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"Two things are hard to do with anger: face the fact that you have a problem with is and be hopeful as you do. This book will help you do both. Jones shows that the Bible is both shockingly honest about anger's cause and wonderfully encouraging about its cure." --Paul David Tripp
"Far and away the best material on anger I have read, thoroughly biblical and immensely practical. Jones does a masterful job of helping us identify anger in our lives, then gives us biblcal steps for uprooting it. Every Christian ought to prayerfully read this book and apply its teaching." --Jerry Bridges
"Most of us find it all too easy to use words like hurt, frustrated, and troubled to conceal the fact that we are often controlled by sinful anger. This book cuts through this disguise, exposes our bondage to anger, and marks a clear path to peace and freedom." --Ken Sande
About the Author
Robert D. Jones is pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Hurricane, West Virginia. He is assistant professor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the author of the Resources for Changing Lives booklets Forgiveness, Angry at God?, and Bad Memories.
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I didn't know I was an angry man until the autumn when my 2-year-old decided to stop sleeping at night and my wife contracted mononucleosis and had to sleep a lot. At the time, I thought my surprising rages came from groggy days and sleepless nights.
But my friend Bob Jones contends that my sinful anger came from the residue of corruption in my new but still imperfect heart. In Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help For a Common Problem, Jones insightfully teaches what the Bible says about anger's true cause and gospel cure.
The greatest strength of this incisive little book is the careful, nuanced thought the author has dedicated to the biblical data, combined with field-tested practical application. Jones was a pastor for 18 years, and it shows. His extensive counseling experience provides a wealth of true-to-life illustrations.
Uprooting Anger covers a lot of ground. Not only does Jones provide a biblical definition of anger, a diagnostic for gauging the righteousness of anger and a detailed roadmap to change, but he also delves into specific problems with anger--such as anger against God and anger directed at yourself. A whole chapter is also devoted to helping others deal with their anger. This is a body-life book, practical theology at its best.
Along the way, Jones dispels some of the psychological fog that floats through our culture. For example, he claims that the Bible nowhere teaches that we should "forgive ourselves."
If I were writing the book, I might have put the last chapter first: "Why You Must Deal With Your Sinful Anger," but it also makes a fitting close. This is Jones' first time out of the harbor as an author, so his prose wobbles a bit in places and shows some unnecessary repetition, but the content is pure gold.
I recommend it for just about anyone. It's perfect for both hotheads who bite people's heads off and "bloodless-murderers" who kill others with a cold look. Why not form a "12 Angry Men" discipleship group and go through the study questions and application assignments together? I want to. Now I know where my anger comes from and what to do about it, but I still need the body of Christ to help me actually uproot it.
Jones starts off with a good Biblical Look at the issue of Anger. The scope of scripture he uses is a good tool for anyone who experiences anger or is trying to help a fellow Christian who is dealing with anger. I found myself putting each of the scriptures he was referencing into my scripture memory app on my iPad so that I could start to memorize these and put them in my heart to help me deal with anger when it arises in my life.
Jones then goes on to talk about the two main ways people deal with anger, Venting and Stuffing. We either express our anger in tantrums of venting where we loose our tongue and let the verbal attack spew forth towards anyone that is around us. The words are hurtful and never healing. Afterwards we may feel better because we have released some steam, but those around us are now struggling with anger at being the receivers of our venting.
The other style is that of "stuffing" our anger. We bury it deep within ourselves. People around us don't necessarily have a clue how angry we are. But it takes a toll on our health, our emotions and our spiritual condition. Stuffing usually leads to bitterness and distrust.
Jones gives 7 practical steps to help us deal with venting and 7 practical steps to help us deal with stuffing. I found that point #7 on both lists was the same and the most practical, "Study Scripture more and hide God's word in your heart."
Finally Jones has a discussion on "Anger at God." I found this the most poignant part of the book for my life. I was feeling that it was OK to be angry at God as long as I told Him about my anger. But Jones pointed out how selfish and wrong this was. It displeases God and brings disrepute to His name. What I saw in scripture as others being "angry at God," was actually others offering "Laments" in their prayer and meditation times. It seems like they are almost the same, but Jones points out that the Lament shares our pain and hurt with God while acknowledging that He is loving and powerful and desires the best for me. It is a good reminder to allow God to be God and allow me to be His servant.
The book is good and the Appendix section provides homework assignments that you will find useful to use in getting at the roots of your own anger.
This is a great book for laypeople as well as counselors and pastors.