Saturday, October 15, 2011

Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem, by Robert D. Jones


Extremely practical and theologically sound.  Jones centers his approach on the gospel, and combines this focus with helpful and insightful advice for those seeking to address anger issues in their own lives (or in the lives of those they love).  He offers counsel for those inclined to lash out in anger (anger 'revealers') and those inclined to internalize their anger (anger 'concealers'), as well as those who are angry at God and those whose anger is directed at themselves.

I was impressed with the quality of the writing, too--it's no masterpiece, but it's much better than I'm used to seeing in books like this.  The trade off seems to be that the better writers lack solid theology, and those with solid theology produce lackluster writing.  Jones is no Lewis (who is?), but the writing does not detract from the substance, and the substance is excellent. 

I had hoped that he would address those whose anger is triggered by and focused on circumstances rather than people--I myself get far angrier at my computer than I ever get at other people--but he focuses exclusively on relational anger (that is, anger directed at a person, whether self, God, or others).  Still, he identifies the root causes of anger with a fair amount of insight, and views anger through the lens of scripture.

I particularly appreciated his depiction of anger as sitting in judgment of a person or circumstance--a role that ultimately belongs to God, the usurpation of which reveals an unbiblical attitude of entitlement and a faulty understanding of grace.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who struggles with anger or wants to know how to help the angry people in his or her life.

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