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The Heart of Anger

How the Bible Transforms Anger in Our Understanding and Experience

Christopher Ash

This doctrinal, pastoral and practical book explores the Bible's teaching about anger.

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Everyone experiences anger—in their own hearts and in the words and actions of others. In this doctrinal, pastoral, and practical book, Christopher Ash and Steve Midgley explore the Bible’s teaching about anger through present-day accounts and biblical examples such as Moses, Saul, David, and the Ephesian church.

Though sometimes right and godly, anger is more often rooted in greed, lust, love of control, or pride. Only once the source of anger is recognized can the gospel of Jesus Christ—God’s perfect wrath poured out on his Son for the sins of many—bring true freedom, transforming a heart of anger into a heart filled with the love of God.

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  • Introduction: Anger and Why It Matters
  • Part 1: Biblical Portraits of Human Anger
  • Chapter 1: Anger and the Human Heart
  • Chapter 2: Getting to the Heart of Anger
  • Chapter 3: Anger and Harm
  • Chapter 4: Anger and Power
  • Chapter 5: Anger and Self-Righteousness
  • Chapter 6: Anger and Pride
  • Chapter 7: Anger and the Crowd
  • Chapter 8: Using Others to Serve our Angry Madness
  • Chapter 9: Righteous Anger?
  • Part 2: Leave Room for an Angry God
  • Chapter 10: The Anger of God Is Good
  • Chapter 11: The Anger of God Is Evident
  • Chapter 12: The Anger of God Is a Jealous Love
  • Chapter 13: The Anger of God Is Slow but Sure
  • Chapter 14: The Anger of God Is Revealed in Jesus
  • Chapter 15: Leave Room for an Angry God
  • Part 3: First Steps in Defusing Human Anger
  • Chapter 16: Contrast Our Own Anger with His in the Matter of Knowledge
  • Chapter 17: Expose the Agenda behind Our Anger: An Example from Parenting
  • Chapter 18: Feeling Mad: Uncovering the Emotions Hiding Beneath
  • Part 4: Find Joy in the Peace of Christ
  • Chapter 19: New Desires in Christ
  • Chapter 20: A New Crowd in Christ
  • Chapter 21: A New Peace in Christ
  • Chapter 22: A New Power in Christ
  • Chapter 23: A New Humbling from Christ
  • Chapter 24: A New Love from Christ
  • Chapter 25: Learn Wisdom in Christ
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix 1: A Checklist for Our Anger
  • Appendix 2: A Devotional Response to Our Anger
  • General Index
  • Scripture Index

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Contributors Christopher Ash
ISBN 9781433568480
Format Paperback
First published March 2021
Dimensions 152mm x 228mm x 25mm
Language English
Pages 224
Publisher Crossway

Nancy Guthrie

Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story

I found myself jotting down quote after quote as I read through this book filled with so much insight into the Scriptures, as well as insight into human behavior. Then I came to the question, ‘What can Christ do for our anger that anger management courses cannot?’ and in the pages that followed, I realized I had just struck gold—gospel hope for those who recognize the damage anger is doing in their lives and relationships and their need of a source outside themselves to deal with it.

Mark D. Thompson

Principal, Moore Theological College

This book meets a real need. It gives us a warm, biblical, easily accessible treatment of one of those sins that causes great havoc but is rarely given serious attention. Most of us have suffered the anger of others at one point or another, and most of us can remember times when we failed and lashed out at others. We need to hear what the whole of the Bible has to say about anger, to distinguish between our self-centered anger and God’s righteous anger, and to learn strategies to deal with anger in all its forms. Above all, after reading this book, do take the time to work through the immensely practical and helpful appendixes.

Ed Welch

Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Imagine being more skillful, less reactive, and humble in the face of your own anger or the anger of others. Imagine how many relationships could find peace and avoid prolonged wars. The Heart of Anger guides you there. It is gentle and clear, thorough and hopeful. The illustrations will have you saying, ‘That’s me.’ And it will give you direction today.

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