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Anger and Stress Management God’s Way

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Posted by Jason Ward, 28 Nov 2019

Jason Ward reviews a book on anger and stress management for Christians in the latest edition of Churchman.

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What an inadequate title for such a great, helpful and important book!

Please, dear reader, do not discard this recommendation simply because the title suggests it is some feeble pamphlet for the Christian Businessman.

This is proper theology, Puritan soul-searching and biblical counselling of the highest quality. Read it to learn how to preach, how to counsel the stressed or how to deal with your own sinful anger.
However, don’t take my word for it. The book starts with dozens of recommendations from pastors and biblical counsellors. Finally, Tedd Tripp introduces the book with a glowing appraisal of Mack’s work as one which is thorough on biblical foundation and filled with practical help. He is right.

This is a very deep treatment of the subject of anger, and functions well as a reference book. My highlighter picked out plenty of titbits, but mostly I used it to under-score his main headings as the way to diagnose, understand and treat anger and stress. Though it can be a reference book, it is also very easy to read, with plenty of anecdote, evidence and application. It also has some great humour. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but chapter 5 is excellent. At the end of each chapter, there are application questions to check you understood what he was teaching, and help you work through it for yourself.
This small book, then, is a reference volume for your own shelves, and we can thank P&R for reissuing it (originally published in 2004 by Calvary Press). It is a devotional to help you get into people’s lives with your teaching and preaching. It is a book you can work through one-to-one in your counselling. It is the book you can give to someone who realises they have issues with anger or stress.

Wayne A. Mack
Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2017 139pp £12.99pb ISBN: 9781629952956

This review is taken from the latest edition of Churchman, our quarterly theological journal. Purchase this edition here or subscribe to the journal here.

Jason Ward is vicar of St Mary's Church, Chaddesden.

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