Teach Me To Feel (ebook)

Teach Me To Feel ebook

Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life

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Meditations on the Psalms helping women to express their feelings to God. Hardback with ribbon marker.

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Many of us suppress our feelings because we’re worried they are ungodly. Others of us are so led by our emotions that we let them dominate everything, including our faith.

In these honest, personal and uplifting meditations on 24 selected psalms, Courtney Reissig looks at emotions we all experience, ranging from shame, anxiety, and anger through to gratitude, hope, and joy. For each, she shows how the psalms give us permission to acknowledge how we feel before God, and how they can help us to use those feelings productively and faithfully.

This inspiring book will give women a language to cry out to God in order to help them process their feelings, as well as help them to grow in their faith. Can be used as a daily devotion.

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Contents

  • Introduction: How a Familiar Psalm Helped Me in My Fear
    Includes Chapters For When You Feel…
    Let down (Ps. 55)
    Forgotten by God (Ps. 22)
    Worthless (Ps. 8)
    Grief (Ps. 31)
    Envy (Ps. 73)
    Anxious (Ps. 13)
    Stuck Spiritually (Ps. 119)
    Content (Ps. 131)
    Grateful (Ps. 103)
    Forgiven (Ps. 32)
    Hopeful (Ps. 84)

Specification

Contributors Courtney Reissig
ISBN 9781784985134
Format eBook
First published January 2020
Language English
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Linda Allcock

Author, Deeper Still

This book comforted, encouraged and taught me so much. It had the rare quality of making me reach for my Bible, and I read each chapter with the Psalms open alongside. Courtney Reissig gives us keen insights learned through her own personal suffering, so her words are poetic: laden with meaning yet grounded in reality.

Sarah Walton

Author, Hope When It Hurts

A good book will teach you about biblical truths, but a great book will lead you to know and love Christ and his word more deeply. Teach Me to Feel does just that. Courtney does a beautiful job of biblically showing us how our emotions are neither meant to control us or be ignored, but to lead us to Christ and be a reflection of him. Chapter after chapter, I found myself reading the Psalms in a fresh way and being led to worship, lament, confession, and prayer.

Nancy Guthrie

Bible teacher and author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series

We know that God intends to change how we think and how we behave, but we don’t always expect that God intends to change how we feel. But, as Teach Me to Feel so beautifully shows, God has given us a whole book to guide us into feeling rightly. With profound insights tucked into short chapters, this book helps us as readers apply the words of the psalmists to our own souls—leading us into honesty with God, confidence in God, and joy with God.

Independent reviews
 

Teach me to feel.

Alistair Chalmers, Chalmers, 30 Dec 2019

This book is written specifically for women. Emotions are tricky things, they can override and take over or we can suppress them, neither is helpful.... continue reading

Customer reviews


20 Jan 2024

“Solid Biblical Encouragement”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

Courtney Reissig explains that when she experienced her darkest moments, she found the psalms uniquely helpful. When she was dealing with pregnancy complications, fearing her own death and the death of her unborn child, the psalms spoke to her in a powerful way, helping her to process difficult emotions and worship in the midst of her pain and fear. Throughout this book, Reissig explores how Psalms speaks to readers in different seasons of life, and each chapter focuses on a different psalm and the primary emotion its expresses.

This book is like a hybrid between a devotional and a Bible study. The chapters are longer and more in-depth than a devotional reading, but are also simpler and more straightforward than a typical Bible study, since the reader does not have to contribute anything to the author’s full exposition.

This book can help readers connect with the psalms in a new way, and I appreciate how Reissig shares vulnerable reflections from her own life and includes a variety of possible applications for her readers. Many of her personal stories relate to motherhood, but she also includes examples and applications for women in different circumstances and life stages. However, I found it disappointing that Reissig only directed this book to women. The vast majority of this book involves spiritual truths that apply to the church at large, and men need the same wisdom and encouragement, even when illustrations would differ.

“Teach Me to Feel” is an encouraging guide to how viewing our experiences through the lens of Scripture can help us endure through suffering and keep our eyes on God through all of the different things that we feel. The author's many gendered references mostly limit this to a female audience, but the book is full of biblical wisdom and encouragement for dealing with a wide variety of feelings and types of experiences.

Note: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


18 Jan 2024

“Beautifully written—a balm”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

This was not trite, nor was it cliche—two things I brace myself for when reading devotionals and books about the Psalms. Instead it was melodic and moving with just enough personal story to help the reader connect.

I started reading this book in an "unemotional" season—meaning, I didn't think I would really connect with it as much as I would if I was going through something challenging, etc. But I was wrong! This book is for those who "feel like they're all good," as well as for those going through their Valley of Baca. Stock this book in your home to turn to in joy, sorrow, and every emotion in between.

Thank you to The Good Book Company for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!


9 Jan 2024

“Great to understand how to use the Psalms in various seasons of life”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

This book is great for helping one understand how the Psalms can be useful in each season you experience. Through the highs and lows, there are psalms that can be prayed, sung, read, ect. Reissig covers 23 different things you may feel/experience at one point or another and discusses Psalms in relation to that topic. I’d highly recommend having your Bible next to you as you read this book so you can read through the Psalm fully and can take advantage of the additional Psalm(s) she includes at the end of each chapter.
Reissig uses her experience as a woman and a mother to connect to the Psalms she discusses as well as the reader which allows for the book to feel very relatable.
At the end of each chapter there are reflection questions about the chapter and then an additional section to dig deeper through reading an additional Psalm listed at the end of the chapter and answering additional reflection questions. Again, have your Bible handy to get the most out of these sections!


8 Jan 2024

“Easy to understand and relate to”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

Teach Me to Feel by Courtney Reissig is sub-titled Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life. The psalms are among my favorite parts of the Bible maybe because I feel a little less crazy when I see some of the ups and downs of the psalmist's emotions. In Teach Me To Feel, Reissig shares some personal stories, her emotions that relate, and the psalms.

I like how down to earth this author is. I found this book to very easy to read and relate to. I have been through miscarriages and I had a fairly difficult time birthing my son, although my story is different than hers. The book starts off with her sharing this story and her tangled emotions. I could relate to a lot of what she wrote. She covers 22 emotions from grief and envy to pain and worthlessness throughout the book so actually there is a lot to relate to through the whole book. She also covers gratitude, contentment and hope. From one end of the spectrum to the other, I could relate to her stories in this book.

I also like how Reissig included discussion questions at the end of each chapter in Teach Me To Feel as well as ways to dig deeper. If you are interested in seeing how our emotions relate to the God of the Bible, I encourage you to give it a try. However, I don't think this is a book to just breeze through to get the most out of it. Rather it is one to work through as a Bible study or during your devotional time--either on your own or in a study group.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.


5 Jan 2024

“Love, love loved this book!”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

Love, love, loved this! Some chapters applied specifically to my life in this season, and I know I will refer back to this book in future seasons!

A quote I loved:
"In the Psalms, I wasn't only understood, but I also had language for my fears. In the Psalms, I had language for my distress. But in the Psalms, I also had language for God - I saw him for who he is, and I was able to trust him. The Psalms sustained me in my darkest moments...The Psalms taught me to feel the reality of life, in all its complexities, and they brought healing in the process."


4 Jan 2024

“Such a needed book!”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

I haven't always appreciated the Psalms. As with so much of scripture, the more you study and understand it, the more you come to love and cherish it. Over the past 2 years I have come back to the Psalms over and over and continually grow in my love for this book of the BIble.

Teach me to feel is a book about Worshipping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life. The idea behind it is that the Psalms give us the language to express our feelings and emotions. We as Christian women often think very narrowly about how we are "supposed to feel". The Psalms show us that we were made to feel and that God can handle all of our big emotions.

"By seeing a particular feeling displayed in a particular psalm, you will be inviting God to teach you to feel. You will be letting him give you language to cry out to him or praise him, giving you a way to grow in your faith and through your feelings. God cares about every part of his image-bearers -- including our feelings."

There is another wonderful book I've read that is similar called Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy. That book only focuses on how the Psalms teach us to lament. I really enjoyed that this book covers other emotions found in Psalms.

I haven't finished the entire book, but I've loved what I've read! I have a plan to slowly read through the Psalms in 2024 and I want to save a few of the chapters to read as I go through the Psalms.


3 Jan 2024

“A huge encouragement”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

This book has felt like a gift from the Lord in a time when my emotions are somewhat all over the place at times. With three small children it can be difficult to find the time to really sit with God and let him know how we feel. To truly lament, share our frustrations or anger. These short chapters provide great food for thought, inspiration and biblical truth to help you and I come to God with how we feel.


2 Jan 2024

“Emotions in the Psalms”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

Courtney takes you on a quick but thorough trip through the Psalms in order to show us how our range of emotions are nothing that we can't bring to God. This is a helpful book to reference as the highs & lows of life bring so many different feelings into our hearts. Some trials can feel isolating, but this book comes alongside you & guides you to Scripture where you can find the hope & strength & love of God.


27 Dec 2023

“Encouraging Time in the Psalms”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

The Psalms are one of my favourite places to spend a morning or evening when things are tough, and I appreciated Reissig's book. It works through 24 Psalms, 22 of which seem designed to be read in response to when we feel _____, filling in the blank depending on the season of life we're in. I really liked that those categories weren't just some of the more 'usual' meditations on topics like anger or grief, but also included things like feeling "stuck in my faith" or "ashamed", which are rarely written on. It's a good book to read once and then keep on the shelf for encouragement, comfort and challenge when needed.


26 Dec 2023

“Encouraging”

(Review written for 'Teach Me To Feel')

Sometimes we let our feelings rule us. Other times we don't acknowledge our feelings and push them away, ashamed of how we feel. In her book, Teach Me to Feel, Courtney Reissig encourages us to bring our feelings to God and to be honest with Him. She walks us through 24 different emotions expressed throughout the Psalms and how to handle them biblically. She corrects our thinking and puts it into perspective, often pointing to Psalms 1 and 2. This book will definitely be one that I refer back to as I go through life's ups and downs.

"We will one day praise with everything we have in God's house forever. This is what gives us hope as we feel all sorts of things in the messy middle of life, and the messy middle of the Psalms."

Thank you @thegoodbookcompanyusa for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

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