I’ll never forget my response a few years back during a conversation with my spiritual director. He said “You’re mad as heck about something and I don’t know what it is.” Excuse me? Anger? Me??? I’m the mild-mannered one, the one who laughs things off. I’m not angry—or am I?
Those who know me well probably have no trouble agreeing that I just might have a few problems with anger. As I have thought about this, even I have come to see that, yes, like most people, I have “issues” with anger. That is why I am excited by a new book from Dr. Ray Guarendi titled Fighting Mad: Practical Solutions for Conquering Anger.
One of the things I like about Dr. Ray is that he has a sense of humor. He does not take all the latest popular thinking on any subject and take it too seriously. Instead, he takes a good dose of common sense, along with years of clinical experience and states both the problems and the solutions in a way that I can easily get. It’s not that he downplays the issues at all; he just expresses them in a way that I can understand and accept. Somehow, Dr. Ray has a way of making me think I can be a better person and conquer my impulses. Right there is enough reason for me to dive into this book. Hopefully you’ll see a kinder, gentler me soon.