“The Angry Christian” by Bert Ghezzi interacts with the idea that anger is not always a bad thing, and that it can even be beneficial to the process of Christian character. Ghezzi states:
“Anger is righteous if we direct it against wrongdoing and control its expression. Anger is unrighteous if we direct it against something good, or if we allow it to get out of control or to control us, or if we use it to express dissatisfaction at not getting our own way.”
The author offers scriptural illustrations to clarify the distinction.
At the beginning of the book, Ghezzi explores various examples of ways in which humans inadequately handle anger. Irritability, negativity, resentment, depression, and arguably the worst way to deal with anger, suppression, are all presented and an alternative is offered. Ghezzi explains why anger is actually a gift from God and elaborates on channeling the anger into patience and endurance.
The end of each chapter features discussion questions and questions for personal reflection and application that I found to be rather engaging at times.
I actually hadn’t realized it when I requested the book, but the author is a Roman Catholic and quotes from 1 Maccabees. Aside from this, there were not many exclusively Catholic statements and so I would say that, overall, the book was actually pretty good. A mature believer could read and even learn from this book which seeks to build a biblical case and application for the use of anger in the Christian life.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.