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Emotions by [Beynon, Graham]
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At last! A sane and sensitive book on emotion in the Christian life, an area where extremes prevail and balance is rare. There is something of huge value here both for touchy-feely believers and Christians who have scarcely allowed themselves to touch an emotion in years - as well as everyone in between. The section about ministry and emotion is especially valuable --Julian Hardyman, Senior Pastor, Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge

In a field prone to controversy and extreme attitudes, Graham Beynon has written an admirably balanced book. Solidly founded on a biblical framework of emotions, it provides a very practical approach to the place of feelings in everyday life and, in particular, in our Christian experience. I cannot think of a better book to understand, to appreciate and to recover the value and the joy of emotions --Pablo Martínez, psychiatrist, Bible teacher and author

Biblical Christianity no longer means leaving your brain at the door. Not only are logic and reason welcome, but here emotions and your heart are too. Learning from Jesus, this book explains how emotions affect how we sing, serve and even study God's Word. It challenges both quick answers and poor theology, explores stigma and encourages warmth. In today's reactive culture it brings a clear model and suggests helpful steps to take. --Dr Rob Waller, Director of Mind and Soul, and co-author of 'The Worry Book'

About the Author

Graham Beynon is the Minister of Grace Church, a plant in Cambridge, and previously he worked for churches in Leicester and Cambridge. He is the course director for TEAM (Training for East Anglia Ministry). He has written a number of books, including 'God's New Community' and 'Mirror, Mirror' (IVP). He and his wife, Charis, have three children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (15 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BTFYB5U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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We live in a culture that places a real premium on feelings. "If it feels good, then do it!" is a common attitude to life.

Graham challenges us to think Biblically about the role of feelings and emotion in the Christian life. Emotions are clearly a good thing, after all, Jesus had a wide range of emotion from joy to anger; the Psalms are dripping with songs of praise, petition and also despair; and the Apostle Paul can write to the Philippians to tell them to "Rejoice!"

If we're growing spiritually as Christians, then we should expect to see our emotions become more like Jesus'.

In the second half of the book, Graham covers: Emotions & the Bible, Emotions & Praise (this chapter alone is worth the price of the book- he argues that we should embrace emotion in our church services), Emotions & the church community, Christian Hedonism (John Piper and Desiring God, although not by name) and Feeling Down. In the chapter on feeling low, Graham doesn't deal much with depression but directs those affected to other resources.

This is a good balanced book. It's made me realise that I need God to give me, healthy Godly emotions, and that these are a normal part of my sanctification.

May it do the same for you.
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-Is it ever right for a Christian to get angry?
-What kinds of feelings should we encourage or expect in corporate worship?
-Can I control my own emotions?
-Should I become less emotional as I mature as a Christian?
-How can I help someone who is feeling 'down'?

These are the kinds of questions which this book addresses. We can easily be driven by our emotions; but on the other hand we can easily live in fear of them.

Graham Beynon has done an excellent job of showing, from the bible, how thought, feeling and action must go together. That's the character of Jesus. We are created to be emotional beings; however, in a culture where "the way that I feel" trumps everything, we need to learn how to keep emotions in their proper place.

Not every chapter is a mini-classic, and there are a few sections which could perhaps have been honed a little more. But all in all, this provides some balanced illumination on a neglected topic. There are also some great quotes from past masters like Jonathan Edwards and Isaac Watts.

The best chapter is on "Emotions and God's Praise", and is worth the price of the book. We are challenged to find emotion in praising God - but that we must find it in the right places: from the truth we're singing, rather than just from the music. The author also discusses the nature of emotional manipulation in praise and worship, and how to detect and avoid it.

"We don't want singing that is either heartless or mindless."
"We want our feelings to come because of the truth, not the music. The music should be an aid to my feeling, not the source."

Spot on.
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An excellent book. Very easy to read, not too heavy even though he is dealing with some complex stuff. I found it very helpful and insightful. Gives a rounded look at how we should view our emotions. Good reading for all Christians - not just those who think of themselves as being especially 'emotional'. Also worth reading if you are a leader or leader of a small group as a way of better understanding how people can respond differently to events/church etc. The chapter on the emotions Jesus experienced really made me think.
Highly recommended!
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Very clearly written and has a very balanced viewpoint that addresses both sides of the spectrum-those who are ruled too much by their emotions and those who find it difficult to express or feel emotion.
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By Tania on 12 Dec. 2013
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bought it for my fiance for christmas, arrived promptly, looks awesome! tempted to have a sneaky read before i give it to him...
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