The Cure for Unjust Anger by John Downame
RHB.-2020. lfpb. 128pp. Puritan Treasures for Today Series.
As a physician of souls, John Downame begins this important book by carefully defining anger and distinguishing between righteous and unjust expressions of it. He then helps us consider the properties, causes, kinds, and effects of unjust anger. Finally, moving beyond diagnosis, he presents the cure of sinful anger by prescribing practical strategies for both preventing and overcoming unjust anger in its different forms. Downame writes as a skilled practitioner who has assembled a comprehensive moral and spiritual pharmacy for treating sin-sick souls.
Table of Contents:
1. The Nature of Anger
2. Righteous Anger
3. Unjust Anger
4. Internal Causes of Unjust Anger
5. External Causes of Unjust Anger
6. The Properties of Unjust Anger
7. The Different Kinds of Unjust Anger
8. The Evil Effects of Unjust Anger
9. Removing the Causes of Unjust Anger
10. Subduing Anger by Laboring for Patience
11. Remedies to Cure Unjust Anger
12. Remedies to Cure Anger in Others
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John Downame (1571–1652) was a Puritan minster at All Hallows church, licenser of the press, and an examiner for ordaining ministers in London.
“A good doctor can help treat bodily diseases, but, as our Lord reminds us, the eternal soul is far more important than the earthly body. John Downame is a surgeon of the soul, turning his attention in this case to anger. Like the best physicians, he diagnoses symptoms accurately and treats the disease at its source. You may not think yourself to be sick with anger, but you know someone who is. And even if you think you are immune, this book will point you to the source of your soul’s many sicknesses and to the glory of the One who provides an ultimate cure.” — Jonathan Master