Faith and Feelings
Davis, Ellen F. Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament. Cambridge: Cowley, 2001.
This book provides an introduction to several parts of the
Old Testament, giving particular attention to texts that
challenge assumptions we have about emotions.
Insightful, provocative, and engaging, this book is a
pleasure to read, and it invites deep thought about the
Bible and emotions.
Elliott, Matthew A. Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006.
This book provides a useful overview of the New
Testament’s teachings on emotion. It also gives
some attention to how emotions were conceived in
Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures.
Nussbaum, Martha C. Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Nussbaum is arguably the leading public intellectual of our
day, and this work represents her highly insightful thoughts
into emotions. Although very lengthy (over 700 pages), it is
readable and enjoyable.
Phillip, Cary. “Why You Don’t Always Have to Experience Joy: Or, How God Vindicates the Afflicted.” Pages 137-156 in Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2010.
This essay provides an excellent explanation of why the
Christian life does not exempt people from emotional
hardship. It includes very good treatments of both
depression and the book of Job.
Roberts, Robert C. Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
Roberts builds the case that emotions are fundamental to
the life of faith. Growing more deeply spiritually, he argues,
can be facilitated by a better understanding of what
emotions are, how they work, and their interrelatedness
with Christian virtues.