How many times today have you been irritated? Frustrated?
While you might not think about it often, if you look closely at any day most everyone can find anger in their actions and attitudes. Something spills or goes missing, we get stuck in traffic or someone cuts us off on the road, or we feel like the people we live and work with are only making our lives more difficult. And while no one wants to get angry, what happens when our irritations and frustrations rise yet again?
Anger is so common-yet it also hurts. It not only leaves a mark on us, but it also leaves a marks on others. The wounds we inflict on ourselves and others because of anger-loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships-give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and think carefully about how to grow in peace and patience.
But if you, like many others, have just gotten irritated for the umpteenth time today, you might wonder if change is possible. Can anyone truly find peace? The answer is yes, but you will need a plan. Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a fifty-day journey that unpacks anger while encouraging and teaching readers to respond with patience to life's difficulties. Readers will also be introduced to Jesus, the key to any plan for change. Known as the Prince of Peace, he is the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.
~ My Review ~
"To be human is to get angry."
I'm the first to admit that I have anger issues. Over the years, whenever I feel it threatening to bubble up, I've learned to take deep breaths and count to five. Thankfully, it's never resulted in violence but words carry lasting impacts. Some days are better than others. So I was so excited to get my hands on this book to learn how to channel my emotions properly. This is a 50 day guide that lets the reader internalize the effects that anger has on themselves and others, and finding root causes of anger. While I read this in a few days and connected with his message, I'd like to go back and truly focus on each chapter/day for the full 50 days.
I recommend this for anyone seeking to better their emotions but to let God in and let Him comfort and ease our frustrations. I connected with this statement, "The rule is this: wherever you start—anger, guilt, selfish desire, contrition, or a desire to reform yourself—end with God and his goodness."
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review. However, these thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm not required to write a positive review.***
About the Author
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions.
Find out more about Edward at http://stores.newgrowthpress.com.
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