The Cry of the Soul: Now Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepset Questions about God
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The Cry of the Soul: Now Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepset Questions about God

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Beginning with the Psalms, Dr. Dan Allender and Dr. Tremper Longman III explore what Scripture says about emotions such as anger, jealousy, grief, and much more.In this groundbreaking work they reveal that often our attempts to control our emotions, far from an attempt to be Christlike, are really a form of rebellion against God or an attempt to flee from Him.This book wil...more
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Published March 15th 1999 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published November 30th 1993)
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Excellent read! This book was better than I anticipated. I was worried it might be sappy or overly sentimental, but it was a hard hitting book about emotional responses to difficult realities everyone faces or fears to face. It showed the sinful side of our emotional responses, but then also showed how the same emotional responses are given to us as image bearers of God and stripped of sin can be used for others' good, our good and God's glory. Beneficial for the under emotional, over emotional...more
Undoubtedly the best book on Christian living that I have read in the past year. This book doesn't celebrate emotions as such, but teaches (largely based on the Psalms) that negative emotions are a window into our hearts and what we really believe about God. Reading this has profoundly affected my thinking about relationships and my own heart, and I predict that the contents of the book are going to continue to influence me in a huge way the more I ponder them.
On the whole, I really liked this book and it's approach. It considers real emotions that we all feel from a christian, biblical perspective. It's approach is not to have us to try to deny or turn off some of these strong feelings (anger, fear, shame, despair), but to consider what those feelings also reveal about our relationship with God. I think the church often doesn't do a good job of encouraging christians to explore these feelings, what triggers them and what would help us grow closer to...more
Steve Lee Sr
Avoid the pain!

Anger, fear, jealousy, despair. These are bad emotions, right? These are emotions to be avoided at all costs, right?

I discovered a few years ago that I was a really angry person and that I hurt people when I was angry. Solution? Avoid anger no matter what.

Not so fast! Allender and Longman point out that emotions are God-given, a gift from our Creator. And while it is true that our emotions have been corrupted by our sinful nature, they actually have a divine purpose. Cutting ourse...more
Eric Lazarian
Excellent work, fabulous thesis, worth reading and applying.

From my review:

It is not where Allendar and Longman actually went with this work, but where they COULD have gone that kept me from recommending this work MORE highly. Allendar and Longman could have used this work (and maybe another edition will accomplish this???) to help the hundreds of thousands (upon millions...?) of Christians in the U.S. in churches where emotions are either held at bay and suppressed as evil or they ar...more
Brian Daniel
Even though I loved it, this book is a tough read. I had to put it down every 2-3 pages just to process what the authors were trying to communicate. If you can push your way through it it's totally worth it. The sub-title reveals the basic premise: how our emotions reveal our deepest questions about God. Chapters are laid about by emotional topics—specifically, unpacking the symptoms and explanations of a fallen state and redeemed state of human emotions. For instance, there is a selfish anger a...more
Anne Marie
This book is co-authored by Allender (a professor and counselor at Colorado Christian University) and Longman (a professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary). The two have successfully combined their areas of expertise to produce a book that is good for the layperson as well as the theologian. Using the Psalms as their guide to studying the emotions of anger, fear, envy, despair, contempt and shame, the authors lay out the thesis that “Exploring God's ways in light of the dark...more
Excellent book.
a couple fav quotes from the book: "God wants us to adore Him, dance with Him, eat, drink, and sing with Him in the experience of His awesome glorious love. The mystery of His desire is that an eternal, infinite, holy, and utterly self-fulfilling Being wants us--and He is willing to go to any lengths whatsoever to disrupt, arouse, and stop us from pursuing any other lover other than Himself."
"Taste hunger as the pang of anticipation that arouses the heart to savor the meal that aw...more
Jun 28, 2014 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
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My good friend Erin, a therapist, recommended this to me as we have very similar tastes in books. I had to put it down a lot because I'd read something really deep and have to think about it, and then I'd pick the book up again and slowly gain some momentum until the next truth bomb. Not even sure if I finished or not. It was warmly comforting and a balm to my soul as I read it, and I would re-read this or any other book by Dan Allender because of his warmth and love for God and people.
Best non-fiction book I read this year (2010). Using the Psalms, the authors give an excellent account of how our anger, fear, envy, shame, contempt, and despair can point us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and God. They show both sides of each emotion; for example ungodly anger & godly anger. Incredibly insightful, very good book for personal reflection. Loved the depth of it. Highly recommend this book.
May 17, 2011 Tyler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tyler by: Tim Courtois
Loved it. Allender does an excellent job showing how our emotions reflect our perceptions of God and who we think we are. The rest of the book is great too - a look at six emotions, comparing the negative (unrighteous) and positive versions of each :)
Jane boutwell
melodramatic title... but excellent book about God, and us. if you have think emotiions are stupid and not to be trusted, or if you think emotions rule your life... or anywhere in between then you should read this. my point is- everyone should read it!
You have to accept their assumptions they have about God.

I wrote and underlined a lot in the book. This is a good book were you can talk back with the authors.

The book is well written which made the book delightful.
Janet Wright
This book is challenging. I found the last four chapters especially though-provoking. The second author on this is Tremper Longman who is a Religious Studies professor at Westmont College.
The first few chapters were the strongest, in my opinion. Important teaching on what our emotions have to say about God and how God meets us even in the midst of raw emotions.
Excellent book about feeling the depth of our emotions, so that God can teach us more about Himself through them!!! One of my all-time favorites!
Charlotte D.
Loved this book. Totally opened my eyes about how I viewed my relationship with God. Helped me to learn how to be honest.
Vanessa Siemens
Still wrapping my mind around some of the thoughts but great thought-provoking book that turns you toward the heart of God
Kathy Horne
Provocative and biblical. Exploring emotions like anger, fear, contempt, open a door to the true nature of God.
I took less than a half page of notes which I will gladly share so you don't spend time reading this UNengaging book.
Anita Zinn

EXCELLENT! This book truly does bring out how our emotions reveal our deepest questions about God."

Traci Kohls
So thankful to dig deep into emotions by looking at them through the Psalms.
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Claire Smith
not yet read; waiting for me!
Sep 21, 2007 Nayer added it
incredibly nice........
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Dan B. Allender, Ph.D, is a fly fisherman who also serves as president and professor of counseling at Mars Hill Graduate School near Seattle, Washington. He is a therapist in private practice, and a frequent speaker and seminar leader. Dan received his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. He is the author of To Be Told:...more
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