The purpose of this book, overall, is to pinpoint and examine the purpose and origin of anger. It is with this in mind that a person will then be able to control their anger.
Anger is defined as “a strong passion or emotion of displeasure, and usually antagonism, excited by a sense of injury of insult”. This illustrates that anger is a response, fed by feelings of disappointment, hurt, rejection, and embarrassment. It is a response that causes us irritation, frustration, pain, and other displeasure.
One common mistake that people make is trying not to be angry at all. We bottle it up, which just causes explosions later. However, Chapman emphasizes that anger comes from the very nature God, as God experiences anger 375 times in the Old Testament alone. Anger comes from our concern for justice and rightness.
Chapman uses examples from his own experiences and from what he has witnessed as a counselor. The main outcome of this book is for the reader to learn how to make anger productive, and the biggest thing, how to keep from sinning when we are angry. Anger itself is NOT sin.
What I didn’t like about this book is super dry and expository. A lot of the dialogue was unnecessary and just was annoying rather than adding to the stories he was telling.
I gave this book 3.5/5 stars. I would recommend this book for someone who is struggling with anger, particularly within a marriage.
*I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write an honest review.