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.
Publication Year: 2019
Part 1: Understanding Emotions
Chapter 1 – Sometimes It’s Good to Feel Bad
Chapter 2 – What Exactly Are Emotions?
Chapter 3 – Emotions Don’t Come in Single File
Chapter 4 – Emotions Happen in Your Body
Chapter 5 – You Relate to Others When You Feel with Them
Chapter 6 – Why Can’t I Control My Emotions?
Part 2: Engaging Emotions
Chapter 7 – Two Pitfalls
Chapter 8 – Engage: A Better Option
Chapter 9 – Engaging Emotions Means Engaging God
Chapter 10 – Engaging Relationships
Chapter 11 – On Nourishing Healthy Emotions
Chapter 12 – On Starving Unhealthy Emotions
Part 3: Engaging the Hardest Emotions
Chapter 13 – Engaging Fear
Chapter 14 – Engaging Anger
Chapter 15 – Engaging Grief
Chapter 16 – Engaging Guilt and Shame
Chapter 17 – A Museum of Tears
Appendix: Does God Really Feel? The Doctrine of Impassibility