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Tim LaHaye is founder and president of Family Life seminars, a national family ministry that organizes seminars throughout the country. In addition he was instrumental in founding the Institute for Creation Institute, an organization that forms debates on secular college campuses and produces a monthly magazine. He was president and founder of Christian Heritage College and San Diego Unified Christian School System. LaHaye has published many best-selling books, including How to Manage Pressure Before Pressure Manages You, How to Win Over Depression, The Act of Marriage, and The Coming of Peace in the Middle East --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What you need to know to control the emotion of anger and find healing for damaged relationships

Anger is something everyone struggles with--whether it’s our own emotion threatening to explode out of control or the anger of others that makes us feel intimidated and afraid. But when we understand where anger comes from, how it shows or doesn’t show, then we can do something about it. Either it will control us or we will control it, because Anger Is a Choice.

Best-selling authors Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips tell us what we need to know to control the emotion of anger. They not only examine it from beginning (its origins) to end (its effects), they also help us evaluate our own "Irritability Quotient" through the Anger Inventory and other exercises throughout the book.

In learning how to handle conflicts and anger, we are enabled to heal damaged relationships and help others deal with their anger as well. We can make our lives more peaceful, rewarding, and meaningful by putting anger in its proper place and under our own control.

Topics include: * Meet the angry family * Anger and body language * Anger and your health * Anger and your temperament * Is it ever right to be angry? * Anger and forgiveness * Anger in the Bible

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Updated edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310242835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310242833
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2003
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I have struggled with anger from the time I was a child. It's to the point now where I am desperate for change. It was that desperation that caused me to pick up this book. I loved the way the authors used real life examples and charts and diagrams. I also got so much out of the self-tests. The section on temperment was very eye opening for my personally. I definitely found my own temperment. But most of all, this book not only gives hope of real change, it lays out a process of getting there. The problem is neither quick nor easy, but it is possible. I recommend this book to anyone, Christian or not who has struggled with anger. I've read several books on the subject and this is one of the best books out there. It does not just deal with the symptoms of anger, but helps you get to the root cause of your anger. This is one book that I know I will refer to time and time again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
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"A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is his glory to overlook an offense." ~ Proverbs 19:11

Anger is a very damaging emotion. It could lead to your death or the death of someone you love. This is especially true when someone experiences out-of-control anger and they express their emotions physically.

Tim Lahaye and Bob Phillips explore all the ways anger manifests itself in society (media rage, school rage, sports rage) and briefly talk about how anger appears in more subtle forms like resentment and in body language.

To be honest this book is the most detailed account of anger I've ever read. There are also some excellent practical techniques for dealing with strong emotions.

One of the most interesting parts of this book is the section on how the four basic temperaments deal with anger. You will instantly recognize yourself or someone you love.

In the end "Anger is a Choice" is not about never feeling anger again it is about learning to deal with anger in a positive way. One of the things I've found most helpful in regard to anger is to immediately do something positive for the person you are angry with. In combination with conjuring up a feeling of love and forgiveness this will dissolve any anger you may have. It seems to me that love and negative emotions cannot reside in a body at the same time because love takes over. Negative emotions can also obviously ruin your health so they are to be avoided at all costs.

If you are struggling with anger then this book will also give you advice on how to find a good counselor. While the ideas in this book may be effective enough to get your anger under control there is something to be said for having someone to talk to about what you are feeling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Rebarchik on October 8, 2007
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Tim LaHaye gives a good understanding based on biblical perspectives to control of your anger. Anger is truly a choice and this book help you to understand why.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By onehotmomma on March 20, 2011
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If you are someone who is in the nasty habbit of getting easily annoyed or irritated with others, then this is the book for you! You will be shockingly surprised to learn that these are types of anger and that your anger is nothing more than that: a nasty HABBIT that can be reversed! Most angry people think that anger is just part of their personality or a natural (and even healthy) reaction to the stimulus of the world around them. Tim LaHaye teaches you this is not so! Anger is indeed a choice you make! I enjoy reading books by Tim LaHaye- he is very good. If you are not Christian, there may seem to be a lot of "preachy," born-again lingo and gospel subjects thrown in. But reguardless, they are ever-true principles, no matter what your may believe. He uses lots of examples from his own life and folks he councils professionally.
Tim suggests the most amazingly easy formula for those who feel like they've fallen "out of love" with their spouse. It's so simple you will laugh yourself silly once you see that it works.The answer lies in doing selfless acts of service and kind acts for your spouse (even when they don't reciprocate). This in turn stirs feelings of love and respect for the giver. Amazing. Beautiful.
This book is well written. I would recommend it to anyone who is ready to face their anger head-on and make a change for the better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hitesh Garach on February 22, 2009
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I have had an anger problem since my youth. This book has helped me tremendously in dealing with it righteously. It helped me see that my reaction to the disposition to "lose the handle" is ultimately my choice and I, with God's help, can control my temper. It is definitely worth reading this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bridges on February 22, 2014
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I have been dealing with a slight anger management issue toward a colleague for some time now. This book helped me get to the root of the issue and deal with it in a way that lines up with by Christian beliefs. Highly recommended.
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By D.S. on July 1, 2013
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I read this book in one day. It was written in such a way that was easy to read and simple to understand. It opened my eyes to the fact that there are many forms of anger. Frustration, criticism, irritability are all forms of anger. So the next time someone is acting frustrated, you can ask them..."What are you angry about right now..?" They may respond..."I'm not angry"...but at the root, they are angry at something or someone. Anger is an emotion that God gave us. It can be good or bad. A blessings or a curse. We have the power to choose which one will it be. I would recommend reading this book, because if you want different results, you MUST change your thinking. The only way to change your thinking is to receive new information. New Information=New Thinking=New Results. The fastest way to receive new thinking is through reading. Never stop investing in your thinking, it's your most valuable asset you have.
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