How to Be Angry for the Glory of God

Renee Jarrett and Renee Hoskins | October 21, 2016

David Powlison’s latest book, Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness, isn’t a comfortable read. It takes a magnifying glass to the heart. We get anger wrong, both the sinful and righteous kind.

Powlison—director of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF)—walks us through the experience of anger, how to change, and how to tackle the hardest cases. From apathy to road rage, he shows why the presence of sinful anger and absence of righteous anger lead to the need to define anger. 

If you struggle with anger, I’m sure moving from angry to gentle sounds great. I’m sure it also sounds unobtainable. But with truth and grace, Powlison helpfully charts a course for change.

Good and Angry examines the many facets of anger from a biblical perspective to reveal where our responsibilities as Christians come into play. There’s nothing passive about anger. Have you acted out in sinful anger? Repentance is your first line of action. Have you witnessed a tragic display of hate and abuse? Love would have you extend a merciful hand and intercede, potentially in the form of constructive conflict. The point Powlison drives home is one every Christian needs to ponder: Where is our heart when we’re angry? Typically it’s in…

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