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Escapism masks our inner turmoil.
Emotional immaturity undermines our spiritual growth.
We run from our emotions, repress and ignore them, try to smooth our inner turbulence with wise-sounding spiritual phrases. Still, many of us find ourselves stuck. We deal with the same struggles over and over again. Relationships fail. We do all the right Christian things, and yet don't sense an increased intimacy with God or the people around us.
We were created in God's image.
That means our emotions were, too.
So why do we consider our emotions untrustworthy?
Why is emotional maturity not a part of discipleship in the church?
There has to be a better way.
Mary DeMuth, author of We Too and Not Marked.
Discovering the God-given Purpose and Power of Your Emotions.
The Wisdom of Your Heart challenges Christian myths about emotions and equips us to discover the wisdom within this God-given gift. What myths? Emotions lead you astray. Emotions aren’t spiritual. And the biggest one: God is not emotional. The truth is this: Emotions are a God-given source of wisdom when we know how to listen. The Wisdom of Your Heart explores:
A.J. Swaboda, professor at Portland and Fuller Seminaries
God intended us to learn from them.
The Wisdom of Your Heart explains why and how. Starting with his own emotional breakdown, and then moving through what the Bible says about our emotions, and the best understanding that current brain studies have given us, Marc leads the reader on a journey of making peace with our emotions, and coming to be able to hear the wisdom they contain.
Then The Wisdom of Your Heart is for you.
Marc Alan Schelske is a husband, dad, speaker, writer, hobbyist theologian, and recovering fundamentalist who drinks tea and rides a motorcycle. Marc is privileged to serve as the teaching elder for Bridge City Community Church, a rag-tag faith community in Milwaukie, Oregon. There he focuses on inside-out living, and what it looks like to follow Jesus at the intersection of grace and growth.
As a writer and speaker, Marc brings solid Biblical study and theological depth, but with a vulnerable and authentic voice that connects with people worn out by the church machine and looking for honest-to-goodness personal transformation.
More important than any of this, however, Marc has walked the difficult path of emotional recovery.
Growing up in a conservative church community, he internalized many messages about avoiding, ignoring, or repressing emotions. Trauma early in life and his own perfectionism wired him up for a driven life of accomplishment and performance.
In 2006, with the birth of his first child, his life began to splinter and fall apart, leaving Marc in a deep depression.
Marc's emotionally disconnected life very nearly cost him everything that mattered to him—his marriage, his family, his ministry. Step-by-step, with the care of wise mentors, a graceful community, miles of painful personal exploration—as well as the guidance of a caring therapist—Marc has walked through his own darkness, with a continuing story of personal, spiritual and emotional growth and healing.
Michele Cushatt, author of I Am and Undone.
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