God created us as emotional beings after his own image. IN way too many sermons and books, emotions were treated as something that should be submitted to the ratio, will, or Jesus Christ’s, as if they don’t matter and Christians should strive to become balanced, moderate, and emotional flat. In Untangling Emotions, J. Alasdair Groves & Winston T. Smith draw different conclusions. Circumstances and feelings shouldn’t reign, but emotions are real. It’s how we act or fuel our emotions that can make a difference. Think of anger management, accept and offer forgiveness instead of indulging in shame and guilt, and forest the fruit of the Holy Spirit amidst adverse situations or emotions. The authors untangle different emotions, from grief and anger to joy and plea for a conscious way to respond to your emotions, including how you feel about how you feel. It is of vital importance to your relationship with God and others in your life. Our emotions are one of the most common and commonly misunderstood opportunities in our lives to grow in maturity and love.
Emotions happen in our body, yet we live in a historical moment where the tendency is to overstate the role of the body. Our souls and flesh are interwoven. Understanding the mechanics of the brain is not the same as understanding how to live rightly before the Lord. We were made to respond with love for what is good and hatred for what is evil. No matter how much we come to understand the biology of our brains, we will still always need to wrestle with our emotions as expressions of what we love. Helping your respond with godly maturity to your emotions, good, bad and ugly, is the core message of this book, that involves a lot of theology and less on neuroscience.
About the authors
J. Alasdair Groves (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the executive director for the New England branch of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is also the director of CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling.
Winston T. Smith (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the rector at Saint Anne’s Church in Abington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Marriage Matters.
I received a free review copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased opinion upon reading.