In this groundbreaking book, David Powlison reframes the universal problem of anger through an in-depth exploration of God's anger and ours. Full of practical help for all who struggle with how to respond when life goes wrong, Good and Angry sets readers on a path toward the faithful and fruitful expression of anger.
This helpful book focuses on the topic of anger, and discusses the issue in four main sections. First, we are shown that anger is something we all struggle with, even if it manifests differently in each of us. There is then a second section discussing what anger is. This would be helpful for a counsellor or pastor, but the average reader may be tempted to skip over this to head towards the crux of the book. The third section presents an alternative to anger, which is described as the 'constructive displeasure of mercy'. We are reminded that it is right to be displeased, even angry, at injustice. Yet the author argues that we must channel that anger into a constructive act, whilst displaying mercy to the victim and the perpetrator through patience, forgiveness, charity and constructive conflict. Finally, the book examines four key areas of anger: anger at major wrongs, day to day anger, anger with oneself, and anger with God. On the whole, this book is a little longer than it needs to be for the average churchgoer, but the chapters they might skip will be of benefit to pastors and counsellors. It's insightful and challenging throughout, with key points helpfully illustrated through examples the reader can relate to. A worthwhile read.
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