Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Review: Listening to Negative Emotions

BookSneeze on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing provided a complimentary copy of Runaway Emotions: Why You Feel the Way You Do and What God Wants You to Do About It by Jeff Schreve in exchange for an honest review.
     We all experience the highs and lows of life sending us on an emotional roller coaster at times. Yet, many ignore the negative emotions and can suffer the consequences. But, what if there is a better way? What if we were to listen to our emotions and see them as an alarm sounding letting us know something is off?
     Author Jeff Schreve surmises that much and more in Runaway Emotions. God has given us a wide gamut of emotions to experience from the positive to the negative. Every human has needs that need to be met. When these needs are unmet than our emotional health becomes misaligned.  Schreve observes that those emotions are indicating a problem. For example, embarrassment is letting you know that your sense of self-worth is low. When we realize that our worth is in Christ our sense of self is secure and unshakable. In kind, the reader will work through loneliness, frustration, worry, anger, guilt, discontentment and depression. These emotions all have one main thing in common: they all lead us to God.
     I was impressed with the content of the book. He uses a sensible approach. It is biblically-based, yet is very personable and compassionate. The author validates the emotions we all go through without going so far to say we are spiritually sick or incompetent. Although, our spiritual health is certainly connected to our emotional health. I have found some books on mental health to be callous and critical of the suffering. Kudos to Schreve for having heart and allowing others to as well.
     Unfortunately, I have suffered some of these emotions and ailments intensely. However, I have seen the light of Christ and can validate the presented material. It is one of those books I could have utilized myself many times over in the past. The great part is now I can utilize it as a help to encourage others who are suffering, for none of our suffering is in vain.
     Runaway Emotions could make a nice gift for someone you know is suffering if you are in a great place with that person. Emotions are so personal that I would use caution placing this book in an other's hands. It would be prudent to read through it yourself first. If you are the one suffering, grab the book and delve in. Pray for strength and guidance and use Runaway Emotions as a jumping off point to begin your emotional healing.


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