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Have you been hurt by someone and want to learn to trust again? Do you need help with your sadness or anger? Are you looking for relief from shame, anxiety, or fear? Do you desire the true happiness and love that come with emotional healing? Christian psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Mark Bauer shows how to handle eight basic human emotions in order to heal from emotional pain--and discover the bright future God has in store for you. Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is the same compassionate advice he shares with his clients, allowing you to reap the benefits of expert counseling from the comfort of your own home. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800728823
ISBN-13: 9780800728823

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There are eight basic human emotions that all people experience--hurt, guilt/shame, anger, anxiety, sorrow, fear, happiness, and love. We might believe we make sense of our lives by thinking through our experiences, but neuroscience shows that the part of our brains that processes emotions is many times faster than the part where logic and reason hold sway. It's the way God created us, but if we do not develop wisdom for handling our feelings, we may find that our emotions continue to get the best of us.

Thankfully, the Bible is full of guidance about our emotions. With keen insight into human psychology and a gift for drawing wisdom for life from Scripture, Dr. Mark Baker shows readers how they can find comfort and promote emotional health in their lives. Anyone experiencing distress in their relationships or struggling with overwhelming emotions or even traumatic events will find clear biblical help and healing, leading them to a happier, more fulfilled life.

Author Bio

Mark W. Baker, PhD, has been a clinical psychologist for more than 25 years. The author of the bestselling Jesus--The Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived, Dr. Baker holds advanced degrees in both theology and clinical psychology, is executive director of the La Vie Counseling Centers in Pasadena, and has a private practice in Santa Monica, California. He is also a frequent speaker on Christian radio and at churches in the Los Angeles area.

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  1. Starla
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful Resource
    December 15, 2017
    Starla
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I selected to read "Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You" by Dr. Mark W. Baker on a whim because I've been studying up on the emotional life lately and Baker has strong credentials for speaking into this area of research. I was pleasantly surprised with the simple insights that Baker brings to communicate aspects of emotional health in ways that make sense.

    This book is written like a collection of blog posts, including 91 brief essays (each about 4-5 pages on average) which explore various aspects of the 8 primary emotions in focus. These eight essential sections focus on 1) Hurt and Suffering, 2) Guilt and Shame, 3) Anger, 4) Anxiety, 5) Sorrow, 6) Fear, 7) Happiness, and 8) Love. In each essay, Baker introduces a principle (i.e. that anger is a part of grief) and then illustrates how that principle may play out in real life by telling a story of one of his clients. This method proves helpful for understanding the practical implications of how emotions affect actual lives in distinct contexts.

    Overall, I recommend "Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life" for two contexts. First, as a leader, this is a nice resource to have on my shelf as a reference material when I'm discipling or training people who are first venturing into the realm of emotional intelligence. Second, this book could function as a good devotional for someone who would like a small reading each day. Over the course of three months, it would provide much food for thought.

    My biggest criticism of this book is its title: I think it markets the book poorly. This is not just a self-help book that offers a quick fix for how to become happy. Exploring the emotional life is a lot of hard work. Dr. Mark Baker is also a credible psychotherapist--not a prosperity preacher/self-help guru type. If the expectation of a reader is to find an easy road to happiness, they will most likely be very disappointed. Rather, readers can expect a simple primer on some of the many nuances of emotion, which should be read alongside other books and explored in community. It's probably most helpful when used as extra resource material to accompany counseling.

    With the right expectations, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. It well accomplishes its aim.

    * A special thank you to the Revell publishing company for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dealing with Common Emotions
    November 2, 2017
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is written by Mark W. Baker, PhD. The book is broken up into eight sections that deal with the key emotions we all have. Each of these sections is broken up into several small, easy to read chapters. Each of the chapters starts with a Bible verse and then the author uses his personal experiences or clients stories to bring across what he is trying to teach the reader. In these chapters the author shows the reader how to deal with these emotions to be able to heal from emotional pain. The author uses his counseling experiences to help the reader to understand and learn how to deal with emotions.

    This book is well written and gives a lot of very valuable information, but I personally feel it is not written as a self help book. I feel that this is more a resource for professionals who deal with helping those struggling with problems. The author explains emotions differently that I typically would think. Some examples would be: anger is energy to solve a problem and grief is a way you make room in your heart for future love.

    I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.
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