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5 Stars Out Of 5
August 4, 2013
i am an emotional girl, plain and simple. and so many times i allow my emotions to run out of control and dictate my actions. so once i saw the this book, i knew i needed to read it.
this was an amazingly powerful book for me. i was going through a stressful, worry-filled time. and to be honest, when i worry it makes me sassy. the other members of my household are not so much fans of this. i read the chapter on worry and instantly my heart was calmed. it made me explore my own out-of-control emotions and what God wants me to do with them. at the end of the book, i was left with such a greater knowledge of my emotions and how God uses them to speak to us.
it was written in such a down-to-earth, easy to read format. it held my attention and at times, i even had a hard time putting it down. i would definitely recommend this book.
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We are always cautioned not to think with our feelings, but I was never really sure what that meant. In Jeff Schreve's book, Runaway Emotions, he gives a Biblical reference for how to deal with our emotions. I knew that emotions were indicators; however, I never perceived them as warning signs from God. This book offers a fresh perspective on how to process your emotions and not become a victim of them. Satan uses the low periods in our life to distract us and separate us from God. If we are not looking for the warning signs and allow our emotions to control us, we are likely to fall for Satan's lies. God created us to feel, but not to let our feelings control us. Emotions are one way that God communicates with us as Mr. Schreve points out. This book teaches you how to step back from your emotions and evaluate what God might be trying to tell you or warn you about. If you feel like you are always living on an emotional roller coaster, this book will help you to research what your feelings might be trying to tell you.
Emotions serve a purpose in our lives, Schreve says. Uncomfortable and undesirable feelings serve as warning bells, telling us something is wrong. They reveal deep, unhealthy thinking.
Schreve explores the emotions many of us deal with. Embarrassment and insecurity relate to our desire for self worth. He helps us deal with feelings of inferiority by advising we incorporate into our lives the infinite worth we have because we have been born into the family of God and because of the price Jesus paid for us.
Loneliness deals with our God given desire for companionship and authentic relationships. We are to give ourselves to the Lord, he suggests and give ourselves to others. When we understand God's law of giving, we'll receive.
He identifies frustration as a blend of anger and discouragement. We are to remember that God knows all about us, that He has a special plan for us and that He will equip us.
He also writes about worry - a faith issue. We are to trust God, give Him ownership, and seek Him first. Anger is a control issue and we are to recognize God is in control and choose His grace. He discusses guilt and the wrong and right ways to deal with it. For discontentment, our recognizing why we experience difficult things is the beginning of the cure. And depression: "Depressed people are fixated on the wrong things." (203)
Schreve ends his book by reminding us that God does not want us to get stuck in one of these negative feelings. The choice is ours.
He has given very good suggestions for understanding the why of the negative emotions and for moving beyond them. As with many books like this one, the choice lies with the reader. And his suggestions are not always easy, such as forgiving those who have hurt you, or, disciplining your mind to think correctly. For you to benefit from this book you would really need to work on his suggestions. He shares examples from his life and the lives of others to encourage you to do that.
The strong point of the book for me was finding out what the negative emotions indicate. We sometimes get so caught up in the emotion we fail to think of what God is communicating to us. Schreve has done an excellent job in identifying the underlying faith or thinking issues that are revealed by the negative emotion.
If you genuinely want to understand your negative emotions and desire godly suggestions that will lead you to having God's peace in your heart, this book is for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
This one's hot off the presses. It came out July 2nd and when I chose it, no one had reviewed it for BookSneeze.
Speaking of heat, note the smoke detector on the cover. Each chapter features a negative emotion (think anger, embarrassment, guilt, etc.) and the "warning" - something is "on fire." (Thank you for making that so easy, Mr. Schreve.)
I'm very glad I waited a few days between being done with this book and publishing on it, especially because I tweeted Mr. Schreve while I was reading it (and he responded). I myself got overheated reading it, and I find myself deleting much of what I typed. For example, I considered this bad news, from the chapter on loneliness: "Don't give with getting as your motive, because then you will be consumed with self and the 'it's all about me' paradigm all over again. That kind of giving doesn't receive a blessing. As one Christian philanthropist astutely remarked, 'If you give because it pays, it won't pay.'" Is anyone that pure? Why would someone, say, volunteer, if he didn't think there'd be a personal benefit? Even if it's just feeling better. Or thinking we'll get what we want if we try to do what God wants us to. Or even thinking it will help us get to Heaven? Is that selfish?
My question is addressed in the chapter on frustration. (Ha.) Says Schreve, "Do we really want what He wants for our lives, or do we want Him to simply rubber-stamp our plans and desires? Do we come to Him with our minds already made up, merely asking for His blessing? Do we say, 'Lord, I will do this, but I won't do that, and I won't go there.'" Talk about frustration!
This seems to contradict a point Schreve makes in the same chapter, on worry. He cites Psalm 37:4: "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Would you believe as I looked up the quote on the Internet, an ad for this very book appeared? Cue the Twilight Zone theme.) And while Schreve doesn't bring it up, there's this favorite of mine from Mark 11:24: "So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
This brings me back to my age-old question: How do good, faithful Christians (Tebow, Holtz, Schilling etc.) achieve things that would seem to take priority, if they are to be achieved? Are they really just that gifted? And am I doomed to never figure it out? The discouragement continues when Schreve states worry is the polar opposite of faith, and it's "nothing more than practical atheism." He calls it, italics his, "sin." Thanks. I know a chronic worrier who'd feel worse - not better - if she read this. Not that this is meant to be a feel-good book.
This is a breezy book you can finish in one night, but be prepared: it may well put you in a lasting funk.
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