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Good & Angry by David Powlison


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. (From the Publisher’s Website)


This is an excellent book! Powlison lets us know that we all have an anger problem and that it is worse than we think. He shows us what it is, how it effects us, how it damages our relationships, and how to change our destructive patterns. Anger is not evil but our sin-tainted version of it often is.

Powlison talks about God’s righteous anger and how we are to conform to and reflect His anger until the day comes when sin is forever banished and anger is no longer needed. Especially helpful is the section at the end of the chapters called: Making it your own. Powlison helps us work through what he has taught us and practically apply the material to our own life.

I read this book hoping to get some general help during times when I am really angry. Instead, Powlison gives good steps to take to handle the everyday irritations that all too often lead to angry episodes. Reading this was like sitting in a series of counseling sessions. Powlison knows what he is talking about here and we should listen with as much attention as we can give him.

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.

Thank you David Powlison and New Growth Press for this valuable resource to help us all in our quest to become more Christ-like.

Book Details:


  • Author: David Powlison
  • Publisher: New Growth Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Page Count: 256
  • ISBN#: 9781942572978
  • List Price: $17.99



About the Author:

David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D. is Executive Director of Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) as well as a CCEF faculty member and Senior Editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary.

David has been counseling for over thirty years and has written numerous articles on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in LoveSeeing with New EyesPower Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare; and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context. His minibook titles include Facing Death with HopeHealing after AbortionRecovering from Child Abuse; and Renewing Marital Intimacy.

David has taught across the United States and in Korea, India, Brazil, Europe, and Sri Lanka. He blogs periodically at CCEF and The Gospel Coalition.  (From the Publisher’s Website)

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Disclaimer: I received this book from New Growth Press via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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  1. September 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

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