Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Only Journal I Read All the Way Through Every Time

The Journal of Biblical Counseling edited by a very wise man, Dr. David Powlison.

The current issue came in the mail yesterday, and I'm devouring it already. It's all about anger: yours, mine, and ours.

In the first article, Dr. P boils anger down to this: "I'm against that." What a remarkable definition--remarkable for its insight, brevity, and clarity.

As in everything, some articles are worth more than others, but it is a generally excellent resource each and every time.

This issue ends with a book review of my friend Robert D. Jones' book Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem. I've written a review of that book myself, slated for the Spring 2007 issue of EFCA Today. After it comes out, I'll "reprint it here."

An excerpt from my review: "Uprooting Anger covers a lot of ground. Not only does Jones provide a biblical definition of anger, a diagnostic for gauging the righteousness of anger and a detailed roadmap to change, but he also delves into specific problems with anger—such as anger against God and anger directed at yourself. A whole chapter is also devoted to helping others deal with their anger. This is a body-life book, practical theology at its best."