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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400204828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400204823
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Schreve passionately communicates God's Word to connect people with Jesus Christ and experience His love and plan for their lives. He is pastor of First Baptist Texarkana and founder of From His Heart Ministries, a national and international radio and television ministry. Jeff holds a BA in Business Administration (UT-Austin) and M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter.

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Jeff Schreve is a passionate communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (1984), with a degree in Business Administration. After spending twelve years in sales, God called Jeff to preach.

He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in December of 2000 with a Master of Divinity degree. He served as Pastor of Membership and Missions at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX from 1997 to 2003. He was called to First Baptist Texarkana as Senior Pastor in February of 2003 (www.fbctexarkana.org). God has blessed the church with wonderful growth, excitement, and spiritual transformation.

He began a radio and television ministry called From His Heart Ministries (www.fromhisheart.org) in January of 2005. The mission of the ministry is to reach people right where they are with the love and life-changing power of Jesus Christ. Currently, From His Heart airs worldwide on The Church Channel, and around the nation on FamilyNet, CTN-Cornerstone, The Walk TV Network, Christian Satellite Radio, KHCB Radio, Oneplace.com and Lightsource.com.

Pastor Jeff and his wife, Debbie, have been happily married for 27 years. As a couple, they are part of the marriage speakers team for Family Life Ministries with Dennis Rainey. They have been blessed with three beautiful daughters: Jill - 26, Amy - 23, and Sarah - 21 ... and one awesome son-in-law, Jay Budzilowski, and the sweetest little granddaughter, Emmy Rae (3).

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I thought this was one of the most helpful books I've read in a long time.
J4Life5
I would recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with emotions and how to deal with them the right way!
kris
Jeff's writing style is clear, and shows how very deep he understands this topic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SAS on July 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is based on a series of sermons by Jeff Schreve, pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. In it, he explores eight different emotions and why they hit us so hard: embarrassment, loneliness, frustration, worry, anger, guilt, discontentment, and depression. Even more, he goes on to describe the potentially positive impact that these emotions can have on us - if we will let them, instead of either reacting negatively or ignoring the emotions altogether.

I so wish I could give it more stars, because I was so hopeful about this book, but I can only give this book three stars. I do appreciate the author's use of personal stories as well as his Biblical guidance for handling negative emotions that have the potential to runaway with us. I also think that this book has the possibility to be an excellent "in a nutshell" resource for someone looking for some general guidance on dealing with strong, negative emotions.

However, as is touched upon the introduction, this book is written in the style of a sermon series. I have nothing at all against sermon series or even books based upon them, but when written in the style that a sermon is spoken, they are difficult to read and stay "plugged into" along the way. This book would have been much easier to follow and focus on had I listened to it as an audiobook. It would have been an interesting sermon series to hear, and I have no doubt that I would have learned from it - but the writing style made it difficult to keep myself from skimming instead of reading closely.

I also feel like the chapters themselves did not go into much detail or depth about managing and/or learning from each negative emotion - of course, this is to be expected if you think about each chapter as if it were a single Sunday's sermon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a powerful book that truly made you explore your own emotions and how these emotions are tied into God and what he wants you to do with your life. I can honestly say that I would not have even thought about many of the points in this book prior to this simply due to the fact that my emotions are somewhat all over the place at times and it is hard to see past them and think on a broader scale for what God's plan has to do with them. However in this book the author does just that, and he does it in a way that makes you truly gain a much better understanding of how your emotions are a way in which God is speaking to you! This was a good book that will make you reconsider your own emotions and the emotions of the people around you, or at least it did me!

*I received this book for review - all opinions are my own*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on July 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
God has designed emotions, both positive and negative, for a purpose. Think of emotions like an alarm that picks up smoke signals in a house. It exists to alert those living in the home that a fire is burning somewhere, and so it is with our emotions: The alert us to what's going on inside of our hearts. For example, according to Schreve, when we experience frustration, our "desire for meaning or purpose is on fire" (i.e. our feelings of purpose are being shaken with). In his book, Runaway Emotions: Why You Feel the Way You Do and What God Wants You to Do About It, author Jeff Schreve takes the readers by the hand to show them the deeper meaning to the following emotions: anger, frustration, depression, worry, discontentment, and more.

Runaway Emotions is a good beginning book on the topic since it's written clearly and is easy to understand. Personally though, having read other books on the same subject (by authors such as Paul Tripp, Ed Welch, etc.), I did not think this book went into great detail or expanded on much other than the mere basics. This makes it a great read, as I said before, for someone who's just starting to look into emotions in relation to God and scripture, but I would not recommend it as a resource for someone who's looking for something "meaty" and deep. (After all, whole books have been written by Christian counselors on emotions such as depression, anger, etc. and Schreve only talks about each emotion for one chapter, leaving much unsaid.) While reading it I found myself thinking too often how I already knew quite a bit of the information being presented already, making it an un-challenging read with little digging or interacting with the book for me personally, but this of course, won't be true for everyone who picks up a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kris on July 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Runaway Emotions is actually a lot different than I had expected. I thought that it would be like a lot of other books out there that tell you the same old things about how to deal with your emotions, however when I started reading through the pages I was very pleased with how the author explained your emotions and what to heed, what you are really needing and how to get it with a wonderful Biblical answer.

The book touches base on 8 very common emotions in all people;
Embarrassment, Loneliness, Frustration, Worry, Anger, Guilt, Discontentment, and Depression. I don't know about you but I have felt all of these emotions at some point within my life.
He explains what your emotion is and explains your God-Given warning, from there he tells you how to handle it Biblically which I really like.

Overall I believe this is a wonderfully written Christian book. I love that it is very detailed and yet very easy to read. I think it would be a great book for a youth group, Bible study group, or just a individual read. I would recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with emotions and how to deal with them the right way!
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