To everyone’s dismay, we live in a world swarming with people filled with anger, rage and malice. This is due largely in part (speaking of the general population) to people’s unrealistic expectations not being met on some level. These expectations can be about God not fulfilling their prayers as they think He should, parents, children and/or other family members not obliging their needs and/or wants, jobs not going as they had hoped, lack of money, love, support, etc., marriages going awry, singlehood becoming too lonely, society at large and a litany of other reasons. On a more specific scale, there are those who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, raped, tormented, imprisoned and altogether left to die (literally or metaphorically) in a world where their abusers should have protected them. For others, strangers have inflicted such agony upon them in some form or fashion. Honestly, it has become (though it has probably always been since sin entered the world) a very scary and unsafe place to live. We’re constantly hearing on the news of senseless tragedies. Just this past week (April 2019), I heard of an incident in Minnesota at the American Mall where a 24-year-old man randomly grabbed a 5-year-old and threw him over the 3rd level banister. Once apprehended, he commented that he had “severe anger issues”. He had a record of violence in that same mall from whence he had been banned for a year. He had also done thousands of dollars worth of damage in a library there he destroyed computers. After I prayed for the 5-year-old, my mind immediately went to the questions, “Who hurt this man so terribly that he has all this pent up anger and rage? Who will help him? What will be his plight from here?” I understand the world’s issue with so much unbridled hostility as they have no Savior to whom they can cast their cares. What I don’t understand are the so-called Christians who bear the same level of hostility. With social media all the rage (no pun intended), everyone has a platform so as to vent all their frustrations and pick arguments with whomever they disagree. Whether it is against differing races, politics, religions or whatever, people love engaging in turmoil and disputes as social media is a place where their anger can be expressed even if the platform has zero to do with their root issues. People are searching for an outlet. People need a place where they can land their anger because, quite frankly, no one knows what to do with it. People of God should be different – the Bible tells us so. I Peter 2:9 states emphatically, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” “Why, then,” one may ask, “do so many professing followers of Christ still battle anger, rage, and malice as if God has not made a way in the wilderness?” In this book, I will address a plethora of Scriptures about how to overcome anger, not just suppress it – there is a big difference between the two. The former will incite peace; the latter will ignite an inevitable explosion. Whatever one’s reasoning for anger, rage, and malice, there is a solution for those who seek it. If you are a Christian battling anger, this book may shed some light on the matter and assist your liberty from such anger. If you are not a Christ-follower but are curious as to what the Bible says on the matter, this book may be beneficial to you as well; I pray so for everyone’s sake as anger affects everyone around us, not just us.
In her book, Extinguishing the Inferno of Anger, preacher and intercessor Alexys Wolf challenges every believer to deal with anger before it deals with them. Sure, there are times when anger can be the expression of righteousness but it’s more commonly a sign of emotional immaturity and spiritual bondage. As Alexys says, our anger becomes sinful when it flows from our pride and sense of entitlement.
Extinguishing the Inferno of Anger takes us through many common experiences in which anger is the default response—race relations, politics, religion, and illness to name a few—and brings us to a better way. Like the Old Testament figure Daniel, we can choose to live in faith and peace even in circumstances where everything in us cries out to give into anger.
Dr. Mike Turner, Senior Pastor
Lexington Baptist Church
Extinguishing the Inferno of Anger by Alexys V. Wolf provides tools that readers need to break away from the destructive power of anger, a book that is as timely as it is relevant, with a powerful message that addresses one of the troubling realities that society faces today. The author shares insights about anger and other negative emotions that accompany it and explores some of its root causes like unrealistic expectations, unhealthy relationships, racism, and a lot more. While helping readers to understand their anger, Alexys V. Wolf proposes a method that gives readers the freedom to choose a healthy path to handling it and how they can use it to become empowered.
In the introduction, the author explains the purpose of this book: "In this book, I will address a plethora of scriptures about how to overcome anger, not just suppress it – there is a big difference between the two. The former will incite peace; the latter will ignite an inevitable explosion." Wolf skillfully combines scripture with real-life experiences to speak directly to readers' hearts. The book is focused with short chapters and powerful points for reflection. In a world that is filled with anxiety and where fear easily enters into the human heart, this book offers a light in the darkness and proposes a path towards abiding peace. Extinguishing the Inferno of Anger offers a portal through which readers can enter into dialogue with their emotional self and find freedom in positively taking control of their anger. A highly recommended read.
Reviewed By Christian Sia
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I wish everyone on this earth would read this book. Extinguishing the Inferno of Anger is a wonderful book. Alexys has used scriptures and personal and other experiences to show how and what anger does not accomplish. I have learned so very much from reading this book and wish everyone would. I actually feel like this book as well as other books Alexys has written, are helping bring me closer in my walk with God. Alexys is definitely a Woman of God, a daughter, wife, mother, teacher, preacher and so much more. She shares her personal experiences with us to teach us about anger and how anger can and will affect us all. One thing I will state here that hit me right away, I know the Bible says to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I have loved our neighbors, but after reading this, I can honestly say that as much as I don't want to admit it, I realized that I could not have really loved our neighbors even though they are the best, because I could never really love myself. I thought if I loved myself, I would be conceited then when I read this wonderful book, I realized exactly what the Bible meant. Now I am learning to love myself as Jesus does and I don't feel conceited. I could seriously go on for quite a while talking about how great this book is and how much it teaches about anger, the causes of it and so much more. And I know that there is no way everyone on this earth will read this because we know that not every one is a follower of Christ or wants a personal relationship with Him. But it would be awesome if they did. I hope many of you will purchase this book and read all of it. You will be surprised at all you can learn. I know that there are things in my own life that I never thought of that have caused anger but now I know and I know what to do about it. Thank you so much Alexys for letting me do this for you. You are not only all I described above but you are also my sister too. I thank God for bringing you into my life. God bless you always.
Cheryl Kelly, Ontario, Canada
Chapter 1, Identifying the Issue
Chapter 2, The Emotion of Anger
Chapter 3, Connecting the Dots
Chapter 4, Fear and Anger
Chapter 5, Unrealistic Expectations
Chapter 6, Race Relations
Chapter 7, Politics
Chapter 8, Lawlessness
Chapter 9, The Four D's
Chapter 10, Handicaps
Chapter 11, Personal Relationships
Chapter 12, Religion
Chapter 13, People
Chapter 14: Abuse
Chapter 16: Self and God
Chapter 22: Overcoming Evil with Good
Chapter 23: Do Not Fret
Chapter 24: Great Peace
Chapter 25: Every Obstacle is an Opportunity