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There are eight basic human emotions that all people experience--hurt, guilt/shame, anger, anxiety, sorrow, fear, happiness, and love. We might believe we make sense of our lives by thinking through our experiences, but neuroscience shows that the part of our brains that processes emotions is many times faster than the part where logic and reason hold sway. It's the way God created us, but if we do not develop wisdom for handling our feelings, we may find that our emotions continue to get the best of us.
Thankfully, the Bible is full of guidance about our emotions. With keen insight into human psychology and a gift for drawing wisdom for life from Scripture, Dr. Mark Baker shows readers how they can find comfort and promote emotional health in their lives. Anyone experiencing distress in their relationships or struggling with overwhelming emotions or even traumatic events will find clear biblical help and healing, leading them to a happier, more fulfilled life.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
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I selected to read "Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You" by Dr. Mark W. Baker on a whim, because I’ve been studying up on the emotional life lately and Baker has strong credentials for speaking into this area of research. I was pleasantly surprised with the simple insights that Baker brings to communicate aspects of emotional health in ways that make sense. This book is written like a collection of blog posts, including 91 brief essays (each about 4-5 pages on average) which explore various aspects of the 8 primary emotions in focus. These eight essential sections focus on 1) Hurt and Suffering, 2) Guilt and Shame, 3) Anger, 4) Anxiety, 5) Sorrow, 6) Fear, 7) Happiness, and 8) Love. In each essay, Baker introduces a principle (i.e. that anger is a part of grief) and then illustrates how that principle may play out in real life by telling a story of one of his clients. This method proves helpful for understanding the practical implications of how emotions affect actual lives in distinct contexts. Overall, I recommend "Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life" for two contexts. First, as a leader, this is a nice resource to have on my shelf as a reference material when I’m discipling or training people who are first venturing into the realm of emotional intelligence. Second, this book could function as a good devotional for someone who would like a small reading each day. Over the course of three months, it would provide much food for thought. My biggest criticism of this book is its title: I think it markets the book poorly. This is not just a self-help book that offers a quick fix for how to become happy. Exploring the emotional life is a lot of hard work. Dr. Mark Baker is also a credible psychotherapist–not a prosperity preacher/self-help guru type. If the expectation of a reader is to find an easy road to happiness, they will most likely be very disappointed. Rather, readers can expect a simple primer on some of the many nuances of emotion, which should be read alongside other books and explored in community. It’s probably most helpful when used as extra resource material to accompany counseling. With the right expectations, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. It well accomplishes its aim. * A special thank you to the Revell publishing company for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is written by Mark W. Baker, PhD. The book is broken up into eight sections that deal with the key emotions we all have. Each of these sections is broken up into several small, easy to read chapters. Each of the chapters starts with a Bible verse and then the author uses his personal experiences or clients stories to bring across what he is trying to teach the reader. In these chapters the author shows the reader how to deal with these emotions to be able to heal from emotional pain. The author uses his counseling experiences to help the reader to understand and learn how to deal with emotions. This book is well written and gives a lot of very valuable information, but I personally feel it is not written as a self help book. I feel that this is more a resource for professionals who deal with helping those struggling with problems. The author explains emotions differently that I typically would think. Some examples would be: anger is energy to solve a problem and grief is a way you make room in your heart for future love. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.
Mark W. Baker, PhD has done the seemingly impossible with Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You. He took what can be a complicated and dry topic and explained it in clear, easy to understand language for everyone. When the book first arrived in the mail I cringed at its thickness...nearly 400 pages...and nearly groaned out loud at the thought of slogging through a bunch of psychological mumbo jumbo written in terms best understood by others in the same profession. To my surprise, the chapters average only 3-4 pages in length so there's no room for droning on and on and Dr. Baker made it interesting. Each chapter contains an example case to illustrate his point and show that in all these areas, change and improvement is possible. Another thing that sets this book apart from others is that Dr. Baker is also a theologian and he takes each psychological principle he shares and finds what the Bible has to say about it. That is really something different from a professional in the field. I loved how clearly each emotion and the components that make it up were explained and how there were so many examples. I gained a lot of insight, not only into the behaviors of those around me, but also into the workings of my own emotions and how they influence me. That produced a much greater understanding and compassion in my thinking. There were many "a-ha" moments. The one thing I would like to see, maybe in another book, is for Dr. Baker to give the reader some tools to work with. In this book he clearly spells out what the problem is and says it must be changed or stopped for things to be different, but he doesn't give the reader any tools to help them switch gears in their thinking. It's easy to say, "stop worrying" or "let go of anger" but much harder to put it into practice. A few tips on how exactly to do those things would be a welcome addition. On the whole, this was a very good book and an easy, interesting read. I'd recommend it for anyone who may struggle with or have someone in their life who is feeling hurt, guilt, shame, anger, anxiety, sorrow, or fear to pick up the book as a starting place. At the very least you will see you are not alone in the things you are feeling and the ways that you react to those feelings.