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

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An excerpt from the foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada: "With the book you are holding, you have stumbled upon the best of guides. I should know. I first read The Cry of the Soul decades ago when I was still sorting through a lot of hurt and frustration connected with my quadriplegia (yes, I read it on that music stand holding a mouth stick). The Cry of the Soul showed me wha ...more
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Published December 2nd 2015 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published November 30th 1993)
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Steve Lee Sr
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Leandro Guimarães
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will need to read this again, on paper. I read an electronic edition that wasn’t perfect, and while perfectly intelligible it did add some difficulty and distraction to an already challenging text.

At times I wished the authors could be clearer, but never that they could be deeper — this text indeed goes to the depths of our anguishes as revealed both in the Psalms and in current human experience.
Catherine Blass
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"The Psalter invites us to feel emotion without immediate resolution. It not only permits dark emotions; it demands that we be overwhelmed by what we cannot control or change. Oddly, it is in our helplessness to change what unnerves us, in our cry of desperation, that we hear the song of eternity coursing through us even when we are dead to hope.

"Listen: it grows. The music comes when it is least expected, least deserved, least understood. It is the faint sound that allures us to continue on the
Sarah Street
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An intense and thoughtful look into the dark emotions that reveal the true direction of our hearts, examined with a perfect marriage of the fields of clinical psychology & theology. Anger, fear, jealousy, despair, contempt, and shame--six emotions that, through this book, we are asked to view openly and honestly in order to usher our souls into reality, to find out who we really are. A soul-crushing read in all the right ways.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
pg 127 No one on the face of the earth is called to enter the soul of my wife as I am. No one is privileged to be a companion who knows, shares, and delights in the deepest parts of her soul as I do. And if I fail, then no other can succor the would in comparison to my repentance.
This is not to imply that others, both male and female, are not to play a rich role in nurturing and enjoying my spouse. Frankly, to the degree that I love her well, she will be free to enter into various relationship
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As part of a class I'm taking on Human Personality, I had to read a Christian counseling book. I, somewhat randomly, chose this one and I'm so glad I did. The book is rich with scripture and theology. Using scripture, the authors show how our emotions were created by God, are a reflection of his image in us, and ultimately teach us about his character. They walk through both wrong and right versions of anger, fear, jealousy, desire, despair, contempt, and shame. They show how emotions are never ...more
Jason Kanz
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Talk of emotion often makes Christians squirm. We may give a nod to emotions, primarily to acknowledge our need to keep them under control. Whether stated or not, too many Christians operate from the assumption that a godly person is one who suppresses negative emotions. Positive emotions are accepted, but only if they are not too extreme. In other words, for many, the Christian is to be a thinker, not a feeler. But the Bible is a book filled with emotion.

In their excellent book The Cry of the
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
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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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“Ignoring our emotions is turning our back on reality; listening to our emotions ushers us into reality. And reality is where we meet God.” 0 likes
“When pain lumbers through the front door, squats down in the middle of your life, and makes itself at home day after day, year after year, it can make you choke. It can make you angry at God.” 0 likes
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