Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: Runaway Emotions

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 In his book, Runaway Emotions, Schreve seeks to show "how the truth of the Bible can make sense of our confusion.  The power of the Holy Spirit  can lead us to freedom, and Jesus Christ can give us true peace in the midst of any crisis.  Author Jeff Schreve says, "A specific and compelling message can be found in each of your negative, painful emotions.  God Himself is trying to speak to you through those emotions--right now."   


Although this is not meant to be an all encompassing book regarding human emotions, it does name a few "biggies" with clarity and succinctness.  The author identifies and defines the emotion and its root causes. But its purpose is not to stop there. On the contrary, the reader is just on the cusp of finding out what God would have them do about these emotions. 


The author makes numerous Biblical references to illustrate his points. Often the Biblical characters' weaknesses and difficulties can be glossed over, but the author does a great job of vividly portraying real-life humans not that much different than ourselves. 


For the most part, I agreed with the authors diagnosis concerning emotions except with guilt. The author portrays the recognition of guilt as a conduit for repentance but the Bible clearly states that there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus as well as worldly sorrow leading to death. Only godly sorrow can produce repentance which leads to salvation. 


Besides the aforementioned exception, I agreed with the author's premise of identifying the root of our emotions in order to learn what God would have us do with them. There is valuable information within these pages that can be gleaned for anyone trying to find freedom from the slavery of living emotion led lives rather than Spirit-filled ones. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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