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A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope through the Psalms of Lament Paperback – May 20, 2016
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Some days feel like a roller coaster ride--up and down, and if possible sideways ... Christina doesn't ignore our emotions, rather she drives us from the wild ride to the freedom found in Jesus. (Trillia Newbell ~ Author of Fear and Faith and United)
With theological integrity and practical suggestions she tenderly teaches us the language of lament and how our lamentations can take us to the gospel. (Susan Hunt ~ Pastor's wife, former Director of Women's Ministry for the PCA)
... I wish I had Christina's book back when I became a believer. It would have saved me a lot of painful emotion-stuffing and foolish emotion-ignoring. (Gloria Furman ~ Author of Glimpses of Grace, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, and The Pastor's Wife)
... invites us to vulnerability, transparency and trust - particularly when life is hard ... offers practical, empathetic help for those whose emotions have taken them captive in a time of upheaval. (Jen Wilkin ~ Author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Mind)
A wonderful book ... rather than letting emotions control us, we learn how they can focus our hearts more firmly on God in the midst of all life's deepest troubles. (Ursula Weekes ~ Minister's Wife at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon, London)
The undertow of our emotions can quickly sweep us away. A Heart Set Free anchors our hearts in the truth and invites us to cry out boldly to our Savior. (Karen Hodge ~ Women's Ministry Coordinator for the Presbyterian Church in America.)
About the Author
Christina Fox is a blogger at www.christinafox.com where she chronicles her faith journey. She writes for a number of Christian ministries and publications including Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition. She lives with her husband and two sons in sunny South Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
Since I do think God wants me to deal with my emotions in deeper and more constructive ways that can seem quite a bit uncomfortable, vulnerable, and scary, this book is a timely companion. Christina's writing is quite personable, making her book incredibly accessible and easy to apply its teaching. Her insight and obvious depth of study will effectively guide her readers to apply balm of the Word of God in the Psalms in meaningful ways to those "pesky" emotions. I plan to re-read and soak in several chapters soon. Highly recommend.
Part 1 of the book lays out a biblical perspective on emotions. Fox describes the emotions of worry, fear, anxiety, despair, grief, sorrow, abandonment, rejection, and shame, and she considers how they become “uninvited guests” in our lives. From there, Fox moves on to set them in the context of creation, fall, and redemption and gives a hopeful and helpful reminder that “Jesus came to redeem all things—including our emotions.”
The rest of the book focuses more narrowly on the psalms of lament and their use as a pattern to guide us. As an emotion-avoider, I found myself moved by Fox’s explanation of why we should lament:
We need to lament not because we are without hope but because we have faith in God. We also need to lament so we can enter into the pain we often avoid in order to know the peace that God gives those who come to him in faith. We need to lament so that we can learn more about God, about his redemptive purposes in this world, about ourselves, and about our greatest need in Christ. And we need to lament so that we can experience more of God’s amazing grace.
From there, Fox goes on to give us practical direction and encouragement to lament.Read more ›
Fox walks us through several laments and then encourages us at the end of each chapter to work through others on our own. Over and over again we see that what starts out as cries of desperation, confusion and abandonment gives way to hope and praise. But she makes clear this is not the path our emotions will naturally lead us, apart from knowing who God is and remembering His truths. What usually happens instead is our emotions dictate our self-talk and lead us deeper into despair. That is why we must fill our minds with the truths about God. When we are reminded of who He is, even in the midst of darkness, peace that surpasses understanding can invade our hearts and transform our emotions.
Reading this book and learning to follow the structure of the laments will not insulate you from feeling pain, but it will help you learn where to take your every emotion so you can move to a place of worship and joy in all seasons. Thus, it earned my five stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this author and this book. God sent it to me at just the right time, when I was struggling with depression/despair, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, anger... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kazoo
Loved this book so much!!! It's probably one of the best Christian books I have read on the topic of emotions for women. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lexi
What a wonderfully encouraging and convicting book on emotions and the gospel. This book was easy to read and helped me to see my emotions in the light of the gospel and the truth... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathleen Breakey
As a friend of the author, I was excited to purchase this book. It met and exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christina Rushing
Emotions are part of being human, but they can often feel overwhelming to us. Christina Fox has written a helpful book that takes an honest look at our emotions through the psalms... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Courtney Reissig
This is a wonderful study of the Psalms of lament. I have given a number of e-book versions to my friends because it is well written and I have learned so much. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dan D. Bond, Sr.
I have purchased this book for the fourth time, and I hope to finally actually finish it! The Lord has used it to minister to me in many ways, and I never managed to get through... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anita Boo