So often we find ourselves caught between extremes. We feel either too much or not enough. We tend to ignore our feelings or fight them off as if they were an enemy. But all emotion—whether positive or negative—can give us a glimpse of the true nature of God. We want to control our negative emotions and dark desires. God wants us to recognize them as the cry of our soul to be made right with him.
Beginning with the Psalms, Drs. Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III explore what Scripture says about our darker emotions. In this ground-breaking work, they reveal that, often our attempts to control our emotions—far from an attempt to be Christlike—are really a form of rebellion against God or an attempt to flee from him.
This book shows that emotions are neither an embarrassment nor an impediment to spirituality, but the very stuff God uses as he shapes his salvation in us.
—Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message
If we are to be rescued from the incessant tendency to psychologize the gospel, this book will be a good start. Dan and Tremper give us not more psychological information, but biblical encouragement to be faithful.
—Michael Card, singer and songwriter
With Logos, countless Scripture passages are just a click away. Whether you’re a counselor or you’re being counseled, the Logos edition of The Cry of the Soul brings the words of Scripture closer than ever to one of life’s greatest challenges. Search the entire volume by topic to find the exact resources you’re looking for and specific biblical insight on any question. Whether you’re a working counselor looking for a comprehensive set of practical tools or you’re a Christian dealing with the book’s topics in your own life, The Cry of the Soul can help you tackle one of today’s toughest issues.
Dan B. Allender received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and his PhD in counseling psychology from Michigan State University. Dan taught biblical counseling at Grace Theological Seminary for seven years (1983–1989). From 1989 to 1997, Dan worked as a professor in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colorado. Currently, Dan serves as a professor of counseling psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington.
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. Tremper has authored or coauthored 20 books and numerous articles.