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How to Pray When You're Pissed at God: Or Anyone Else for That Matterby Ian Punnett
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When things really go wrong, what do you do with the feeling that God is to blame? A popular Coast to Coast radio host (and Episcopal clergy) provides some answers. In a first of its kind book, Ian Punnett provides a spiritual path for expressing your rawest emotions through prayer and how to rebuild a relationship with one's higher power--or anybody else in your life.
In this important and practical book, Ian Punnett provides insight on feeling anger and resentment toward God and offers advice on how to deal with the pain and blame that accompanies these emotions. In a book that is edgy, timely, funny and compassionate, Punnett presents real help in everyday language for transforming the negativity of anger into a positive and useful force that will ultimately help us pray more effectively, bring us closer to God, enhance our spiritual relationship, and change the way we live and love others.
After a divorce, a broken friendship, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or even the accumulation of all the tiny cracks in our spirit from life's disappointments, it’s easy to feel pissed at God. When anger is left unchecked, it is harmful to our minds, bodies and souls.
“How to Pray When You’re Pissed at God is not “the last word” on angry prayer,” Punnett writes, “but it might be the first words you have ever heard on the topic. By the end of the book, it is my hope that you’ll understand the role of anger in our lives, the benefit of honest prayer, and the need for honest, angry prayer in the lives of the faithful and faithless.”
"Punnett, a radio host and Episcopal deacon, goes against the conventional religious grain by not only arguing that it's okay to be angry with God, but also showing readers how. He takes pains to demonstrate that his view is solidly based in the Bible, citing figures who contended with God (Moses, Job) and the numerous 'cursing psalms' in which the distraught psalmist asks God to break the teeth of his enemy or dash their little ones against a rock. He even suggests that the Bible's original Hebrew and Greek included a few pretty salty terms. A chapter on psychology is rather simple; indeed, so is the theology. Yet his central point is delightfully honest and subversive: take anger out on God, not a colleague, underling, or loved one. Most moving are prayers Punnett has collected from real people in difficult situations ('God, send me some love, and if you could dial back the suffering stuff a little'). This heartfelt little book is the answer to many prayers. (May 1)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When things go wrong who is easier to blame than God? One of Coast to Coast AM's popular radio hosts (and Episcopalian minister) provides a spiritual path for expressing your emotions through prayer and rebuilding a relationship with one's higher power.
Have you ever gotten pissed off at God? Moses did. So did Jesus. Anger van rear its ugly head in a broken relationship, after the passing of a loved one, over losing a job, or through the tiny cracks and crevices of life's disappointments. When anger is left unchecked, we often want to blame someone to alleviate our frustration. Sometimes that someone is God, but is it okay to be angry at the Almighty?
In this important and practical book, Ian Punnett provides insight on the reasons we sometimes feel anger and resentment toward God and offers advice on how to deal with the pain and blame that accompanies these emotions. In a book that is edgy, timely, funny and compassionate, Punnett presents real help in everyday language for transforming the negativity of anger into a positive and useful force that will ultimately help us pray more effectively, bring us closer to God, enhances our spiritual relationship, and change the way we live and love others.
About the Author
IAN PUNNETT is one of the hosts of Coast to Coast AM, a legendary radio show syndicated on almost 600 stations across North America and a deacon in The Episcopal Church who received his Masters of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
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