[Update: If you have been following my blog, you know that I have not been posting in my anger series for quite a while now. The links below are still relevant and still could be a starting point for any reader looking to work on their anger issues. I hope to finish this blogging series in the future but for now it has been put on hold. I will add to it when I can.]
You may already know that I have struggled with anger issues for most of my life. Anger tends to rule my life since I generally live at boiling point. It does not take much to set me off. Unfortunately, it took me 27 years to actually start to deal with it. Dealing with my anger has been a very slow journey–a 1 step forward 2 steps back sort of journey (and often it is more than just 2 steps back). In the past year and a half; I have received counseling, listened to sermons, facilitated a Bible study, read books, had discussions, etc. all in my attempt to conquer the anger in my life.
I think that the most effective thing that has helped me so far is accountability. When I am able to talk about what is going on in my life and hear wise counsel from people who care about me and love me (even when they know my faults); I am able to put things into perspective. I can’t count how many times I have logged on to facebook to e-mail a friend about the most recent anger explosion in my house and ask for prayer. Another thing that has been comforting in my journey is the realization that I am not the only one who struggles with anger. This is not an excuse for me to continue being angry; instead it breaks my heart and encourages me to share my experiences and what I have learned along the way. Lately, I have felt lead to do just that; which brings me to the purpose of this post:
I am going to start blogging about my struggles in this area and what I have learned in the process of dealing with the anger in my life. I will use books and sermons that talk about anger as tools for discussion. For me, this will be a way of journaling and also a way to stay accountable. I will list links to all blog posts in my Anger Series on this page.
I pray that this will be an encouragement to those who also struggle with anger. Along the way, I would love to hear your thoughts and stories if you have ever dealt with this issue in your life! Please feel free to comment on my posts and/or e-mail me at:
She’s Gonna Blow–by: Julie Ann Barnhill
This author has a funny way of presenting the honest truth of angry moms. She tells personal stories and experiences while also conveying her message of how to deal with anger.
Chapter 1: How Did I Get Here? (Posted: July 27, 2010)
Chapter 2: Volcano 101 (Posted: July 29, 2010)
Chapter 3: Warning Signs (Posted: August 8, 2010)
Chapter 4: Underground Issues-Part 2 (Posted: January 21, 2011)
Sermons–by: Dr. S. M. Davis
Dr. Davis is a dynamic preacher who clearly presents God’s Word in a way that is easy to understand. I have learned a lot from them and highly encourage you to listen to and/or watch Dr. Davis’ sermons if you ever get the chance.
Anger Series 1: Anger The Destroyer (Posted: July 28, 2010)
Anger Series 2: Freedom From The Spirit Of Anger-Part 1 (Posted: July 31, 2010)
Anger Series 2: Freedom From The Spirit Of Anger-Part 2 (Posted August 1, 2010)
A Woman’s Answer To Anger–by: Annie Chapman
The author shares personal stories and incorporates scripture throughout her message of how to let go of anger.
Chapter 1: Starting Down The Road From Rage (Posted: July 30, 2010)
Posts that are not part of a book or sermon series but still deal with the issue of anger.
Family Tree (Posted: October 17, 2010)
Open Letter To My Friend (Posted: March 2, 2015)
Several of the books I will be using have study guide questions to go along with them. In order to prevent infringing on copyrights; I will not be typing out the actual questions but I will incorporate my answers to most of the questions as I summarize the chapters in my posts. Any of my posts that use references for discussion purposes will have links to those reverences in case you are interested in purchasing them.