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True Feelings

God's gracious and glorious purpose for our emotions

Pointing women to godly habits and unpacking the role of feelings in everyday life, this book offers hope for flourishing with the emotions that God gave them.

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Emotions can be confusing. At times, we live at the mercy of our emotions, feeling helpless to understand them and powerless to control them. But the Bible brings clarity to this confusion, showing women that emotions are ultimately a gift from God.

In this book, a mother-daughter team offers women a fresh perspective on their feelings straight from God's Word, helping them handle emotions in a way that honours God and others. Pointing women to godly habits and unpacking the role of feelings in everyday life, this book offers hope for flourishing with the emotions that God gave them.

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  • Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Introduction: The Soaring Pays for the Thud . . . Or Does It?
  • 1. Fact, Fiction, and Feelings
  • 2. The Gift of Emotions
  • 3. Why Do I Feel This Way?
  • 4. Feeling Good
  • 5. Emotional Emergency Measures
  • 6. How Do I Control My Emotions?
  • 7. Act to Feel
  • 8. God’s Purpose in Pain
  • 9. Godly Emotions for Life
  • Notes
  • General Index
  • Scripture Index

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Contributors Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre
ISBN 9781433552472
Format Paperback
First published October 2017
Dimensions 133mm x 203mm x 10mm
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher Crossway

Nancy Wilson

Pastor’s wife; homemaker; grandmother of seventeen; author, Learning Contentment

I love a book that is both practical and convicting, and what better topic than a biblical approach to our emotions! With careful writing, these wise women walk us through the process of identifying our feelings, and then they show us how to profit from and guide them in a God-glorifying way.

Jani Ortlund

Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries

This gifted mother-and-daughter team do it again! With striking clarity, insightful illustrations, and the wisdom that comes from walking with God, Carolyn and Nicole put to rest the ever-ready excuse, ‘I just can’t help how I feel.’ They teach us from Scripture why God gave us emotions and how to interpret what those emotions reveal about our actual beliefs and values. For anyone who has ever felt confused, guilty, or exhausted by runaway emotions, True Feelings is a must-read.

Donald S. and Caffy Whitney

Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Family Worship; and his wife, Caffy

The best books are well-written, biblically sound, have universal appeal, and offer both penetrating insight and practical help. The mother/daughter writing team of Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre has given us such a book. Women are their primary audience, but nearly all the book is applicable to men. They’ll surprise you by showing how often the Bible speaks to the subject of emotions and thereby help you see fresh insights into familiar texts. Carolyn and Nicole are honest about the reality of negative feelings and avoid the simplistic, shallow, ‘turn lemons into lemonade’ answers. Emotions are a God-created part of each of us. They tell us what we value and move us to action. But like every other part of us they are affected by sin, yet can be sanctified for our joy and God’s glory. As every Christian can identify with this struggle, so every Christian can benefit from this book.

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True Feelings | Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre | £9.99 £6.99