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Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for Those Angry Feelings That Ruin Relationships Paperback – 1 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801072395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801072390
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,118,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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Really good read with clear advice and everyday applications to dealing with an issue that can harm every facet of your life.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Emotions That Destroy 10 Feb. 2011
By Michael Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Overcoming Emotions That Destroy" by Chip Ingram and Becca Johnson is a very readable and timely book on the topic of anger and how it affects you and those around you.

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.

Recommended.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life changer 13 May 2012
By LMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Chip Ingram and Becca Johnson have chosen to tackle a subject that very few Christians are willing to discuss: anger. It is an emotion that we all experience, but very few of us, myself include, know how to express it in a healthy and constructive way. All too often, anger can lead to broken relationships, hurt feelings, saying and doing things we later regret, and other unhealthy and sinful behaviors. I believe that anger is one of the biggest struggles in my life. I have made progress, but I still express anger in hurtful and sinful ways more often than I care to admit. There are very few good Christians books out there that deal with the topic of anger honestly. Most of the time, there is little advice beyond "Just don't get angry." But Chip Ingram and Becca Johnson make the very valid point that sometimes anger is a good thing. Anger isn't good or bad. It is just an emotion. A powerful one yes, but all anger is not sinful. If you struggle in the area of anger. If you struggle to understand and identify anger, then this book is for you. But this book doesn't offer quick fixes. But it does offer real-life, practical solutions to dealing with anger. Both men and women who struggle with anger will benefit from reading this book. Honestly, I wish I had read this book years ago.

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
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 29 May 2009
By GLT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It's really mostly about anger; not sure why the publisher went with the more general "emotions." Chip and Becca do a marvelous job of tackling a troubling and sometimes mysterious emotion, showing us what's really at stake, applying biblical truth, and providing an insightful, practical and wise guide to make anger an ally instead of an enemy. This would be a great small group study or sermon series.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Emotions Review 23 Oct. 2009
By Colin James - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must read that you will want to keep as a reference book for your life. Everyone has anger issues, and many of us have issues we are not fully aware of. This book will give you a simple but effective road map out of the dysfunctional patterns of dealing with anger which have sabotoged your life. It has done so with me and I highly recommend it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 24 Dec. 2010
By SimplyJoy - Published on Amazon.com
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What a well written and very hard hitting book! I'm a fairly introspective person and pride myself on knowing what I'm thinking and feeling and why but this book pointed out some things to me that I hadn't really thought about before! I guess it has been somewhat of a humbling experience and has opened my eyes to some of the bad habits that I have and the issues that I have with anger. Chip and Becca work well together in writing this book and are very direct but loving in their approach to helping the reader deal with their personal issues and I think they could not have written it any better! Very good book!
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