The second chapter of David Powlison's latest book, Good and Angry, is titled "Do You Have a Serious Problem with Anger?" When I saw it in the table of contents, I was excited to read it and take a personality questionnaire or something of the like to find out if this is something I struggle with. Then I discovered that the entirety of chapter consists of one singular word:
We all have a problem with anger. Whether it's---to use Powlison's examples from real life---exchanging gunshots with your spouse in your home or intentionally ignoring a frantic person who is asking you for help, every single one of us struggles with anger and we might all have different kinds of blind spots. It was very humbling to see these. Nobody wants to admit that they have an anger problem, but after reading this I'm seeing that I really do and I always have.
The thing that surprised me most from this book, however, is that anger is not inherently bad. I knew this to some degree because I know that Jesus flipped the tables when the temple was being misused. I know that God has righteous wrath against evil. I knew that it's good that I'm angry about the slaughter of millions of unborn children each year. But I didn't even know what anger is, exactly, or in what ways it affects me, or in what ways I can channel it for good. Good and Angry answered more questions for me than I knew I even had.
This book is an incredible resource that was so instructive on each page. The reflection questions at the end are excellent for personal or group study. I have never read very much gospel-centered perspective on anger before so this was refreshing, humbling, and good. I'm grateful.
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My name is Hope.
I'm 25, married to a former skater dude, and raising four little people ages 1,3, and 5, and not-yet-born. I like lime green and Coke icees, and I wear my Crocs until they melt. (Florida problems.)
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