- Paperback: 227 pages
- Publisher: Northfield Publishing; Revised edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881273881
- ISBN-13: 978-1881273882
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way Paperback – September 1, 2007
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From the Back Cover
INCLUDES A PERSONAL ANGER ASSESSMENT designed to help you see hose you manage anger.
Are you handling your anger, or is your anger handling you?
Life is full of frustrations-some big, some little. And while you might not be ready to blow a gasket, it's easy to get angry in the wake of rejection, hurt, or embarrassment-and anger can have a really tight grip. ¿ ¿
In Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion, Dr. Gary Chapman offers helpful (and sometimes surprising) insights into why you get angry and what you can do about it. Using real-life examples of transformed lives and relationships, Chapman explains how to:
- Recognize the difference between "bad" and "good" anger
- Use anger to motivate you toward positive change
- Release long-simmering resentment
- Teach others (like your children) how to deal with anger
Anger is a reality of life, but it doesn't have to control our lives. Learn how to handle anger and use it for good.
Includes reflection questions in each chapter and a 13-session discussion guide that's perfect for small groups, workplace studies, and book clubs.
Top Customer Reviews
"Anger is fed by feelings of disappointment, hurt, rejection, and embarrassment. Anger pits you against the person, place, or thing that sparked the emotion. It is the opposite of the feeling of love. Love draws you toward the person; anger sets you against the person."
Chapman also establishes, early in the book, that not all anger is bad. In fact, Chapman asserts, it is the proper reaction to injustice and evil. Chapman writes:
"...each of us has on some level a concern for righteousness, fairness, and justice. Whenever we encounter that which we believe to be unrighteous, unkind, or unjust, we experience anger. I believe that in God's design this anger is to motivate us to take positive, loving action to seek to set the wrong right; and where there has been a relationship, to restore the relationship with the wrongdoer."
Chapman is careful to add that this does not give us license to "do destructive things" or to hurt those who wronged us. Rather he is merely explaining that anger "originates in the perception that something is wrong."
Chapman then makes a key distinction between two different types of anger: definitive and distorted. Definitive anger is when we've been wronged and are angry for good reason. If someone cheats us in a business deal, pokes us in the eye with a sharp stick for no good reason or lobs live hand grenades at our vehicle while we're driving home from work we would probably be angry - and for good reason! These are all examples of definitive anger and are valid reasons for getting angry.Read more ›
I will be able to use what I read and apply it to the future as well. I learned ways to recognize my anger and constructive ways to resolve underlying issues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christians, if you're looking for a Bible study on the topic of anger, look no further.
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This book gave practical steps for dealing with anger. It has helped me to deal with my anger in constructive ways.Published 3 months ago by newprestonpete
I had high hopes for this book, which quickly evaporated within about 5 minutes of reading the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sean J. Varley
makes you think and process things differently and a fresh perspective. i'll read this again and againPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer