Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for Those Angry Feelings That Ruin Relationships Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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Chip Ingram is the president and teaching pastor for Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. His passion is to help everyday Christians actually live like Christians by raising the bar of discipleship. A pastor for over twenty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and winsomely challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is author of ten books, including God: As He Longs for You to See Him; The Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four children and six grandchildren and live in Georgia. Becca Johnson, PhD, is a writer and speaker and has been a licensed psychologist for twenty years. Her life's work is to help people overcome negative experiences and emotions in order to more fully enjoy God's love. The author of books on guilt and child abuse, Dr. Johnson has conducted counselor training in ten different countries and is currently in private practice in Washington State, where she lives with her husband, Lloyd, and their four children. The Johnsons have also served overseas as missionaries.
From the Back Cover
Constructive Ways to Handle Destructive Emotions
We all struggle with angry feelings, brought on by tension, pressure, and the blocked goals and frustrations of day-to-day life. The broken and stressed relationships that result from these feelings can overwhelm us. But now there's help.
Well-known teacher and speaker Chip Ingram teams up with psychologist and author Dr. Becca Johnson in this encouraging and practical book to show how many emotions both lead to anger and follow from it. Their message is clear: as we deal with anger, we deal with the primary cause for all destructive emotions.
With the help of this useful book, you too can overcome those emotions that destroy.
"I loved this book! From the searing first sentence, it delivers on its promise to lay bare the common failings of the human heart."--Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and Holy Available
"Practical . . . practical . . . practical! That's what makes this book so powerful. For anyone who has struggled . . . is struggling . . . or will struggle with the stranglehold of anger, this book is a must-read."--June Hunt, founder and CEO, Hope for the Heart; author of Counseling through Your Bible Handbook
"Practical, biblical, and compellingly engaging. Overcoming Emotions That Destroy not only gives us the what and why of anger, but it also shows us how to deal with this powerful emotion."--Dr. Crawford W. Loritts Jr., speaker and author of Leadership as an Identity
Chip Ingram is the president and teaching pastor for Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. He is the author of ten books, including God: As He Longs for You to See Him; The Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships.
Becca Johnson, PhD, is a writer and speaker and has been a licensed psychologist for twenty years. The author of books on guilt and child abuse, Dr. Johnson has conducted counselor training in ten different countries and is currently in private practice in Washington State.
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Among the topics covered include:
1. Different ways people express their anger (spewers, stuffers, leakers).
2. Anger is only the secondary emotion - the real issue is deeper.
3. Why we get angry (frustration, unmet needs, esteem, etc.).
4. We have the choice to be or not to be angry.
5. Not all anger is bad - even Jesus Christ got angry.
6. How we can let God work in and through us to deal with anger (be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger).
7. How we can learn to deal with anger - minimize stress (hurrying around and being too busy can cause us to be angry - I struggle with this at times) and maximizing God in your life (see Him for Who He is and that He is able to help you deal with your anger).
8. Ways to be angry in constructive ways - be angry at the right things, express your anger but do not lose your temper, deal with the issue instead of attacking the person, resolving your anger appropriately.
The book is a great read. I appreciated the fact that both authors describe their own struggles with anger.
As mentioned earlier, I tend to get angry the most when overly busy or rushed. While improvements have certainly been made in this area, there is room for improvement. Also, as a Christian, I have to remind myself that anger is sometimes an appropriate reaction (when expressed appropriately). Jesus Christ got angry at times in the Bible, but He expressed it appropriately.
Read, be encouraged, learn what is appropriate to be angry about, and learn to express that angry in a godly manner.
I have to be honest. Reading this book will be painful at times. It forces you to take a hard look and what you may see is not always pretty. This book will also humble you. This is hands down, one of the best Christian books on anger that I've ever read. I have read several other books by Chip Ingram, and they are all top notch. He really does his homework and more importantly, he is faithful to Scripture.
Another excellent resource on the subject of anger is "Anger: A Woman's Forbidden Emotion" by H Norman Wright and Gary Oliver