Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones

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This book is an absolute treasure, thoroughly biblical, extremely practical and well-written. Jones tackles a problem (sin) with which every believer must deal and, rather than offer some psychological mumble-jumble, takes the reader directly to the Word of God. The issue of anger is framed and handled as the Holy Spirit intended. As a result, the reader is given biblical instruction and hope.

Uprooting Anger would be helpful for any individual struggling with anger (and who does not at times?). It is also highly valuable for use in counseling and as a Bible study. I intend to make use of this volume in all three ways.

I would offer two caveats of a minor nature. First, used as a counseling tool it would take some guidance by the counselor. Just handing most Christians this book might result in overload. Breaking it down into bite-sized portions will be needed in most cases. Secondly, I would have appreciated a little more insight into dealing with instances in which a person has harmed others unintentionally. For example, an accident in which an individual’s negligence took the life of a small child. Jones addresses this to an extent in Chapter 8, “Anger Against Yourself,” but I could have used more.

This is a book that will be used in my life and ministry for years to come. “Appendix A,” which offers a number of worksheet assignments, will become a regular staple in my counseling on anger.

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