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The Voice of the Heart Paperback – August 1, 2001
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Dodd passionately invites us to the spiritual discipline of listening to our hearts and to the call of God. -- Dan B. Allender, author of The Wounded Heart, Cry of the Soul, and The Healing Path
Dodd reveals how our spiritual heart functions and how we can discover more of the life that Christ offers. -- Franklin Graham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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How much longer can I do this? Is God good? Is there ever more? Whats the point? Dr. Chip Dodd refers to these as questions of the heart in his new book, "The Voice of the Heart: A Call to Full Living" (Sage Hill Resources, a division of Providence Publishing Corporation). Dodd encourages people to examine these questions instead of numbing their hearts with neglect.
A full life is beyond our grasp without knowing the eight feelings that are stamped upon our hearts - hurt, loneliness, sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt, and gladness. For many of us, life is only about survival. Sadly, we live lives of self-protection. We close doors to anything that might lead to hurt or disappointment, only to also shut out our hearts to relationship and all that is joyous and full.
Profoundly insightful, The Voice of the Heart offers us a deeper understanding of how to live an abundant life. Chip Dodd teaches us how to begin to know our hearts so that we better know ourselves and are better equipped to live in relationship with others and, ultimately, with God. "This book is an invitation to rediscovery," Dodd says. "It helps you to find what you lost and reawaken what is asleep. It will hopefully be a tool to help you knock down the walls around your heart." Dodd believes that the awakening of the heart leads to an abundant life.
Dodd has spent the past several years developing and teaching the "Spiritual Root System," a metaphor explaining the life of the heart. The systems five roots are feelings, needs, desires, longings, and hope. "The Voice of the Heart" explains all five roots, but the books emphasis is feelings. "You and I have only eight feelings," Dodd says. "We cannot live in fullness without knowing these feelings. The paradox is that if we choose fullness with our feelings, we also choose to experience pain." The eight feelings Dodd has identified are hurt, loneliness, sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt, and gladness.
People often ask Dodd why only one of the feelingsgladnessis positive. "Each feeling is positive because of where it can lead," he responds. "Its my behavior that is good or bad; feelings themselves are good each feeling is a gift from God." Dodd believes that listening to the feelings of the heart make openness and vulnerability possible, both with other people and with God. Living fully is the goal of life, he says, not being happy all of the time.
"Ultimately, living fully means more than happiness, comfort, or thrills," Dodd says. "You have the capacity to experience true joy, yet you are equally capable of grieving deeply while holding on to hope. Full life means you can expect great things in the midst of great loss. Thats the hope of Jesus." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In the book Chip covers what he calls the “Spiritual Root System.” He compares and contrasts the impaired tree and a healthy tree. The healthy tree is a call to “living fully.” He argues that is what God created us for. I’m not sure about you but I want to guard my heart like it says in Proverbs 4:23. But without knowing what is in my heart, guarding is about impossible.
Chip’s work in the first chapter is arguably one of the best I’ve read on emotional intelligence and understanding your feelings, heart and emotions I’ve ever read. It is worth the book and more.
Chapter two is an overview of his feelings. He outlines eight emotions. And strongly argues there are only eight. Hurt, loneliness, sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt and gladness. He says though at first glance only one is positive all can be positive.
For example, found on page 71 was a game changer for me on anger. I always thought of anger as the Dad yelling at the kids from the top of the stairs making them feel inferior. That is an impaired anger or rage (and horrible parenting). Chip Dodd says, “Authentic anger is a caring feeling, telling us that something matters.” And later he says, “Anger creates identity. Through it we are known.”
Each chapter has some good nuggets for the professional counselor, life coach but also is attainable to the non-degreed folks like me. Chip walks through each emotion to show normal or wealthy emotion and impaired versions. They distinction is very helpful and application oriented too.
There is one point I don’t like, but it is admittedly small. He says, without much support, you can’t forgive yourself on page 109. It is not needed point and seems like he is picky a fight with other professionals who I’m not aware of. But like I said it’s a small point.
I really gave it four stars and not five because emotional psychology books aren't my favorite but this book is my favorite in that category.
In summary, I've underlined, quoted from and honestly changed how I view my own emotional health and wholeness.
all people but especially toward the broken
and hurting. It examines the way we abuse
ourselves and allow ourselves to be abused
and the resulting pain to our souls.