shuns reliance on emotion? Well, all these questions and more are answered in this ground breaking book. Discover how God invites His children to be respectfully honest with how they feel. Learn how to deal with the Emotional Struggles of life that seem contrary to "good christian ethics" from God's OWN Word, the Psalms. These writings in the Bible amplify the battle man faces with anger, pain, plea for justice, shame, envy and how they discoverd the goodnes of God in a "strange land". This book is for anyone wishing to face what they feel and gain a fresh perspective into the CRY OF THE SOUL.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92e332b8) out of 5 stars Deep and insightful 8 Mar. 2007
By S. Folker - Published on
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I have read many books about how emotions affect our emotional and spiritual health. These authors bring a completely new spin as to the role that anger, despair, fear, contempt, and various other "negative" emotions play in our spiritual journey. As a mental health counselor, I meet many people who want to "fix" these feelings, demanding to be happy. I find most Christians look at these negative emotions as straight from Hell, and not allowed. This book - focusing on the Psalms -reveals how "dark" emotions are vital because they raise questions - questions that will either drive us to God or away from God. It is a must read for anyone truly desiring a richer walk with God.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92e33dbc) out of 5 stars At last a biblical book about real worship! 22 Feb. 2004
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Format: Paperback
This is on of those "beginning of the rest of your life" books. Before you read this book you have to ask yourself
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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