Does anyone else out there get angry? We all have personal life and family situations, church and community controversies, national issues, and global topics that ruffle our feathers. Constantly recurring and prolonged anger ruins our peace and harms us physically and spiritually.
With so much to make us angry, how do we keep our tempers under control? Don’t we even have a “right/duty” to be angry in some circumstances? True. Anger isn’t always bad. Even Jesus became angry. However, His anger did not produce sin or consume Him. Ours usually does, even crippling us from doing right.
How can we keep anger, even righteous anger, from consuming and controlling us? How can we help other people deal with anger? Come “check out” some great materials at The Family Vision Library.
Christian counselor Dr. Wayne Mack wrote Anger & Stress Management God’s Way. He calls anger a destroyer of both the angry person and the ones who bear the brunt of the anger. Mack will help you discern that important line between sinful and holy anger and then teach you how to use righteous anger constructively. This book has good news because “God gives us biblical ways to manage anger and stress.”
Or, read Gary Chapman’s Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way. He says most Christians focus on controlling anger without first getting to its root cause. Chapman is “convinced that our efforts at controlling anger will be much more effective if we have a clearer understanding of the source of anger.” He promises insights into why we get angry and what to do about it.
Maybe your anger stems directly from interactions with your own children. The authors of Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character…in You and Your Kids! begin this book with a satisfaction guarantee. They promise to help you reduce your anger with your kids through proven strategies that work. The discussion on selfishness at the beginning of this book brought to mind the Proverb that states contentions come from pride. This book could be a lifesaver for families with contentious situations.
Kids had a rough go these last few years when everything “normal” flipped upside-down. Care-free years of childhood exploration became worry-filled years of lock-downs and mask-covered faces. Have your children responded with anger?
Lou Priolo’s The Heart of Anger confronts this issue, but not with child psychology. The author applies “timeless wisdom revealed in God’s Word.” This book is “a basic tool kit” to help parents help angry children. He’ll also show parents how they may unknowingly provoke their children. A workbook is available, too. Priolo also wrote Getting a Grip, a practical handbook designed for angry teens. He recommends parents read it, too.
This troubled world would surely benefit if we could let go of anger, smile, and love more. I’ve got a good book picked out. Fortunately, like anger, there are enough books on the topic to go around! Waiting for one might make me angry…
Reading is Rewarding!
Request the following titles from the Family Vision Library here:
Anger & Stress Management God’s Way, by Dr. Wayne Mack
Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, by Gary Chapman
Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character…in You and Your Kids, by Scott Turansky
The Heart of Anger, by Lou Priolo
Getting a Grip, by Lou Priolo
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