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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (May 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664224997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664224998
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. (May)
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About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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By Lebby on October 20, 2011
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Use this book in a Master's program in spiritual counseling. Great book with lots of insight on dealing with different situtions. The book was mandatory for my class; however, I am glad it is now a part of my collection of books.
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