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The Enigma of Anger: Essays on a Sometimes Deadly Sin

The Enigma of Anger: Essays on a Sometimes Deadly Sin

Garret Keizer

ISBN: 978-0-787-96692-8

Nov 2002, Jossey-Bass

384 pages

$12.99

Description

Rage, resentment, envy, jealousy, and hatred— these emotions seem to dominate our times. They rule our highways, our workplaces, our homes, and our hearts.

In this provocative book of essays, writer Garret Keizer considers anger in all its baffling forms. Poignantly aware of his own temper, and of his ties to a religion that glorifies meekness, the author looks at anger as a paradox in our struggle to remain human in the midst of an infuriating world. Interweaving personal anecdotes, mythological stories, sacred texts, and Keizer's insightful observations, The Enigma of Anger will prove a welcome companion for anyone who has ever wrestled with wrath-or wished to make better use of it.

Preface xi

ANGER IN THE LORD

Where I Come From 5

The Wrath of God 15

Christ the Tiger 25

The Deadly Sin 39

Even in the Desert 55

ANGER IN THE HEAD

Anger as Mentality 69

Anger as Fear 81

Anger as Privilege 97

Anger as Grief 111

Anger as Grace 125

ANGER IN THE HOUSE

The Chronic Angers of the House 137

Angry Men: Agamemnon and Saul, Michael Henchard and Wade Ward 149

Angry Women: Clytemnestra and Boudica, Medea and Sethe 167

Anger and Children 185

Domestic Revolution 197

ANGER IN THE CHURCH

They That Are Sick 211

Passion Plays 225

Forgiveness 237

Loving the Enemy 251

Anger at God 267

ANGER IN THE WORLD

Work 283

Words 301

Venturing Out 317

Napoleon's Test 331

Someday You Will 351

The Author 363