Synopses & Reviews
This book presents a biblical and practical look at the emotions of Christians, building on the concept that most contemporary Christians have misconceptions about why we have emotions and how we should handle them.
Trusting God doesn’t mean being consistently tranquil or subdued. Truth is, such a view makes life flat and two dimensional. We often forget that emotions are a gift; to fear them or stow them away would be to deny a huge part of what makes us human. This book explores the significance of the gift and the benefits of living a robust life of thought, action, and feeling. Illuminating the emotional life of Christ and his followers, Dr. Gerald Peterman asks:
- If I’m forgiven, why do I feel guilt and shame?
- What about anger? What if I’m angry with God?
- What is the place of sadness in the Christian life?
- Is love only an action?
Emotions don’t just happen to us like the virus or the flu; they are inherently part of us. Readers will find that the discussion extends beyond “good” and “bad,” as many emotions are neutral and it is up to them to figure out how to glorify God with them. Extended chapters on love and anger are included.
About the Author
GERALD PETERMAN is Professor of Bible and Director of the Master of Arts, Biblical and Theological Studies at Moody Bible Institute. Before coming to Moody he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, FL, spent 4 1/2 years doing church planting for the Evangelical Free Church in central Florida and in south central Iowa, and also served eight years in the Air National Guard as a Chaplain. Peterman also serves part-time at his local church. For Moody Publishers he has written Joy and Tears: The Emotional Life of the Christian (2013) and is currently co-authoring Between Pain and Grace: A Biblical Theology of Suffering with Dr. Andrew Schmutzer. Research interests include New Testament Greek Language and Exegesis, Greek and Roman Background to the New Testament, and Biblical Theology. Gerald has been married to Marjory L. Peterman since January 1984, with two adult daughters, Bethany and Grace.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why "e;The Emotional Life of the Christian?"e;
Chapter 2: How Emotions Work
Chapter 3: The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy
Chapter 4: If I'm Forgiven, Why Do I Feel Guilt and Shame?
Chapter 5: In My Family, We Never Talked about Anger
Chapter 6: What If I'm Angry with God?
Chapter 7: Is Love Only an Action
Chapter 8: Fear: A Good Kind and a Bad Kind
Chapter 9: Having Both Contentment and Holy Longing
Chapter 10: The Loss of Sadness
Chapter 11: Conclusion: Emotions and Spiritual Growth