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Why did God make us this way? How are we supposed to manage this wonderful and mystifying gift we call emotions? In his new book "Why Did God Give Us Emotions?", author Reneau Peurifoy...
Why did God make us this way? How are we supposed to manage this wonderful and mystifying gift we call emotions? In his new book "Why Did God Give Us Emotions?", author Reneau Peurifoy takes a detailed look at the many sources of our emotional responses and the role emotions play in our thoughts, actions, relationships with others and relationship with God. Peurifoy holds a Master's in counseling and attended Fuller Theological Seminary. "Why Did God Give Us Emotions?" is a book twenty years in the making, based on Peurifoy's focused study, counseling experiences and growing maturity in the faith.
"From the very start I've had two goals: I wanted to look at what science has learned about emotions from a biblical perspective and I wanted to do it in a way that would strengthen the reader's walk with God," Peurifoy states. "Over the last two decades I've seen the strengths of science and psychology in helping people and making our lives more comfortable. I've also become acutely aware of the inability of science and psychology to address the true source of human misery: sin and our separation from God. I believe that God has helped me write a book that will be useful to many."
Peurifoy stresses the importance of recognizing how the individual aspects of emotions interconnect. He focuses on four main aspects of emotions: their subjective nature, their physical side, their mental side and their spiritual side. He then shows how each of these aspects must be addressed if true healing of emotional issues is to take place.
"Why Did God Give Us Emotions?" addresses topics like:
• Are some emotions "good" and others "bad"?
• The role of medications in treating emotional problems
• How our core beliefs affect our interpretation of events
• How emotions are the true window into our souls
• How to stop hiding from "taboo" emotions
• What keeps us from hearing God
• The role emotions play in becoming the person God wants us to become
There is certainly no shortage of counseling and self-help books lining the shelves of Christian bookstores today. "Why Did God Give Us Emotions?" is destined to distinguish itself from the rest. With simple, straightforward verbiage (no pop psychology terms here), practical steps to follow and twenty years of wisdom and insight, Peurifoy's book is essential reading for pastors, counselors and those struggling with emotional issues as well as for the general reader who wants to understand this wonderful, yet often mysterious gift and gain skills for managing emotions more effectively. Also included is a section of discussion questions, making "Why Did God Give Us Emotions?" an ideal vehicle for small group study.
Chapter 1 The Mystery of Emotions 1
The Elephant Nature of Emotions 2
Are Some Emotions Good and Others Bad? 4
Don't Just Read, Experience 5
Recommended Activities 7
Chapter 2 The Subjective Side of Emotions 9
Your Inner and Outer Worlds 10
Emotions and Motivation 11
Emotions, Experience, and Understanding 12
Recommended Activities 16
Chapter 3 The Physical Side of Emotions 21
The Brain as a Symphony of Activity 22
The Emotional Part of the Brain 25
The Fight or Flight Response 27
Emotions and Communication 30
The Role of Medications with Emotional Problems 31
Recommended Activities 32
Appendix l Suggestions on How to Find a Good Church 191
Appendix 2 Suggestions on How to Develop a Regular Prayer Life 197
Appendix 3 Suggestions for Seeking Help 201
Small Group Discussion Questions 207
Additional Books Reneau Peurifoy 227
Posted September 8, 2012
I feel that with Reneau Peurifoy accomplished his two goals in a very concise, yet easy-to-read method for individuals to comprehend. He has many subtitles to each of his chapters that capture the nature of each of his subjects. He doesn't leave us with a `knowledge-only" book. He has recommended activities after each chapter that help you apply his principles while looking into your own emotional being, past and present, as well as God's perspective.
His book also contains "discussion questions for small group study, provided along with guidelines for managing emotions more effectively so they glorify God, rather than bring Him disgrace."
I definitely recommend this book as a good resource for anyone suffering from emotional issues, big or small. I am specifically excited that Peurifoy's book is from a Godly perspective.
Posted December 26, 2010
Why Did God Give Us Emotions? is most definitely not an overnight read, but rather a spiritual workbook that requires effort and insight - after all, you can't expect an epiphany in the form of instant gratification, can you?
The most outstanding characteristic of this book is its clarity. The author, Reneau Puerifoy, uses an allegory of how six blind men "see" an elephant as being a completely different object, depending on which part of its body they each feel: a leg; its tail; its trunk; its ear; its side; and a tusk. From what they feel, they, in turn, perceive the elephant as a pillar; a rope; the thick branch of a tree; a big fan; a huge wall; and a spear. In short. They all get it wrong.
So, too, are we likely not to be able to understand ourselves and our own emotions if we focus on only one aspect of our being. Peurifoy considers our subjective, physical, mental and spiritual emotions, in terms of how they relate to our entire being, as well as how they relate to one another. A thoroughly God-centered work, this guide to emotional well-being guides you step-by-step through the healing process. And this is where your work comes in. Rejecting the role of the reader as passive bystander, Reneau asks of us that we unpack our emotions as we go, in the form of a journal. By doing so, he helps us to relate his sound advice, gleaned from many years as a practicing Christian marriage and family therapist specializing in anxiety disorders, to how we perceive the world (and, oh boy, can we sometimes see it in strange ways - see the analogy above!). He also provides suggestions on how to find a good church, how to develop a regular prayer life, and how to seek help when you really need it. For all the chapters, Peurifoy also gives several small group discussion questions, so that you can transform your personal encounter with his text into a small group therapeutic setting.
Packed with biblical references and checklists, Why Did God Give Us Emotions? stimulates us to grow, not only inwardly, but also in the relationships that we have with others around us. If you feel emotionally troubled and would love to undergo a spiritual facelift, why not buy a copy of Why Did God Give Us Emotions? It's the equivalent of hours of therapy (and who among us can afford to pay for other forms of face-to-face counseling these days?).