True Feelings
Emotions can be confusing. At times, we live at the mercy of our emotions, feeling helpless to understand them and powerless to control them. But the Bible brings clarity to this confusion, showing women that emotions are ultimately a gift from God. In this book, a mother-daughter team offers women a fresh perspective on their feelings straight from God's Word, helping them handle emotions in a way that honors God and others. Pointing women to godly habits and unpacking the role of feelings in everyday life, this book offers hope for flourishing with the emotions that God gave them.

True Feelings Details

TitleTrue Feelings
Author
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherCrossway
ISBN-139781433552472
Rating
GenreChristian, Womens

True Feelings Review

  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    True FeelingsGod's Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotionsby Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole WhitacreCrossway Christian , Religion & SpiritualityPub Date 31 Oct 2017I am reviewing a copy of True Feelings Through Crossway and Netgalley:This book shows us that emotions can be confusing. The book points out too that at times feelings can be so unpleasant we would rather not have them and often Facebook can make it worse.This book points out that because Christ restores are emotions, they can True FeelingsGod's Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotionsby Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole WhitacreCrossway Christian , Religion & SpiritualityPub Date 31 Oct 2017I am reviewing a copy of True Feelings Through Crossway and Netgalley:This book shows us that emotions can be confusing. The book points out too that at times feelings can be so unpleasant we would rather not have them and often Facebook can make it worse.This book points out that because Christ restores are emotions, they can work the way he meant for them to work, together in harmony with our other faculties.We are reminded too that emotions can help define who we are, and that they can move us into action when necessary.This book tells us too that there are a time that good feelings can be bad, like when an enemy falls we should not rejoice. The author reminds us too that even when we are hormonal we can glorify Christ.The author stresses the importantce Of making sure our beliefs and values line up with God’s Word.The author encourages us too not to vent but to pour our emotions out to God.I give True Feelings Five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Ashley Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    This book, True Feelings, is reaching bookstore shelves at precisely the right moment. It is accessible and encouraging in its language. It is a fast read. And, most importantly, it is written in a season of our society when emotions are often given free reign on social media. Sometimes, what I hope to be a simple and quick scroll through my newsfeed leaves me reeling, as though I’ve been in the middle of a yelling match (in which I wasn’t participating). Christian, it is the right time to talk This book, True Feelings, is reaching bookstore shelves at precisely the right moment. It is accessible and encouraging in its language. It is a fast read. And, most importantly, it is written in a season of our society when emotions are often given free reign on social media. Sometimes, what I hope to be a simple and quick scroll through my newsfeed leaves me reeling, as though I’ve been in the middle of a yelling match (in which I wasn’t participating). Christian, it is the right time to talk about emotions.Mahoney and Whitacre set forth the following question: If one attends a church that teaches soundly from Scripture, how is it that they fail to progress in the Christian life? They also posit this answer: We do not have a biblical understanding of emotions or, therefore, the capacity to handle them biblically. Subsequently, the authors spend the duration of the book helping readers understand three things:1) Where our emotions come from,2) the purpose for our emotions, and3) how we can, by God’s grace, change our them (and how we handle them) over time. I believe this book starts in the right spot—why we have emotions in the first place. Many times, the authors reference our cultural proclivity to suppress emotions and our assumption that any strong emotion is bad. But “emotions are from God, for the glory of God” (p. 56). Our job is to consider how He would have us to feel about things, and we learn that by steeping our minds and hearts in the Word.I particularly appreciate the chapter dedicated to the long-game of changing what we feel by changing what we believe and value, by setting these things next to Scripture and seeing if they align. (If not, we ask the Lord to change our hearts.) The authors address the concept of feeling the right emotion, at the right time, with the right intensity. They quote Mark Talbot, who states that emotions should be “proportioned to the right value of their objects.” If I’m losing my mind over a traffic jam, it’s probably time to step back and evaluate why I am reacting the way I am. A bit of time is given to discuss how our physiological condition impacts our emotions, but I appreciate that Mahaney and Whitacre don’t allow for challenging circumstances to be an excuse for sin. They are clear that our job is to feel things and respond to them with behavior that is God-glorifying.Some of my other favorite chapters were devoted to equipping the reader with tools for battling out-of-control emotions in the moment, plus daily disciplines to cultivate deeper self-control. This includes Scripture intake, prayer, replacing bad habits (e.g., dwelling on failures) with godly ones (e.g., meditating on truths about God or a Scripture that combats a particular lie you believe), and recognizing God’s good gifts to us. Overall, True Feelings covers all the bases and leaves the reader understanding her own heart-processes a little better. This would make a great book club read, because it is ripe with discussion topics. Hopefully Crossway will produce a discussion or study guide PDF to accompany True Feelings. I’ll keep an eye out for it!*I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book because of the title. It is rare that I think I have read a book written purely on emotion or feelings so I was interested to see what the authors had to say. The book was written by a mother/daughter team and geared toward women. Many of the examples and scenarios in the book were therefore about women. Unlike many other books written to women this book did not feel as vulnerable, perhaps because of the style in which it was written combined with the fact that the authors I picked up this book because of the title. It is rare that I think I have read a book written purely on emotion or feelings so I was interested to see what the authors had to say. The book was written by a mother/daughter team and geared toward women. Many of the examples and scenarios in the book were therefore about women. Unlike many other books written to women this book did not feel as vulnerable, perhaps because of the style in which it was written combined with the fact that the authors spoke about themselves in the third person instead of first person.The first half of the book felt very academic to me or like the authors were trying to build their case (which they were). Unfortunately, it felt very repetitive, which is not necessarily my favorite thing in a book. I felt this part of the book could have been shorter. I did enjoy the research and thought put into this section though.All that being said-the last portion of the book was my favorite. I felt that it held more practical examples and tools that I could use when thinking about my emotions in a godly way. And most importantly the authors always point the reader back to prayer, the Word and God.Finally, I really appreciated the use of Scripture and biblical examples throughout the book. This book is definitely gospel-centered. There were portions of this book I found long and confusing and portions of this book that I found extremely applicable and in those parts I highlighted something every other paragraph. There were things that I appreciated about the book and things that I would have done differently. So in short I have complex feelings about this book, but then aren’t feelings always complex? I would say this book is worth reading, especially if you want a biblical theology of emotion.This book will be available on October 31, 2017.I received an advanced copy of this book from Crossway and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • SolidFood
    January 1, 1970
    Often we look at our emotions and view them as bad. Yet emotions themselves are not bad, rather how we use them. Learning to recognize and control our emotions is a battle we all face. In this book, the authors provide some practical steps to better understand our emotions and learn to use them in a God-honoring way rather than in sinful patterns.Emotions "tell us what we believe and value. We should listen to what they are telling us and evaluate our emotions in light of Scripture. Emotions als Often we look at our emotions and view them as bad. Yet emotions themselves are not bad, rather how we use them. Learning to recognize and control our emotions is a battle we all face. In this book, the authors provide some practical steps to better understand our emotions and learn to use them in a God-honoring way rather than in sinful patterns.Emotions "tell us what we believe and value. We should listen to what they are telling us and evaluate our emotions in light of Scripture. Emotions also move. We should not try to deny their persuading power, but instead allow them to drive us to God." When our emotions manifest themselves, we should evaluate what that particular emotion is revealing about what we believe and value. For example, anger at being cut off in traffic reveals that we value our safety. Or it may reveal that we want to be in control and have our drive go smoothly. Recognizing our underlying beliefs and values behind our emotions helps us to then respond according to what Scripture teaches rather than turning to a sinful response. If the beliefs or values that an emotion reveals is not Biblical, that emotion is an indication that we need to change our belief or value so that it lines up with Scripture.This book provides great information for us to evaluate our emotions Biblically and some practical steps for moving forward. If you struggle with your emotions, this is a good read to provide hope and encouragement.*I received a copy of this book free on Kindle from the publisher Crossway through Netgalley in exchange for my review.
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  • Mary Brickmeier
    January 1, 1970
    This book was quite difficult for me to get through. If I was not reviewing it I more than likely would have just stopped reading it. It was very repetitive and I felt that the entire book could have been much shorter as much of te things that the authors discussed was well known things and most people do not want to read a hundred something page book on things that they are already knowledgeable about. It frustrated me that the entire book never discussed the fact that men have feelings as well This book was quite difficult for me to get through. If I was not reviewing it I more than likely would have just stopped reading it. It was very repetitive and I felt that the entire book could have been much shorter as much of te things that the authors discussed was well known things and most people do not want to read a hundred something page book on things that they are already knowledgeable about. It frustrated me that the entire book never discussed the fact that men have feelings as well. I understand that the books were more geared to female readers but it still should have been discussed. There were several times when it talked about a husband and wife having an argument and that it should automatically be on the woman to calm herself and find herself to be unreasonable in the situation and that she be the one to get them both to calm down. It was very heteronormative, which makes sense as the book was written by two heterosexual women, but at times it felt a bit harmful to the woman’s psyche with how they were able to place a somewhat blame on women’s emotions. I also was not a fan of the fact that they completely disregarded the fact of mental health and that it plays a huge role in emotions and how we as humans portray them. This book felt more geared to middle age privileged conservative white women than it did to all women.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    I appreciate so many things about this book. It speaks honestly about our emotions and brings a biblical perspective on them. It is encouraging as well as convicting. It had a nice balance of insight and practical ideas to help us grow. It gave examples to show how applying the principles and ideas would work. I also liked the fact that the authors come from different emotional bents. One is more even-keeled while the other experiences more highs and lows emotionally. It is easy for these two ty I appreciate so many things about this book. It speaks honestly about our emotions and brings a biblical perspective on them. It is encouraging as well as convicting. It had a nice balance of insight and practical ideas to help us grow. It gave examples to show how applying the principles and ideas would work. I also liked the fact that the authors come from different emotional bents. One is more even-keeled while the other experiences more highs and lows emotionally. It is easy for these two types of people to not understand where the other is coming from so I appreciated the balance that that brought to the book. I could easily relate and found my own leanings and saw the strengths and weaknesses of each bent. While many things were helpful, I found the chapter on painful emotions particularly so. Our emotions are so heightened during times of pain and suffering. They can cause us to drive deeper into the Lord or deeper into ourselves. The Mahaneys deal with this topic with compassion and grace. Thank you to Crossway for providing a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    More like 4.5 stars since I felt a few topics could've been fleshed out some more. Overall, a really encouraging and challenging read. "Emotions are not dangerous. We are in danger, though, if our emotions are not satisfied in Christ."I received a free copy of this book from Crossway in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Deon
    January 1, 1970
    *This is an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.*
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