Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life

How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You

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Spiritual guidance for a happier, more fulfilled life

Have you been hurt by someone and want to learn to trust again? Do you need help with your sadness or anger? Are you looking for relief from shame, anxiety, or fear? Do you desire the true happiness and love that come with emotional healing? Christian psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Mark Baker shows how to handle eight basic human emotions in order to heal from emotional pain--and discover the bright future God has in store for you. Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is the same compassionate advice he shares with his clients, allowing you to reap the benefits of expert counseling from the comfort of your own home.

"Mark brilliantly blends insightful understanding with real-world challenges, equipping us with tools and strategies to bring daily happiness into reach."--Carmen Renee Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"With theological and psychological sophistication that remains accessible to all readers, Baker describes the eight human emotions, their causes, impacts, most common problems, and the healthiest ways to engage them."--Brad D. Strawn, PhD, professor of the integration of psychology and theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Dr. Baker gently tells us the truth about ourselves: we may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can choose how we will live--and even thrive--within the midst of them."--Rev. Dr. Scott Weimer, senior pastor, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

"This wise, practical, and helpful book is rich with stories and examples that illustrate how to heal and grow from pain and disappointment."--Winston E. Gooden, dean emeritus, the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary


Mark W. Baker, PhD, has been a clinical psychologist for more than twenty-five years. The author of the bestselling Jesus--The Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived, Dr. Baker holds advanced degrees in both theology and clinical psychology and is executive director of the La Vie Counseling Centers in Pasadena. He is also a frequent speaker on Christian radio and at churches in the Los Angeles area.


Endorsements

"In a world distracted by superficial tweets and shallow memes, Dr. Mark Baker digs deep for eternal truths that are spiritually sound and psychologically transforming. Expect to discover life-changing 'a-ha' moments and experience the inexplicable peace of God's grace within the pages of this book. Mark brilliantly blends insightful understanding with real-world challenges, equipping us with tools and strategies to bring daily happiness into reach."

Carmen Renee Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"Many people of faith today are terribly conflicted about the role of emotions in their lives. They may have been taught to fear them, distrust them, or at the very least somehow control them. In Spiritual Wisdom for a Better Life, Dr. Mark Baker demonstrates that emotions have a central and important place in the lives of believers. With theological and psychological sophistication that remains accessible to all readers, Baker describes the eight human emotions, their causes, impacts, most common problems, and the healthiest ways to engage them. What comes through is a storehouse of wisdom from Baker's years of clinical experience and vibrant personal faith. Most importantly, Baker demonstrates that emotions are an essential aspect of a thriving life and are best understood in and through trusted relationships with others."

Brad D. Strawn, PhD, professor of the integration of psychology and theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Dr. Baker gently tells us the truth about ourselves: we may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can choose how we will live--and even thrive--within the midst of them. Throughout the book, he offers helpful illustrations, drawn from his many years as a practicing psychologist. In the telling of these stories, he gives an unexpected bonus gift to the reader as he models how to wisely care for one another through reflective listening skills. The book will undoubtedly help many people, especially people in crisis, but also those who care for them."

Rev. Dr. Scott Weimer, senior pastor, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

"Dr. Baker has drawn upon Scripture, social science theory, research, and his extensive practice of psychotherapy to create an accessible resource for understanding and dealing with basic human emotions in the relationships of daily life. This wise, practical, and helpful book is rich with stories and examples that illustrate how to heal and grow from pain and disappointment. I am pleased to endorse the book and recommend it as a treasure for laypersons, pastors, and counselors."

Winston E. Gooden, dean emeritus, the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary


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    Mark W. Baker PhD

    Mark W. Baker, PhD has been a clinical psychologist for more than 25 years. The author of the bestselling Jesus--The Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived, Dr. Baker holds advanced degrees in both theology and clinical psychology, is executive director of...

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