“Anger & Stress Management God’s Way” + LINKUP

 

Anger & Stress Management God's WayWelcome to Mondays @ Soul Survival. Each week I feature a book that I consider a valuable resource. This week’s selection is Anger & Stress Management God’s Way by Wayne Mack.

 

Anger and Stress: Who hasn’t struggled with one or both of them at some time? And if we don’t learn to get them under control, they can cause a lifetime of damage.

Most of us know people who’ve been told they need “anger management,” but anger is ultimately a heart issue and if we don’t learn to manage it God’s way it will just show up somewhere else.

Stress is usually quieter, but can rob us of the peace and joy that can and should be ours.

I have used Dr. Mack’s book many times in counseling, but it can be used very effectively by individuals and couples, as well. It’s very readable, practical, and can be life changing for those looking for God’s truth in this area.

From the introduction:

Anger! Stress! These are two words that are used frequently in the course of our daily lives. They’re so commonly used because they describe a very common phenomenon. Who of us has not been on the giving and receiving end of anger? Unfortunately, the same is true of stress. We all know people or perhaps we’re the people who have been “stressed out.” Well, whether it’s anger or stress, we are all too familiar with the experience. Who of us has never observed or even been a participant in the devastating consequences of either of these two destroyers?

Yes, I call them destroyers because that’s what they are and do. Nothing good has ever come out of mishandled stress or sinful anger. Scripture says, “Wrath is fierce and anger a flood” (Proverbs 27: 4). How picturesque and how true is this description of sinful anger. An unbiblical kind of anger is like a flood that destroys people and property. Truly, “the wrath of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1: 20). In fact, it does the opposite. It never does anything good, but it surely does a lot of damage. So we must learn how to control it, or it will destroy us and other people either literally or figuratively.

Likewise, it can be said that stress is much like anger in its effects on the individual and his relationships with people. Eustress (good stress – a certain amount of concern) is good, but eustress can quickly and easily become distress, which by definition is that which causes sorrow, misery, pain or suffering.

The eight chapters that follow are full of practical information about the differences between sinful anger and righteous anger, the roots of stress, the consequences of mishandling anger and stress, and “the way of escape” from sinful ways of responding to the stressors and trigger points of life. Each truth is backed up with Scripture references.

One of the most helpful chapters contains six diagnostic questions to help us get to the heart of the issue and every chapter is punctuated with practical application questions.

If you struggle with either of these two negative emotions, Wayne Mack’s book might be just the tool you need. And if you know someone who struggles with anger or stress, why not get two copies and work through the study together?

Blessings,
Donna

 

 

Quotations taken from:
Mack, Wayne (2007-08-22). Anger & Stress Management God’s Way. Calvary Press. Kindle Edition.

You can get a copy of Anger & Stress Management God’s Way or shop for other resources here.


Previously featured books:

Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day by Glynnis Whitwer. Read about it here.

Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande of Peacemaker Ministries. Read about it here.

Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. Read about it here.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. Read about it here.

When Life Is Hard by James MacDonald. Read about it here.

Pleasing People: How Not to be an Approval Junkie by Lou Priolo. Read about it here.

Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Read about it here.

Gift-Wrapped by God: Secret Answers to the Question “Why Wait?” by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus. Read about it here.

The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children by Lou Priolo. Read about it here.

Sweethearts for a Lifetime: Making the Most of Your Marriage by Wayne and Carol Mack. Read about it here.

If I’m a Christian, Why Am I Depressed?: Finding Meaning and Hope in the Dark Valley One Man’s Journey by Robert B. Somerville. Read about it here.



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17 thoughts on ““Anger & Stress Management God’s Way” + LINKUP

  1. I keep thinking that I need to change the picture that goes with my Hebrews series now that the first day of spring has arrived — but we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow, and I’ll be done the study by the first week in April so . . .

    Blessed Sunday to you, Donna!

  2. Thank you for this, Donna! Anger and stress are my “things.” I do not say that lightly or as some sort of badge of honor. I just believe everybody has something, and these are my somethings. I mean, not ALL of them (I’m a mess), but these are two of the most prevalent. Pinning to my “books to read someday” board. Yes, I know, someday never comes. But I’m believing it will, if God tarries. 😉

    • Elizabeth, you’re so right. We do all have those things we struggle with, don’t we? Not that God causes us to sin, but I believe He leaves us all with our weaker areas, so we are aware of our need to depend on Him. Yet, it’s so easy to get self-righteous about someone else’s and consider our own just minor character flaws. Thank God for His mercy with us all, starting with me! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I wish I had that book at the beginning of my parenting years. I would have let go of some stressor that caused much distress – and created healthier expectations of certain situations!

    • Me, too! We do live and learn if we are growing in the Lord. Too bad it’s not retroactive! 🙂 Easter blessings!

  4. Sounds like another winner, Donna! I bought a Kindle version of the Mack’s book you highlighted last week. I’m looking forward to reading it and am grateful for your recommendations and the linkup too!

    • Brooke, it is very practical and can help us to refocus our thoughts when we’re tempted to give in to stress. I hope you check it out. Easter blessings!

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