Good & Angry Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  September 12, 2016
Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness Book Cover Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness
David Powlison
New Growth Press
September 12, 2016

Something that matters to you just isn’t right. First you see the problem, then you feel it. It starts with a rush of adrenaline and often a rush of words, but it ends with an overwhelming sense of irritation that impacts how we talk to those we live and work with, complaining, and maybe even a settled bitterness to a person or a group of person. We know anger affects us negatively, but we don’t know any other way to respond when life goes wrong.

Good and Angry, a groundbreaking new book from David Powlison, contends that anger is more than a problem to solve. Anger is our complex human response to things we perceive as wrong in a complex world, thus we must learn how to fruitfully and honestly deal with it. Powlison undertakes an in-depth exploration of the roots of anger, moral judgment, and righteous response by looking in a surprising place: God’s own anger.

Powlison reminds us that God gets angry too. He sees things in this world that aren’t right and he wants justice too. But God’s anger doesn’t devolve into manipulation or trying to control others to get his own way. Instead his anger is good and redemptive. It causes him to step into our world to make wrongs right, sending his own Son to die so that we can be reconciled. He is both our model for change and our power to change.

Good and Angry sets readers on a path toward a faithful and fruitful expression of anger, in which we return good for evil and redeem wrongs. Powlison offers practical help for people who struggle with irritation, complaining, or bitterness and gives guidance for how to respond constructively when life goes wrong. You, your family, and your friends will all be glad that you read this book.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison (New Growth Press, 2016).

“Anger is a tricky thing. One wrong move and we can explode and lash out at others in a way that will damage relationships and accomplish nothing positive. I submit we all have a lot of work to do when it comes to the issue of redeeming anger. Good & Angry by Dr. Powlison was a godsend of a book for me. I fully plan on re-reading and re-reading this book for years to come as I work in my life through the help of the Holy Spirit to be angry and not sin.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Wow! That’s my initial reaction on reading this powerful book!… I would highly recommend this book, even if you don’t think that you struggle with anger. We are all affected by anger in various ways and this book is a great read to tackle the problem of sin.”
Reviewer: Debi Martin
Rating: 5 Stars

Good & Angry is a must read for anyone with breath, for none of us is immune to the many forms anger takes. It is an invaluable toolbox that is sure to invoke change, even where it seemed none was needed.”
Reviewer: Becky Miller
Rating: 5 Stars

“…reading this book helped me to understand God’s nature a little better, and that’s worth a deep reading and pondering for me.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’d recommend this book to every Christian, but especially those in positions of leadership.”
Reviewer: Debbie White
Rating: 5 Stars

“The Bible looms large in Powlison’s book as he finds helpful biblical insights about anger and how to deal with it.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

Good and Angry is a terrific book that is forged in the fire and bathed in the Word of God. The gospel runs throughout, urging the followers of Christ to follow his example and treasure him above all things. My prayer is that Powlison’s work will be a blessing to many; that the promises and purposes of God would be clearly revealed and that his people would be served well as a result of this excellent work.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“Whether you’re struggling with real anger, irritation or bitterness; you’ll find positive help and guidance. This book is filled with scripture reference and is biblically sound.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

“The title is very readable, flows smoothly from topic to topic, and offers good insights on dealing appropriately with anger without denying the reality that we can struggle with anger. Will be a good reference on this topic.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“With a fully orbed biblical understanding, Powlison gives us a fresh book on anger.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 5 Stars

Good & Angry is a book that would be good for everyone who struggles with anger or who counsels anyone who is struggling with anger. This is also a wonderful book for parents with children who are struggling with anger. I can see Good & Angry being used as a workbook for small groups or with older children in the home. No matter how it’s used, Good & Angry is a book that will help you to better understand the many nuances of this complex human capacity.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 4 Stars

“I absolutely love books that manage to be theologically rich and warmly practical at the same time. Good and Angry is one of those books. Not only that, but it deals with an important topic that affects us all. It’s a book that I’ll be referencing and giving to others for years to come.”
Reviewer: Darryl Dash
Rating: 5 Stars

“Any pastor would be foolish to not avail themselves of this useful resource on an issue that involves them and everyone they know, because as Powlison demonstrates we all have an anger problem.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

Good & Angry would be a helpful addition to our counseling shelves in the understanding of anger. It would be a profitable suggestion for couples to read during premarital counseling…”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book will help you sort out anger in your own heart, or the lack of anger, so that you can live with peace, and when the time comes, get really good and angry, for the glory of God.”
Reviewer: Doug Newell
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you want to learn how you can be both Good And Angry at the same time – just as Jesus was able to do – then I recommend this book to you!”
Reviewer: Ramona Vincent
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book’s value in terms of theological and practical application cannot be overstated. This is not a book left to only crisis counseling appointments or long-lasting feuds. This book has much to say about the man who cuts us off on the highway, the way we punish ourselves, and our bad attitude with God sometimes. Its focus is narrow, but the depth and breadth of the book is significant. I have already benefitted greatly from the wisdom of Good & Angry and hope to continue to refer to it to learn more about the redemption of my anger.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is to help you find a good way to deal with the anger and turn it into something useful and constructive. That is always a good thing. You may even find reasons you never knew that existed behind your anger and learn the hows and whys to them. You then can make the according adjustments to your life.”
Reviewer: Via Bella
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book, believing it will be most helpful to anyone struggling with the issue of anger in their lives.”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is an incredible resource that was so instructive on each page. The reflection questions at the end are excellent for personal or group study. I have never read very much gospel-centered perspective on anger before so this was refreshing, humbling, and good. I’m grateful.”
Reviewer: Hope Henchey
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you apply the contents to your life it will benefit you and everyone around you. Your relationship with God will be greatly improved by repenting of sin and seeking to love and be angry in the ways that reflect our conformity to Christ. Also, if you want to better love your spouse, children, Church family, and friends by killing the anger that seeks to devour them, this book will lead you to the Scriptures and the God who is able to make us truly holy. If these are your aims, Good and Angry will be a great resource for your journey of repentance.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would highly recommend this book for personal benefit to help others deal with this emotion that so easily becomes a master that takes us away from God’s design. I know it was helpful for me.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 5 Stars

“Since we all get angry and know people who get angry, it would benefit us all to get this book.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found the book to be very helpful, and both practical and interactive, with several examples or case studies to illustrate the points he makes.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 5 Stars

Good and Angry is book about your anger. It will open your eyes to identifying your anger problem. It will call you to confession and change. I plan on re-reading through this book in the future with an accountability partner.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“We can only make a difference in our own part of the world by facing our own sins and finding redemption through the truth of God’s word. In Good and Angry, Dr. Powlison holds out that hope for finally finding peace regarding sinful anger, the hope we have in Christ to make a difference both in our own lives and the lives of those around us.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is not one to just be read and placed back on the bookshelf. David Powlison has written an excellent book of application for those who are serious about changing the way they deal with anger.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Everyone needs to learn the best way to deal with anger. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“Read it like a journal and it will give you great solace, inspiration and help.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

“…this book gets 5 out of 5 stars for being so balanced, Biblical, and not trying my patience by being slow to get to content. (Trying my patience…impatience….anger…get it? *silly joke* But seriously, each chapter is packed full of content.)”
Reviewer: Michelle Newman
Rating: 5 Stars

“It isn’t just for those that think they have anger issues, it is for everyone in everyday situations. I was very impressed at the easy reading and the content of the book.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating: 5 Stars

“While Good and Angry does not offer tips such as counting to ten or punching a pillow, the book is filled with practical tips that will challenge your assumptions and take you the Word of God to see God’s intent and design. This book was convicting on a deep level, but left me encouraged and inspired to rethink how I approach this entire subject. I cannot recommend this book enough.”
Reviewer: Kevin Thompson
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall this was an excellent, helpful, deeply insightful, penetrating, biblically faithful approach to a problem that has affected us humans ubiquitously, pervasively throughout our history. Excellent and outstanding – 4.9 stars. Well worth your investment of time, thought, money, reflection, and sanctifying change.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“Powlison mentions it took years to write this book, and I believe it. It is a manual of thought and work to bring the reader to a natural state of good anger. This is not an easy discipline, but a worthwhile one.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“Wow! That is about the only word I can come up with for this book. I mean WOW!!”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“…especially useful for pastors, counsellors, mentors, leaders, father, mothers and friends to read this book, so that you can find the help you need both for your own anger problems and to help those around you.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“Other than scripture, I cannot think of a better resource to address anger and overcome it with the hope of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciated that Good & Angry was not another psychological treatise on “how to control ourselves” better, but a biblical and redeeming response to a natural emotion. You will be blessed by your time spent reading Good & Angry. The book would be a great resource for discipleship meetings or small group studies.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Mcllwain
Rating: 5 Stars

“Can you be both good and angry? This is the question this book does a good job in answering… Overall a very practical and useful book.”
Reviewer: Tom Meiers
Rating: 5 Stars

“There are many helpful examples in the book, and it is quite an easy to read–but convicting–book… I will likely be re-reading this book in the future–there is that much to take in and to apply at various times in life.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book to everyone. I wish I had been exposed to this kind of teaching as a younger man. It would have saved me much trouble and heartache. My children will be reading this and I will recommend it to anyone who will listen.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

Good and Angry is a book that, with God’s blessing and disciplined reflection, can offer a gospel centered path to transformation. Dealing wither anger effectively requires heart change that only God in Christ can provide you. Serious reflection on this material will lead you to look closely at your heart and seek the balm of the gospel for your sin, your guilt and your wounds. It may save you, your family and your church much heartache and pain. It is worth the investment. ”
Reviewer: James Harvey
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will on a very short list of books that I will recommend for those struggling with this difficult topic. I hope you will get a copy for yourself or a friend or loved one who struggles with anger.”
Reviewer: Israel Wayne
Rating: 4 Stars

“…you will learn a lot about yourself in reading this book. I definitely recommend it.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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One response to Good & Angry Blog Tour

  1. I’m sorry for my late review! I posted it on my blog in time, but forgot to link it to here!