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Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem Paperback – November 1, 2005
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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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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.