Item description for Mood Tides: Divine Purpose in the Rhythms of Life by Ronald Arthur Horton...
Overview Mood Tides examines the nature of the self as seen by famous thinkers and then searches the Scriptures to discover God the Creator?s perspective.Ronald Horton explains that our emotional selves mirror God?s own being and that the rhythms of life are designed to help us experience and understand all that He wants us to learn. Accepting the heights and depths of emotion as natural and intended can free us to become the completed Christians that God desires us to be.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.81" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Mar 11, 2008
Publisher Bob Jones University Press
ISBN 1591667801 ISBN13 9781591667803
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Confronting our emotions Apr 3, 2008
Many Christians are taught that if one is depressed, then one is sinning, or in sin.
Yet God created humans to experience both joy and sorrow. Our emotions present spiritual opportunities as well as fleshly temptations.
Dr. Ronald Horton's book is a welcomed anecdote to those condemning a life with (persistent) sorrow.
In addition to defending depression as natural, Dr. Horton argues, as does John Piper, that God desires us to be happy. Our own good always coincides with God's plan.
Yet Mood Tides helpfully refocuses the discussion. For all the good advanced by the notion of Christian hedonism, it often devolves and becomes man-centered. Dr. Horton reminds us that we find our happiness by conforming ourselves to God's purpose.
By maintaining a God-centered life, we ensure difficult times don't cause us to lose faith as present circumstances may not be "happy."
Mood Tides challenges the received wisdom. So, Dr. Horton saturates his book with Scripture.
Each point is defended with numerous Biblical references. He also includes the major philosophies for illustration and completion.
Summary: Read this book. You may ultimately disagree with Horton. But Mood Tides is an engaging and essential read for both the Christian layperson and the professional counselor.