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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Csm Rep edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401675433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401675431
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Les Carter is a nationally known expert in the field of Christian counseling. He maintains his counseling practice, specializing in the treatment of emotional and relational disorders, at the Southlake Psychiatric and Counseling Center in Southlake, Texas. He is the author of twenty books, including The Freedom from Depression Workbook; The Choosing to Forgive Workbook; The Worry Workbook; The Anger Trap; Enough About You, Let's Talk About Me; The Anger Workbook For Christian Parents; and Grace and Divorce. Carter earned his B.A. from Baylor University and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from North Texas State University. For more information, please go to Dr. Carter's Web site, www.drlescarter.com.

Frank Minirth, M.D., is founder of The Minirth Clinic and has authored or co-authored more than thirty books, including Happiness Is a Choice, and Worry-free Living.

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This book will greatly improve anyone's relationships, so I would highly recommend every Christian work through it.
K. Newhouse
The Anger Workout can be a helpful book to those with anger issues or those that counsel, preach, or help others that need anger management.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Ritzema on October 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
In The Anger Workbook, Drs. Les Carter and Frank Minirth have written a helpful guide for people who struggle to manage their anger. It is, as the title indicates, a workbook, which means it invites an active participation from the reader. On nearly every page, the authors ask questions and provide space for readers to write their responses. It comes in four parts: The first is about identifying anger. In it, Carter and Minirth define anger as an intent to preserve personal worth, essential needs, or basic convictions (10). They argue that anger has many manifestations. In other words, people who yell and throw things are not the only ones who might have a problem with anger. They argue that there are five ways to handle anger: Suppression, Open Aggression, Passive Aggression, Assertiveness, or Dropping It (26). They encourage readers to avoid the first three, and choose which of the last two is most appropriate in the circumstances. In the second part, they argue that anger thrives on unmet needs. People tend to respond in anger, for example, when they feel unloved or controlled. In the third part, they explore how other emotions cause anger. The emotions they look at are pride, fear, loneliness, and feelings of inferiority. The fourth part includes three chapters: one for parents on dealing with anger in their children, one arguing that anger tends to linger when we rationalize it, and one encouraging readers to be accountable to others in their process of anger management.

This is a helpful book for those who experience anger in any of its various manifestations, which is really all of us. Some people's anger causes more problems than others, but I would go so far as to say that none of us is completely healthy in all the ways we express anger. We could all stand to grow in this area.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By VanGo on October 5, 2013
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My husband asked me to order this book after he realized anger was playing too large a part in his daily life.
I have noticed such a huge change in him, and so has he. The book identified the triggers and gave him options. We are sharing a more peaceful time and he appears to be a much happier man.
He uses the book because he made the decision, not any one else. He found the title mentioned on the cover of my book for depression by the same author.
Gratefully VanGo
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I signed up to review this book, courtesy of Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review, because anger is part of everyone's lives. Some people can control their anger easily, while others have a difficult time with it. There is not one person that can say that they don't get angry over something every week. With the failing economy, the job market collapsing, and the continuing increases in gasoline prices, there are many things to be angry at.

The Anger Workbook was originally released back in in 1993 and has now been reprinted in an updated version. The authors, Les Carter and Frank Minirth, have written an interactive workbook to help you live a better life by going through thirteen steps toward anger management. Anger is not just slamming doors, screaming at a random stranger, or getting into fights. It is about shutting your feelings down, non communicating with others, feeling frustrated, and being over aggressive.

Throughout each chapter there are questionnaires and essays for the reader to answer to help you understand where your anger comes from and how you can eventually control it.

The Anger Workout can be a helpful book to those with anger issues or those that counsel, preach, or help others that need anger management.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thrift Schooling on February 5, 2013
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I've reviewed many books over the years and this book, by far, is the most well written and needed book in our society of all the books that I've reviewed. I received The Anger Workbook: an interactive guide to anger management, by Les Carter and Frank Minirth in e-book from and was able to enjoy it on my Nook Color.

I have to admit, I was hesitant at first in reviewing this, I mean, is this going to be some hedonistic, worldly approach in dealing with anger? Chock full of philosophical solutions leaving God in the sidelines? Well, this book certainly did not leave God out of the picture, in fact, there was a point where the author clearly stated that having a regular devotional time with the Lord helps to reduce agitation during the day that can lead to anger. Also, before delving deep into the areas that might cause or harbour anger, the author makes sure that the reader understands God's love for them and that their worth and security found in God can too, reduce your need for excessive dependencies which can lead you towards an angry lifestyle.

You may be reading this post and wonder if some of your ongoing struggles may be anger related. The authors remind us that there are several ways that people deal with anger, not just with open aggression like slamming doors, yelling and screaming. Giving people the silent treatment or suppressing your feelings is just as dangerous as being vocal and violent with your anger. I recommend this book to anyone who may feel lost in their attempts to overcome anger. This books addresses issues that I would never imagine would be associated with anger such as fear, pride and indulging in unhealthy addictive behaviors.
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Dr. Les Carter is associated with the Minirth Clinic Psychiatric and Counseling Center in Richardson, Texas. He is specially trained in the treatment of emotional adjustments and relationship problems. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including the bestselling The Anger Workbook.