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“In this book, Bill Perkins offers biblical perspectives to matters such as control, pride, forgiveness, and respect. He shows how a mastery of such underlying issues will directly affect your use of anger.”
-Dr. Les Carter, author of The Anger Trap


“Bill Perkins is a master storyteller. This is one of the most entertaining books for men I’ve ever read. I’d recommend it to any man who’s dealing with anger.”
-David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church

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In this book, Bill Perkins offers biblical perspectives to matters such as control, pride, forgiveness, and respect. He shows how a mastery of such underlying issues will directly affect your use of anger. (Dr. Les Carter, Author of The Anger Trap)

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  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (November 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UZ5JXG
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I was born in Hobbs, New Mexico and moved to Roswell while an infant. I lived there until I was 16 when I moved to Austin, Texas where I attended high school and college. While a freshman at the University of Texas I met Christ and two years later my future wife, Cindy. Before my spiritual birth I believed God, unlike Santa Clause, was real, but like Santa Clause, couldn't be known. That led me to conclude nothing mattered. And then the paradigm shift. Jesus flipped my world view upside down. Suddenly I realized God could be known and nothing else mattered. I mean nothing else mattered compared to knowing God.

As a writer I try to look under the rock to see what's hidden. Once I see something I have fun writing about it. I especially enjoy discovering how each puzzle peace fits into the picture. I'm a tenacious editor. I suspect I've edited almost every page of every book I've written thirty times . . . or more. I only wish I had more time to make each line better. I love wrapping sentences with God's grace.

I live in West Linn, Oregon with my wife, Cindy. We have three sons and two grandchildren, a chihuahua and a golden-doodle. I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, scuba diving with my wife and working out with my sons and the Golden-doodle, who runs on the tread mill while I ride a stationary bike. I've posted four pictures and here's the story behind them. The fallen tree I'm standing by fell across my yard. The one where I'm wearing a cross was taken by my youngest son, Paul, in Jackson, MS. Cindy and I had just finished dinner at It Rains Fishes, a restaurant in Bonaire, NA. The two girls live at a Lifesong for Orphans orphanage/boarding house in India. Sharp kids who are doing very well in school.

Below is the story of the tree that fell across my yard.

The old growth Tree towered over a hundred feet into the air. It was bigger at the base than two men with outstretched arms could reach around. Decades ago its top had been hit by lightning and snapped off, leaving a snaggle tooth tip that pointed up.

The first time I entered our home, twelve years ago, I gazed at it in wonder. The house rests on the side of a ravine in the Pacific Northwest. Below it a creek carries water downhill when it rains. On the other side of the creek, at the base of the V shaped slope, stood the Tree. Like a prehistoric sentry, it was too old and tired to nurture branches and needles. But had a wonder of its own. Later I would learn that its dead limbs served as perches for eagles, turkey vultures, woodpeckers, and sparrows. Squirrels made homes in the tiny rooms inside the holes that marred its side like battle wounds. This magnificent Tree captured the scene so completely that everything around it faded away, like a picture frame holding a Picasso.

Since that time, I've spent hours enjoying the wonder of that tree. To the left of my desk is a large window that offers a view of the ravine. With binoculars I've watched squirrels chase each other around its giant trunk. In the summer I've watched as many as six turkey vultures resting on its smooth sprigs with outstretched wings, like feathered solar panels, soaking in the sunshine.

I've seen it withstand blasts of wind and torrents of rain. I've seen it dressed as an inverted icicle after a coating of winter snow. Through all of this, it stood tall and sturdy, a constant over the years.

Last summer, my two grandchildren and I hiked down the steep slope to visit the tree. Standing at the foot of its massive trunk we looked up and uttered the only word we could find: "Wow." Viewing it through a window or from our deck didn't showcase its massive size like standing beside and beneath it.

Two weeks ago one of my sons mentioned that the old tree was leaning. "Have you noticed, Dad?"

I walked to the window and inspected it. Then I checked it out from the deck at the back of the house. It did seem to be leaning. Or, had it been leaning all along? If I had compared it with pictures taken over the years, I would have seen that not too long ago it stood straight. I didn't make the comparison because I assumed a 100-year-old tree wouldn't fall in my lifetime.

A few days ago, early in the morning, I looked out the window by my desk. Something was different, something was missing. And then I saw it. Like a picture erased from its canvas, leaving only the frame, the forest looked empty, naked. The old dead Tree had disappeared - fallen to the ground, probably while I slept. Initially, I didn't believe it. I mean, I didn't want to believe it.

Had it really fallen? Even now, I lean back in my chair and look out the window. It is gone.

Later that day, I climbed down the ravine to see its remains. It had fallen with force, taking with it trees and branches and anything else that tried to soften its landing. The snaggle tooth top and everything thirty feet below, shattered when it hit the ground hurling shrapnel of bark and rotten wood in every direction. The remaining fifty feet of the trunk rested where it fell--across a small stream whose water could barely squeeze under the behemoth.

I realize I'm sentimental, but I wish I had seen it fall. As I thought about that I recalled someone asking me a silly question one day: If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to hear it fall, did it make any noise? Absurd thought. The Tree surely made a thunderous sound. Hopefully, the squirrels woke up and leaped to safety before it hit the ground. Surely the birds that dozed within its walls winged away without harm.

If I had known it would fall while I lived, I would have visited it more often and taken more pictures. I would have showcased its height by capturing its image from the ground looking up. I would have saved forever an image of the vertical furrows marking its bark like a patriarch's face, wrinkled and worn.
Had I know it would fall, I would have stood sentry watching so I could be with it in its final moment of glory. I would have been there to see gravity bring the tower to the tipping point. I would have heard the cracking sound when the last tethering roots finally snapped. And I would have watched in awe as it did what it had never done in more than a human lifetime.

A crashing roar surely accompanied the fall as it raced, with deadly force, through trees and branches, followed by a ground-jarring blast, momentarily sucking all sound from the air. And then the groaning earth, falling dirt particles, twigs and branches and the excited screeches of jays, screaming in confusion - because the Great Tree had fallen.

As I said goodbye to the Tree last week, standing by its side, I recalled the words of Solomon: "Whether a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie" (Ecclesiastes 11:3.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric on July 3, 2010
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This book is proving to be the most helpful tool in my toolbox right now in my daily struggle against rage and destructive behaviors. Simply put, this is quite possibly the most helpful thing I've ever had in my life in order to put real practices in place on a daily basis against anger. I am being immensely blessed every time I pick it up. It's enabling me to find freedom from nearly 35 years of pain, rage, torment, abuse, etc. I'm very thankful for the author's honest and real life examples. This book is a God send and the best tool I've found yet to date for men who struggle with Anger. Trust me; no counselor has yet done for me what this book is doing for me in the area of anger and rage. A big thank you goes out to the Author, and I tip my hat to his honesty, expertise, and his seeming ability to speak directly to the hearts of men.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Day on September 21, 2009
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Men, let's be honest with ourselves. We may not believe we have "anger issues" in need of an intervention, but I submit we have all displayed our anger inappropriately at times. If you want to understand your anger and the consequences of toxic anger on your mind, body and spirit, read this book. This book by Bill Perkins is witty and cuts through the lies we tend to tell ourselves about ourselves. Want to deal with your pride correctly? Read this book. Want to know how uncontrolled anger can turn explosive and ruin your relationships? Read this book. Want to know what Father thinks about anger? Read this book. When Good Men Get Angry will open your eyes and encourage you to change how you deal with anger. This is a wonderful book full of wisdom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keri Firth on June 29, 2010
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This book is a quick and easy read. Great for any man who struggles with anger of any kind. It helps to put it all into perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By freedom1 on November 5, 2012
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This book is changing men's lives. I have read it twice, and have given it to 5 other men. I am about to buy 3 more to give away. Each person who has read it has been deeply changed by its revelations. My brother is now giving it to multiple people as well. For me, the biggest revelation is the link between pride and anger - a connection that has been ground breaking in helping me target the correct sin (pride) not anger. The concepts on men's need for respect and giving up control were also excellant. Buy it! Read it! Live it! Then share this book with others. Just now reading Bill Perkin's similar book on temptation and finding it helpful as well but less an issue for me. Thanks Mr. Perkins!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Pearson on November 24, 2009
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Bill Perkins can get right to the bottom line of issues. He's done it regularly in his previous books and he has done it again with this his latest. Even if you think you don't have an anger issue, you should read this book. You'll be surprised what you will find out about yourself. Definitely a 5 star book.
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By Tai Duncan on February 26, 2013
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I have an anger issue and always have. I finally broke down and checked "When Good Men Get Angry" out of the library. Now I need to buy it.
It was an eye opener. It makes you relate to others' problems in an entertaining way. A way that doesn't make you get defensive about your own faults. I am not a religious person but I am a person who does believe in God. I consider myself a good Christian woman, spriritually speaking. It makes you think and dive into your own heart. I read it in the evenings by myself so there was no one there to judge me. There is quite a bit of scripture in the book but what Mr. Perkins says really makes sense. I suggest you give it a try if you feel you have any anger issues at all. Of course with any other fault you have that you want to fix, you have to admit it first. Then you have to be willing to change. Just looking up the book is a great start. It works for women too. I wish I knew how to contact Mr. Perkins and tell him thank you. THANK YOU!
I've only been Anger Free for a week now but I am loving it. I am a better mother and wife. I am excited about the impact it will have on my relationship with my step-daughter and the impact it will have on my young son's temper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Boruszko on September 18, 2010
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This is an excellent book on the issue of anger.
It defines and goes step by step to explain what triggers and the strategy to deal with anger
Recommended!
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By Damowool on January 7, 2014
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I don't have an anger problem I thought to myself as a friend sat before me and abruptly ruined my day - so I thought. The good thing was is he said he did and he has been reading this book when good men get angry.

It's taken me 12 months to read and digest the book - it's opened my heart to change and it's helped me to identify how my anger has impacted on my young children - which has formed anger in their hearts. This book has helped me but it has also given me steps to work through the hurt and anger that I have passed onto my 12 year old son without realizing it.

I highly recommend any man or woman read this book, chew on it and digest it like you do a meal - it will change your life.
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