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The Heart of Anger: How the Bible Transforms Anger in Our Understanding and Experience

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Each person experiences anger—in their own hearts and in the words and actions of others. In this doctrinal, pastoral, and practical book, Christopher Ash and Steve Midgley explore the Bible’s teaching about anger through biblical examples such as Moses, Saul, David, and the Ephesian church as well as present-day accounts. Though sometimes right and godly, anger is more often rooted in greed, lust, love of control, or pride. Only once the source of anger is recognized can the gospel of Jesus Christ—God’s perfect wrath poured out on his Son for the sins of many—bring true freedom, transforming a heart of anger into a heart filled with the love of God.

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Resource Experts
  • Provides a survey of biblical anger
  • Explains how a proper understanding of God’s wrath can transform anger
  • Considers the role of the local church in the healing of anger

Part 1: Biblical Portraits of Human Anger

  • Anger and the Human Heart
  • Getting to the Heart of Anger
  • Anger and Harm
  • Anger and Power
  • Anger and Self-Righteousness
  • Anger and Pride
  • Anger and the Crowd
  • Using Others to Serve our Angry Madness
  • Righteous Anger?

Part 2: Leave Room for an Angry God

  • The Anger of God Is Good
  • The Anger of God Is Evident
  • The Anger of God Is a Jealous Love
  • The Anger of God Is Slow but Sure
  • The Anger of God Is Revealed in Jesus
  • Leave Room for an Angry God

Part 3: First Steps in Defusing Human Anger

  • Contrast Our Own Anger with His: In the Matter of Knowledge
  • Expose the Agenda behind Our Anger: An Example from Parenting
  • Feeling Mad: Uncovering the Emotions Hiding Beneath

Part 4: Find Joy in the Peace of Christ

  • New Desires in Christ
  • A New “Crowd” in Christ
  • A New Peace in Christ
  • A New Power in Christ
  • A New Humbling from Christ
  • A New Love from Christ
  • Learn Wisdom in Christ

Top Highlights

“At the heart of his anger was a love of being in control and the fear of losing that control” (Page 19)

“Sin is a delusion. A kind of madness. And in that madness, I am more than capable of operating as if the world should bend to my will.” (Page 33)

“self-righteousness, it is at its most toxic, for self-righteousness denies the possibility of repentance” (Page 53)

“behind frustration is sin—the sin that has led me to take the place of God” (Page 125)

“The very thing they seek is the very thing that their anger destroys” (Page 33)

Christopher Ash is writer-in-residence at Tyndale House in Cambridge and a full-time preacher, speaker, and writer. He previously served as the director of the Proclamation Trust’s Cornhill Training Course and as a minister and church planter. He and his wife, Carolyn, are members of St. Andrew the Great Church in Cambridge, and have four children and seven grandchildren.

Steve Midgley is senior minister of Christ Church, Cambridge, and executive director of Biblical Counselling UK. Steve serves on the board of Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation and is also a conference speaker and lectures on biblical counseling at Oak Hill Theological College in London. He and his wife, Beth, have three adult children.


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  1. Floyd  Johnson

    Floyd Johnson


    A well-written description of anger and its impact on the human condition. After reading this 200+ page book I don’t know whether to classify it as a theology of anger, a counseling textbook (an ancillary text), or a self-help book - and in fact it is all three. As a theology text, the book explores how anger is defined and expressed by both God and man. As a counseling textbook it will prepare the helping professional to address the causes and repercussions of unaddressed anger. As a self-help book, the book allows the reader to address their own concerns and to move forward in their life. The book also includes a number of helpful appendices: 1. A Checklist for Our Anger - to help evaluate where and how we need help to understand the reader’s personal struggle with anger. 2. A Devotional Response to Our Anger - guiding the believer in his response before God as they address anger in their lives. 3. General Index 4. Scripture Index These last two were not available for review in the Advanced Reader’s Copy I received. The book is not difficult reading and is rooted in scripture. It has a place on both the pastor’s shelf and in the church library’s. I give the book 5-stars. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.


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