Our emotions are complex. Some of us seem able to ignore our feelings, while others feel controlled by them. But most of us would admit that we don’t always know what to do with how we feel.
The Bible teaches us that our emotions are an indispensable part of what makes us human—and play a crucial role in our relationships with God and others. Exploring how God designed emotions for our good, this book shows us how to properly engage with our emotions—even the more difficult ones like fear, anger, shame, guilt, and sorrow—so we can better understand what they reveal about our hearts and handle them wisely in everyday moments.
This was an excellent read, full of the practical wisdom and applied theology I'd expect from counsellors and authors, Winston Smith and Alasdair Groves. Each page is packed full of gospel-centred truth and hope to help us navigate the often difficult area of our emotional lives. The book is divided into three helpful sections 1) Understanding emotions 2) Engaging emotions 3) Engaging the hardest emotions The authors provide an opening theology of emotions which display part of our image-bearing status before a feeling God. Groves & Smith, engage wisely with the culture around us which tends towards being led by emotions but also warns against a stoic approach to dealing with emotions too. The book provides a brilliant balance of understanding the reality and power of peoples' experience of emotions with what is biblically right and true / wrong and false in that experience. There are many illustrations given to show the practical application of what they write based on many years of counselling experience from both authors at CCEF. There authors also share examples from their own lives which really adds to the very real and personal nature of the book. Most importantly, the book views the subject of emotions through the lens of scripture and it is Christ centred on every page. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed. They get right to the heart of emotions which is both challenging at a personal level and helpful when walking along side others.
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