Good & Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness (Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2016)

Are you like me? Do you ever have to deal with the sin of anger, irritation, complaining, and/or bitterness? According to David Powlison, you are like me and like everybody else.

In the way we do anger, some of us explode, some of us simmer, some of us seem dormant — but all of us experience anger.

While the book does deal with components of anger like irritation, complaining and bitterness, the primary concern is anger itself. Since we all get angry, this book is one that should be on your reading list. Powlison provides wise, biblical counsel so that we grow in sanctification with regard to this issue.

As you read and ponder this book, I trust that you will grow in self-knowledge. I trust that you will grow more aware of your need for God’s mercy, strength, and protection. You will grow in knowing your Father, your Savior, your life-giving Spirit.

Powlison’s stated goal in writing this book is that we not only know that we get angry, but that we discover God’s way to deal with our anger.

My chief goal in this book is to teach you how to more fruitfully and honestly deal with your anger.

The book is divided into four sections. He begins by describing our anger experiences. He moves on to define anger (both good and bad). Then he provides great insight and wisdom on how to change so that our sinful anger does not destroy us and so that we develop a good anger consistent with that displayed by God. In the final section he tackles some of the difficult cases related to anger.

I am glad that this book came my way. I’m not always enamored by books that might be found in the self-help section of the bookstore. The good news is that this book doesn’t present a self-help remedy. It is all about walking with the Spirit of God who transforms us.

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