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  • 240 Pages
  • Publisher : Crossway/Good News Publishers
  • Publication Date : March 2019

Untangling Emotions

Groves, J. Alasdair; Smith, Winston T.

Emotions punctuate every moment of our lives, and what’s more, they play a role in virtually every chapter of scripture. Yet what to do and how to feel about these sometimes random and volatile feelings remains a mystery to us. Untangling Emotions draws on decades of counseling experience and studying God’s Word to provide a masterclass in the mechanics of biblical soul care. Use this book in individual and group study to help interpret moments of fear, hope, anxiety, joy, despair, anger, boredom, and grief in a way that bears the image of God and that honors Christ.
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How do you feel about how you feel?

Our emotions are complex. Some of us seem able to ignore our feelings, while others feel controlled by them. But most of us would admit that we don't always know what to do with how we feel.

The Bible teaches us that our emotions are an indispensable part of what makes us human--and play a crucial role in our relationships with God and others. Exploring how God designed emotions for our good, this book shows us how to properly engage with our emotions--even the more difficult ones like fear, anger, shame, guilt, and sorrow--so we can better understand what they reveal about our hearts and handle them wisely in everyday moments.


Table of Contents:

Introduction: How Do You Feel about How You Feel?

Part 1: Understanding Emotions

  1. Sometimes It’s Good to Feel Bad
  2. What Exactly Are Emotions?
  3. Emotions Don’t Come in Single File
  4. Emotions Happen in Your Body
  5. You Relate to Others When You Feel with Them
  6. Why Can’t I Control My Emotions?

Part 2: Engaging Emotions

  1. Two Pitfalls
  2. Engage: A Better Option
  3. Engaging Emotions Means Engaging God
  4. Engaging Relationships
  5. On Nourishing Healthy Emotions
  6. On Starving Unhealthy Emotions

Part 3: Engaging the Hardest Emotions

  1. Engaging Fear
  2. Engaging Anger
  3. Engaging Grief
  4. Engaging Guilt and Shame
  5. A Museum of Tears

Appendix: Does God Really Feel? The Doctrine of Impassibility
General Index
Scripture Index


About the Authors

J. Alasdair Groves (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the executive director for the New England branch of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is also the director of CCEF's School of Biblical Counseling.

Winston T. Smith (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the rector at Saint Anne's Church in Abington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Marriage Matters.