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Love, anger, jealousy, hope---sometimes we live at the mercy of our emotions. How can we better understand and control them? Bringing biblical clarity to a confusing subject, this mother-daughter team unpacks the role of feelings in everyday life, helps you cultivate godly habits, and encourages you to celebrate your emotions as a gift from God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433552477
ISBN-13: 9781433552472

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A mother-daughter team offers women a fresh perspective on their emotions straight from God's Word, helping them handle their feelings in a way that honors God and others.

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Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Having spent over thirty years as a pastor's wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences. She is the author of Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk, Shopping for Time and True Beauty. She blogs with her daughters at GirlTalkHome.com, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., have four children and twelve grandchildren.

Nicole Whitacre is a wife and mother of four. She is the coauthor of Girl Talk, Shopping for Time, and True Beauty, and blogs with her mom and sisters at GirlTalkHome.com, a blog about biblical womanhood.

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  1. ATaylor
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Much-Needed Thoughts on Emotions!
    October 30, 2017
    ATaylor
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This book, True Feelings, is reaching bookstore shelves at precisely the right moment. It is accessible and encouraging in its language. It is a fast read. And, most importantly, it is written in a season of our society when emotions are often given free reign on social media. Sometimes, what I hope to be a simple and quick scroll through my newsfeed leaves me reeling, as though Ive been in the middle of a yelling match (in which I wasnt participating).

    Christian, it is the right time to talk about emotions.

    Mahoney and Whitacre set forth the following question: If one attends a church that teaches soundly from Scripture, how is it that they fail to progress in the Christian life? They also posit this answer: We do not have a biblical understanding of emotions or, therefore, the capacity to handle them biblically. Subsequently, the authors spend the duration of the book helping readers understand three things:

    1. Where our emotions come from,

    2. the purpose for our emotions, and

    3. how we can, by Gods grace, change our emotions (and how we handle them) over time.

    I believe this book starts in the right spotwhy we have emotions in the first place. Many times, the authors reference our cultural proclivity to suppress emotions and our assumption that any strong emotion is bad. But emotions are from God, for the glory of God (p. 56). Our job is to consider how He would have us to feel about things, and we learn that by steeping our minds and hearts in the Word.

    I particularly appreciate the chapter dedicated to the long-game of changing what we feel by changing what we believe and value, by setting these things next to Scripture and seeing if they align. (If not, we ask the Lord to change our hearts.) The authors address the concept of feeling the right emotion, at the right time, with the right intensity. They quote Mark Talbot, who states that emotions should be proportioned to the right value of their objects. If Im losing my mind over a traffic jam, its probably time to step back and evaluate why I am reacting the way I am. A bit of time is given to discuss how our physiological condition impacts our emotions, but I appreciate that Mahaney and Whitacre dont allow for challenging circumstances to be an excuse for sin. They are clear that our job is to feel things and respond to them with behavior that is God-glorifying.

    Some of my other favorite chapters were devoted to equipping the reader with tools for battling out-of-control emotions in the moment, plus daily disciplines to cultivate deeper self-control. This includes Scripture intake, prayer, replacing bad habits (e.g., dwelling on failures) with godly ones (e.g., meditating on truths about God or a Scripture that combats a particular lie you believe), and recognizing Gods good gifts to us.

    Overall, True Feelings covers all the bases and leaves the reader understanding her own heart-processes a little better. This would make a great book club read, because it is ripe with discussion topics. Hopefully Crossway will produce a discussion or study guide PDF to accompany True Feelings. Ill keep an eye out for it!

    *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher.
  2. Reenie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a Biblical perspective on our emotions - very helpful
    October 26, 2017
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    I appreciate so many things about this book. It speaks honestly about our emotions and brings a biblical perspective on them. It is encouraging as well as convicting. It had a nice balance of insight and practical ideas to help us grow. It gave examples to show how applying the principles and ideas would work.

    I also liked the fact that the authors come from different emotional bents. One is more even-keeled while the other experiences more highs and lows emotionally. It is easy for these two types of people to not understand where the other is coming from so I appreciated the balance that that brought to the book. I could easily relate and found my own leanings and saw the strengths and weaknesses of each bent.

    While many things were helpful, I found the chapter on painful emotions particularly so. Our emotions are so heightened during times of pain and suffering. They can cause us to drive deeper into the Lord or deeper into ourselves. The Mahaneys deal with this topic with compassion and grace.

    Thank you to Crossway for providing a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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