Why Did God Give Us Emotions? stresses the importance of recognizing how the individual aspects of emotions—subjective, physical, mental, and spiritual— interconnect and how each must be address if true healing is to take place. “From the very start I’ve had two goals: I wanted to look at what science has learned about emotions from a biblical perspective, and I wanted to do it in a way that would strengthen the reader’s walk with God,”
Some of the topics covered include:
- Are some emotions “good” and others “bad”?
- The role of medications in treating emotional problems
- How our core beliefs affect our interpretation of events
- How emotions are the true window into our souls
- How to stop hiding from “taboo” emotions
- What keeps us from hearing God
- The role emotions play in becoming the person God wants us to become
Simple, straightforward language and use of real life examples makes the chapters easy to understand and a set of recommended activities helps readers apply the ideas to their lives. A section of discussion questions that can be used for small group study is also included. Pastors, counselors, those struggling with emotional issues, as well as the general reader will all gain a better understand of emotions along with skills for managing their emotions more effectively.
What people are saying about Why Did God Give Us Emotions:
This is a book that could change your life. If you are struggling with issues that keep you chained to your past or insecurities and you want those chains gone get a copy of this one. Lightweight in size, less than 200 pages pre-appendix, and heavy in healing information and common-sense help, this book gives helpful self-guided exercises and wise counsel. I have not read anything more to the point and clear regarding freedom from the crud that keeps us stuck. Though Peurifoy holds a masters in counseling and has studied theology his writing doesn’t feel textbook. Carefully and simply he explains the parts and pieces of our emotions and he helps the reader who wants to be helped wade through the lies and/or misinformation about those emotions. I recommend this one. Don’t put it on a shelf or buy it for someone else who needs fixing. If it’s not about you and what you need to do to become a whole person, then don’t waste the shelf-space. One note…faith and specifically faith in Christ is an important aspect to his teaching. I don’t know that his suggestions will work without willingness to explore Jesus. Kelly Klepfer Lunch.com
Why Did God Give Us Emotions? is most definitely not an overnight read, but rather a spiritual workbook that requires effort and insight – after all, you can’t expect an epiphany in the form of instant gratification, can you? The most outstanding characteristic of this book is its clarity. The author, Reneau Puerifoy, uses an allegory of how six blind men “see” an elephant as being a completely different object, depending on which part of its body they each feel: a leg; its tail; its trunk; its ear; its side; and a tusk. From what they feel, they, in turn, perceive the elephant as a pillar; a rope; the thick branch of a tree; a big fan; a huge wall; and a spear. In short. They all get it wrong. So, too, are we likely not to be able to understand ourselves and our own emotions if we focus on only one aspect of our being. Peurifoy considers our subjective, physical, mental and spiritual emotions, in terms of how they relate to our entire being, as well as how they relate to one another. A thoroughly God-centered work, this guide to emotional well-being guides you step-by-step through the healing process. And this is where your work comes in. Rejecting the role of the reader as passive bystander, Reneau asks of us that we unpack our emotions as we go, in the form of a journal. By doing so, he helps us to relate his sound advice, gleaned from many years as a practicing Christian marriage and family therapist specializing in anxiety disorders, to how we perceive the world (and, oh boy, can we sometimes see it in strange ways – see the analogy above!). He also provides suggestions on how to find a good church, how to develop a regular prayer life, and how to seek help when you really need it. For all the chapters, Peurifoy also gives several small group discussion questions, so that you can transform your personal encounter with his text into a small group therapeutic setting. Packed with biblical references and checklists, Why Did God Give Us Emotions? stimulates us to grow, not only inwardly, but also in the relationships that we have with others around us. If you feel emotionally troubled and would love to undergo a spiritual facelift, why not buy a copy of Why Did God Give Us Emotions? It’s the equivalent of hours of therapy (and who among us can afford to pay for other forms of face-to-face counseling these days?). Lois Henderson Bookpleasures.com
I felt this was an exceptional book for any Christian to read with the mission of understanding the many whys of our emotions. Each chapter has applications/activities that the reader can work through. The book would be excellent for individual use or group study. At the back of the book are suggestions for finding a church, developing a prayer life, and for further counseling. Small group discussion is provided in the back of the book as well. Some of the topics in this book are: the physical side of emotions, core beliefs, and emotions that are taboo. The book is not lengthy, it is not a textbook style book, it is easy for any lay person to read and understand. One of my favorite passages that struck a chord with me was, “many of our emotional responses and behaviors are simply ingrained habits.” Darn those bad habits that creep up! Another favorite part was “become comfortable with not knowing.” A Scripture that he used was from 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight.” In chapter 12 he gave a great list for 6 steps for managing emotions effectively. Question 1 is What am I feeling? I have written these 6 questions on an index card for quick reference. I did not feel like this book was top heavy on secular psychology, but was more in line with Biblical counseling. Other books by Reneau Peurifoy are: “Anger, Taming The Beast,” “Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic,” “Overcoming Anxiety” Blissful Reading! Annette Hart Kristynik A Well Watered Garden
In reading through Why Did God Give Us Emotions? A biblical perspective on what science has discovered about emotions” I have found it to be a much deeper book that originally expected. Author Reneau Peurifoy gives a complete overview of the different aspects of emotions – physical, spiritual, etc – while also putting them in the context of Christian beliefs (or misconceptions). It is this combination that makes this book stand out from the rest. There are many resources that deal with happiness or anxiety or small slices of the emotional spectrum but few of them are written to address such a complete and balanced view of the role God gave emotions to play in our lives, and do so with a balance of medical knowledge and Biblical insight. Peurifoy also provides some good cautions about relying too much on emotions while giving some very practical exercises and examples of where our emotions can be trusted and where they can become a false guide. I would not say this book is light reading, if you plan to use it the way Peurifoy intends it with a journal and exercises to put each chapter into a working and potentially life-balancing practice. But as someone that has struggled with an anxiety disorder in the past, I can only say I wish I’d found this book years ago. Highly recommend. Val Coulman Faith . . . by Val
Reneau Peurifoy has done it again. Another insightful book on the human dilemma, done in his usual artful, instructive, and clear manner… Reneau is a gifted communicator, and helps make the seemingly complicated issues understandable to his readers. Why did God Give Us Emotions? is a strong tool in helping us mere mortals understand how to integrate a knowledge of God into our emotions. The reading of this book will reap rich benefits. Rev. N. Rhodes Pringle, Senior Pastor Antelope Road Christian Fellowship, Citrus Heights, CA
Finally! A Christian book that discusses, explores, and deals with emotions, such as depression, anxiety, and anger in a Biblical, scientific, and therapeutic way… I believe this book will show you how you can control and use your emotions in a way that glorifies God. Tony Donato, MS, MFT, LPC
Unlike other books which offer very little practical advice, this book is full of wisdom and insight the reader can immediately apply. I am certain many will find freedom within its pages. From beginning to end, it calls readers to contemplate God’s part in their emotions. I personally can’t wait to recommend this book to clients. I think it will make a wonderful complement to their therapeutic process. Krysta Dancy MA, MFTI
Your book undertakes a comprehensive and practical treatment of the subject that does not stoop to self-help trendiness and nostrums but instead takes a high road. You offer insights both from medicine and psychology as well as from scriptural study. Anyone who is looking for a broad and well-founded understanding of emotions and how to deal with them will find what they are looking for in your book. Paul Hawley Editorial Consultant
A wonderful book that everyone should read! …As a Christian, registered nurse I realize how difficult it can be to understand our emotions at times. Why Did God Give Us Emotions? helped me to look more deeply into myself for clarification of some of my emotions. After reading this book I am able to better understand patients and their emotions during their time of stress in the hospital. Barbara P. RN
Mr. Peurifoy has an astounding ability to get right to the heart of any matter, and his insights are profound. My husband and I have both read his books, did the recommended activities at the end of the chapters, and found our lives transformed. His latest book is a revelation, shining a light on the darkest corners of our emotions, and guiding us to a closer relationship with God. Rachael D.
The clarity of Mr. Peurifoy’s writing challenged me to grow in areas that I did not even realize were there! I so much enjoyed this book that I will continue to reread it. Jacquelyn N.
“I found this book to be relevant and insightful. The information and exercises have been very helpful in finding new understanding in why I feel the emotions I feel, and in being able to process these emotions in a manner that is healthier and more constructive than before.” Annette S.
Reneau Peurifoy has a special gift for explaining emotions and clarifying why we have them. This book in destined to become a great support to many people who have questions regarding their God-given emotions. Warren P.