How do the Individual Aspects of Emotions Interconnect?
by Tracy McCarter Wednesday, January 13, 2010
In his new book, Why Did God Give us Emotions?, Reneau Peurifoy stresses the importance of recognizing how the individual aspects of emotions interconnect. He focuses on four main aspects of emotions: their subjective nature, their physical side, their mental side, and their spiritual side. Why Did God Give Us Emotions? addresses topics like:
• Are some emotions “good” and others “bad”?
• The role of medications in treating emotional problems
• How our core beliefs affect our interpretation of events
• How emotions are the true window into our souls
• How to stop hiding from “taboo” emotions
• What keeps us from hearing God
• The role emotions play in becoming the person God wants us to become
“From the very start I’ve had two goals: I wanted to look at what science has learned about emotions from a biblical perspective, and I wanted to do it in a way that would strengthen the reader’s walk with God,” Peurifoy states. “Over the last two decades, I’ve seen the strengths of science and psychology in helping people and making our lives more comfortable. I’ve also become acutely aware of the inability of science and psychology to address the true source of human misery: sin and our separation from God. I believe that God has helped me write a book that will be useful to many.”
After more than two decades as a therapist and teacher, Reneau Peurifoy has become a master at reducing complex ideas into simple, easy-to-understand terms and applying them to daily life. He holds a Master’s in counseling and attended Fuller Theological Seminary.
Peurifoy is the author of several books including Anger: Taming the Beast, Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic: Taking Charge and Conquering Fear, and Overcoming Anxiety: From Short-Term Fixes to Long-Term Recovery. He has also created several CD series including The Relaxation Response series, The Changing Attitudes series and others designed for childbirth or surgery preparation.
“Over the last two decades, I’ve seen the strengths of science and psychology in helping people and making our lives more comfortable,” he states. “I’ve also become acutely aware of the inability of science and psychology to address the true source of human misery: sin and our separation from God.”
Peurifoy was in private practice for twenty years (1980–2000) as a marriage and family therapist specializing in anxiety disorders. He retired from private practice in 2000 and is currently teaching at Heald College in Sacramento, California.
Why Did God Give Us Emotions? by Reneau Peurifoy
LifeSkills Publications September 15, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-929437-16-3/240 pages/softcover/$16.95
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