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The Cry of the Soul: How Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepest Questions About God Paperback – March 1, 1999
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Allender ( The Wounded Heart ), professor and counselor at Colorado Christian University, and Longman ( How To Read the Psalms ), professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, have successfully combined their areas of expertise to produce an excellent piece of scholarship suitable equally for the layperson and the theologian. Using the Psalms and studying the emotions of anger, fear, envy, despair, contempt and shame, the authors lay out the thesis that "Exploring God's ways in light of the darker emotions reveals that He uses silence, abandonment, and assault to win our hearts for His glory." But this book is not to be mistaken for a fix-it manual for our darker emotions. Quite the contrary. It is instead a focusing tool for the consideration of what emotions reveal about how people deal with their relationship with God and with the pursuit of God as a "Person to be praised" rather than as some subordinate "Servant of our healing."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Exactly what we need in a world of declining civility where pain, grief, and suffering seem to be increasing almost beyond our capacity to cope. -- Ann Applegarth, Virtue, February 1995 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a recommendation, don't just breeze through this book letting the words go through your eyes and out your eyes so to speak. Take time to process what Dr. Allender and Dr. Longman have to say. It can be easy to want to move quickly through the book because they're talking about things that our hearts want to hide from and skip over. But I encourage anyone who picks up this book to take a deep breath, sit through the uncomfortable moments (hug the cactus), and sip in the goodness and wisdom these men have brought together in this book.
This is one of those books that you don't want to read more than a chapter or two of at a time. You need to stop and think and pray. It's that good. I'm glad I read this book early in my marriage, because its insights are still helping me through the turmoil of being so emotionally close.
An outline of the content:
Cry of the Soul models the major negative emotions as responses to three different relational movements: against, away, toward. Each movement can provoke a fight response or a flight response:
--movement against = attack ==> anger or fear
--movement away = abandonment ==> jealousy or despair
--movement toward = love ==> contempt/shame
The authors treat each emotion in two chapters, one on its ungodly manifestation and one on its Godly version. They lovingly confront the reader with insightful truths, and provide helpful counsel on how to pray through emotions in a way that truly puts God at the center.
It's not a how-to book, but a book of wise confrontation and hope. Invest the time it takes to read Cry of the Soul, and you will be richly rewarded.
I discovered a few years ago that I was a really angry person and that I hurt people when I was angry. Solution? Avoid anger no matter what.
Not so fast! Allender and Longman point out that emotions are God-given, a gift from our Creator. And while it is true that our emotions have been corrupted by our sinful nature, they actually have a divine purpose. Cutting ourselves off completely from our emotions will hinder our spiritual growth and short-circuit our relationship to God.
Well that wasn't exactly news I was overjoyed to hear. I have spent considerable time and effort teaching myself to be unemotional. Now I learn that, not only have I been wasting my time, I have been at cross-purposes with God. At least Allender and Longman have provided me with some tools to get myself straightened-out. (I really didn't think I was doing all that great anyway.)
But now I can do better, and so can you. I can let these emotions draw me closer to the Lord and my fellow humans. We have the technology and it's in this book!