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Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You Paperback – October 3, 2017
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Have you been hurt by someone and want to learn to trust again? Do you need help with your sadness or anger? Are you looking for relief from shame, anxiety, or fear? Do you desire the true happiness and love that come with emotional healing? Christian psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Mark Baker shows how to handle eight basic human emotions in order to heal from emotional pain--and discover the bright future God has in store for you. Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is the same compassionate advice he shares with his clients, allowing you to reap the benefits of expert counseling from the comfort of your own home.
"Mark brilliantly blends insightful understanding with real-world challenges, equipping us with tools and strategies to bring daily happiness into reach."--Carmen Renee Berry, New York Times bestselling author
"With theological and psychological sophistication that remains accessible to all readers, Baker describes the eight human emotions, their causes, impacts, most common problems, and the healthiest ways to engage them."--Brad D. Strawn, PhD, professor of the integration of psychology and theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Dr. Baker gently tells us the truth about ourselves: we may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can choose how we will live--and even thrive--within the midst of them."--Rev. Dr. Scott Weimer, senior pastor, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
"This wise, practical, and helpful book is rich with stories and examples that illustrate how to heal and grow from pain and disappointment."--Winston E. Gooden, dean emeritus, the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Mark W. Baker, PhD, has been a clinical psychologist for more than twenty-five years. The author of the bestselling Jesus--The Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived, Dr. Baker holds advanced degrees in both theology and clinical psychology and is executive director of the La Vie Counseling Centers in Pasadena. He is also a frequent speaker on Christian radio and at churches in the Los Angeles area.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800728823
- Product dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : Revell (October 3, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author does a good job of dispelling some common myths that we and well-meaning people can propagate which actually keep us stuck rather than moving forward. The short chapters and easy to follow illustrations make the book easy to read and digest the core concept being taught in the subsections of the eight key emotion sections.
The downside to the book is the other side of the coin of having short illustrations and points - there is not a lot of direction for a person to take action on by themselves given in the book. The upside of the downside is that this apparent limitation may help a person act on the hope for change and contact a good therapist to help them through the often difficult journey forward through the struggles of life.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
This book is well written and gives a lot of very valuable information, but I personally feel it is not written as a self help book. I feel that this is more a resource for professionals who deal with helping those struggling with problems. The author explains emotions differently that I typically would think. Some examples would be: anger is energy to solve a problem and grief is a way you make room in your heart for future love.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.
Usually, when someone writes a book, and this is totally a Benjamin H. Liles opinion here, it's not just to completely entertain but to keep us hooked. A book takes us somewhere. It should show us a great deal on the human condition, how--in the end--we become better. Even in fiction writing the character somehow changes. While there are some good things to say about Baker's book, it's not enough for me to say, "Yes, go pick up this book."
He's got some amazingly good points and fresh insight on scripture that I would never begin to grasp, but he does it in such a way that leaves you scratching your head. Let me show you what I mean. In one chapter he uses God's words written by Paul, "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else" (1 Thessalonians 5:15, New International Version). Baker then gives us this: "Sometimes getting hurt makes you want to even the scales. You try to quantify your hurt, and then make someone else hurt in an equal amount...Because of this, you should remember that when you are hurt you are in danger of hurting others, too."
I understand Baker's reasoning for explaining things the way he does, and then providing client's stories (which he apparently got permission from them before using their lives in his book--I'm guessing), but--and another on my opinion piece--he doesn't give me much reason to want to grow. To me, he's coming across as saying, "You can do this without God's help through Jesus Christ, His Son." It may just be me on this, and if I'm wrong saying what I am, I truly am sorry. I have a problem giving a stellar review on a book I find lacking. I have to always keep it honest from my point of view. And that's the thing here...we ought to always be honest and loving. Forgive me if it seems I'm being unloving about Mark Baker's book. It isn't a reflection on him.
I know I do not know Mark Baker in the least bit. But I can say this and I will do so in the best way possible: he comes across knowledgeable, likable, and quite frankly very good-natured. My view on his book should not reflect on him in any way possible. It's not an attack on his person at all. I just don't like his writing style. With that said, I'm sure there will be some people who will feel the same way about my writing style. Some people have preferences and that's fine.
I received this book free from Revell for my feedback--my honest thoughts and opinions.