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Vendor: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Hope for the Heart
Harsh criticism—whether through hurtful words or disapproving gestures—can cause emotional pain, strain relationships, and stunt personal growth. In this 96-page book, June Hunt shows how to respond, heal, and stop the cycle of criticism with the healing balm of the Word of God.
Is there someone in your life who has been critical of you? We have all been wounded by hurtful words of others whether it's the constant nagging of a spouse, an overly critical friend, or a fault-finding parent. At the root of a critical spirit often lie insecurities and unmet needs. For many, critical attitudes are caught from a home life where parents modeled this destructive behavior. Whether you feel constantly beat up by the biting words of others or whether you are personally struggling with an overly critical attitude, find out how to respond to harsh criticism and how to cultivate a caring spirit with this easy-to-understand book by June Hunt.
Discover how to—
- Respond to harsh criticism
- Confront someone with a critical spirit
- Accept constructive criticism
- Combat negative criticism with truth
- Demonstrate a caring—not critical spirit—toward others
Use this encouraging book as quick-reference or as a Bible study. Perfect for those who have been scared by the verbal criticism of others and for those who struggle with being overly critical.
What is a Critical Spirit? How Can You Recognize It?
June Hunt starts this minibook with a definitions section where she explains what a critical spirit is and its relationship to verbal and emotional abuse. She covers key characteristics, such as constant nagging, harsh judgment, unreasonable strict standards, excessive negative attitudes, and more. In this section, she explains:
- How to identify whether you or someone you know has a critical spirit
- 10 common characteristics of a critical person that often goes undetected
Using the critical rebukes of Job's friends as models (Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar), June Hunt explains the 9 key differences between a caring and critical spirit. As you dig deeper into Job's story, you'll see common forms of criticism and find out how to know when a relationship is giving off unhealthy warning signs.
What Causes Someone to Be Overly Critical? Why Are They So Mean?
This minibook will shed light on what often causes people to develop a critical spirit. A critical spirit doesn't just appear out of nowhere—it is created and nurtured by past negative experiences. One of the most common causes of a critical spirit is growing up in a home where criticism was a constant, where parents modeled a critical spirit before their children.
A critical spirit is often developed under the pressure of continual criticism—from unanticipated anger to unwarranted attacks. June Hunt shares not only what these causes are, but shares how to heal from these childhood wounds.
How Should I Respond to Harsh Criticism? How Can I Stop Being Overly Critical?
The last section titled Steps to Solution gives you practical advice on how to confront and cope with overly critical people. It also explains how to break the cycle of criticism by developing a caring spirit.
- 8 steps to stop being overly critical
- 8 ways to confront and cope with overly critical people
- 9 keys to creating a caring heart
- And much more!
Ann5 Stars Out Of 5I needed thisJune 9, 2017AnnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This information on critical spirit is based on the characters in the book of Job in the bible. Many people do not realize that Jobs attitude was not always pleasing to God. In fact he accused God of being unfair. I loved it when God addresses Job in chapter 38 "Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? June Hunt share characteristics of a Critical Spirit; and what better examples to use than Jobs friends. She shares causes for the Critical Spirit and Steps to Solution. Especially useful to me was how to respond to who is criticizing you. I found that I need to be humble and listen carefully because God may be using that person as holy sandpaper to soften my edges. Release you reputation to God and ask Him to help you with your relationships. This was such a profound statement for me. Being a school teacher, a teaching director of womens bible study, and the head of major committees at my church, I am often corrected or offered opinions, confronted and criticized. Andrew Murray on humility to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised also echoes Junes statement. Proverbs 27:6 also says to trust wounds from a friend. This booklet has shown me how to approach those who hurt me and also to apologize to those on the receiving end of my Critical Spirit. She shares ways on how to encourage a caring spirit in ourselves. What a treasure trove of pertinent verses on the power of the tongue. A very useful resource. Rose Publishing gave this to me for a fair review.
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