Goodreads: Emotions contends that God has gifted us with emotions since the very beginning–and He did so with very concrete purposes in mind: so that we can enjoy life, so we can connect with others, so we can reflect God’s image in us.
But too often, instead of making the best of this gift, our emotions make the worst of us. Though we cannot see, taste, or touch our emotions, we are constantly affected by their forceful presence and the incredible influence they have over us. They can alter how we view our day, other people, and even the major events in our lives. Through our feelings, we have the capacity to enjoy amazing triumphs and deep fulfillment or experience crushing defeat and ruined relationships.
Dr. Stanley shares four steps to handling our emotions in a healthy manner:
1. Developing a healthy relationship with God.
2. Examining the thoughts that dominate our lives.
3. Exchanging our negative thought patters for positive ones.
4. Practicing regular and honest prayer.
Unhealthy emotions manifest themselves in destructive patterns:
1. Persistent lack of peace
2. Ongoing indecision
3. Diminished self-confidence
4. Damaged relationships
5. Poor health
6. Stagnated spiritual growth
This inspiring book of hope and solutions teaches readers how to take control of their emotions by taking control of their thinking. In its pages readers will learn how to become free of the negative emotions that steal their potential, and reclaim the purpose and joy for which God created them.
Finally got through this book and while I know that sounds like it was a struggle – the truth is the book was very informative and helpful. At the end of each chapter are questions for a person to answer which is one thing that took me so long to get through it. The other is that I haven’t been in the mood to read nonfiction (or even too much fiction).
I think the Goodreads description says pretty much what I would say so let me just say I gave the book an A.