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Anger: Discovering Your Spiritual Ally [Paperback]

By Andrew D. Lester (Author)
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Shows the reader how to understand anger so that it will be helpful, not hurtful, to Christian life. Challenges misconceptions about anger that have followed Christians for centuries. Author says that anger occurs when you, or those people or things close to you, are threatened.

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Is it okay to get angry? Andrew Lester thinks it is, and in this accessibly written book he shows the reader how to understand anger so that it will be helpful, not hurtful, to Christian life. Lester, a popular professor and author, challenges misconceptions about anger that have followed Christians for centuries. By comparing the research of psychologists and sociologists with the teachings of Christianity, Lester uncovers a basic truth: anger occurs when you, or those people or things close to you, are threatened. Lester explores the biblical teachings about anger, focusing on the destructiveness of the dark side of anger as well as the creativity that can result from appropriate anger. Anger must be faced, he says, or it will become destructive. He shows how to face your anger and also how to know when it is time to get help.

From Publishers Weekly
Anger is unavoidable and perfectly natural, according to Lester, professor of pastoral theology and pastoral counseling at Brite Divinity School. As part of what God created and called good in Genesis, anger is only wrong or sinful when used in destructive rather than creative ways. In this primer on the subject, Lester explores frequently misinterpreted biblical narratives about God, Jesus and anger, and provides a six-step process for recognizing, naming, evaluating and using creatively that emotion most of us wish would go away. Anger occurs when our values, self-understanding, physical being or future hopes and dreams are threatened, says Lester. Using illustrative stories from the Bible and contemporary life, he makes a convincing case for his "threat model." As is true with any one-size-fits-all answer, however, the model gets stretched thin occasionally ("When the Jews came to arrest Jesus in the Garden, Peter felt his investment in Jesus and his mission were threatened"). Nonetheless, the book-written in clear and nontechnical language, with frank descriptions of the inappropriate ways people express anger, as well as suggestions for using it as an ally instead-will help readers from a Christian background understand, befriend and use their anger creatively. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Anger: Discovering Your Spiritual Ally by Andrew D. Lester has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 08/26/2008 page 40
  • Publishers Weekly - 03/12/2007 page 55

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 3, 2007
ISBN  0664224997  
ISBN13  9780664224998  

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More About Andrew D. Lester

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Andrew D. Lester was Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of several books, including "Hope in Pastoral Care and Counseling", "Pastoral Care with Children in Crisis", and "The Angry Christian", all published by WJK.

Andrew D. Lester has published or released items in the following series...
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Excellent book about how a Christian should view anger  Sep 24, 2007
This fairly short book (120 pages) is packed with accessible information about anger and the Christian's response to their own anger. Rather than making a blanket statement that anger is wrong, Andrew Lester shows why it is important (as a reaction to a perceived threat), how we can use it, with examples of both Jesus and God being angry in the Bible, as well as offering processes to deal with anger creatively. I found the insight into what causes anger to be fascinating and very helpful in understanding myself and others. There are lots of examples from everyday lives which help to illustrate his points and overall the book is a very worthwhile read. Furthermore, despite being an American book he gives few examples that don't work in British culture and writes in a tolerant and engaging style which works well over here.

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