Since emotions can be so troubling, Stanley begins by helping us understand why God gave us emotions in the first place. They are a gift from God so we can enjoy life, interact meaningfully with others (including our Father) by sharing our innermost being, and mirror His likeness.
our fallen emotions are not as God has designed. We might wish we did
not have to experience unpleasant emotions but Stanley reminds us
that without them we would not know our need for a Savior.
addresses five emotions that hinder our joy and walk with the Lord:
fear, rejection, bitterness, guilt, and despair. He identifies the
roots of these negative emotions and then walks us through the
components of healing. We need to experience new birth, examine our
thoughts, exchange our thought patterns, exercise the power of
prayer, and expect God's healing to begin immediately.
explores each of the five emotions in depth. He gives examples of
those experiencing the emotion, possible origins of it, the effect it
has on our well being and our spiritual life, and then walks us
through the healing process. He also provides Scriptural evidence
showing the truth so it can be used to counter the lies.
healing process is something that is going to take time and work.
Stanley has provided the tools but we will need to do the deep
searching, the work of controlling thoughts and countering them with
the Scriptures given.
points out early in his book that we cannot do this on our own. It is
only by the power of God that our emotions can be healed and that
means we must be in relationship with Him. He explains salvation and
invites us to accept Jesus as Savior if we have not already.
you are struggling with fear, rejection, bitterness, guilt or
despair, and are willing to work along with God for your healing,
this is a good book for you to read.
Charles F. Stanley is a bestselling author who has written more
than fifty books. He has been the senior pastor of the First Baptist
Church in Atlanta since 1971.
Books, 304 pages.
received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for
the purpose of this review.