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New book by Dr. John I. Snyder

December • 10th, 2018

"Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame" (Abingdon Press) - by Dr. John I. Snyder 
About the book
Resentment seems to be multiplying and gaining a strong foothold worldwide, and not just among family members. If you search the Internet for “resentment,” you’ll find a wide variety of reasons why people are angry, envious, spiteful, or simply filled with the culmination of this disease: hatred.  
Living as expats, it's very easy to become bitter along the challenging road of adjusting to life in a new country. In our new surroundings, we may find plenty to resent—the way we're treated, the difficulty of finding our comfort zone, the language, the customs.

Are bitterness and resentment destroying your life or having a negative impact on the harmony and productivity in your business and corporate relationships? ‘Persistent bitterness may result in global feelings of anger and hostility that, when strong enough, could affect a person's physical health,’ says Carsten Wrosch, a professor in Montreal's Concordia University Department of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development. 

In his new book "Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame," Dr. John I. Snyder offers help from self-destructive patterns. He writes, "Through years of pastoral counseling, I can attest that, if left unchecked, resentment is a powerful, deadly force. Just ask its victims. It is a cancer that destroys everything it touches. In seconds it can kill a deep relationship that has taken years or even decades to develop. It dissipates love, joy, and hope. It neutralizes marriages, churches, small businesses, large corporations, political parties, and governments.

Resentment can harm or delude you without your even knowing it. It clouds your reasoning, keeps you from recognizing the truth, and makes you incapable of seeing someone else’s point of view. Bottom line: it hurts you more than the person you’re resenting! And when you’re resentful of someone, you can mistake your strong, heated feelings for logic. It’s like trying to reason with a drunk person. You’d have to be just as drunk as that person to understand his or her logic. 

In a real sense, when you resent people, you put them in charge of your life. You end up the loser. Actress and novelist Carrie Fisher wrote, “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

As the holidays come around, we find old family wounds bring up the bitterness of past buried or unresolved hurts. If you're looking for a way out of your pain, "Resenting God" offers insights into the causes and consequences of resentment, and the cures for resentment against each other, the way to escape out of blaming others, and a way into healthy and joyful living. 

In a real sense, when you resent people, you put them in charge of your life. You end up the loser.

About the Author: Dr. John Snyder is an international pastor, conference speaker, and author of the new book “Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame” from Abingdon Press. He is also the author of “Your 100 Day Prayer” from Thomas Nelson Publishers, a transformational 100-day guided prayer journey, and “Reincarnation vs. Resurrection” from Moody Press. He received his Doctor of Theology degree magna cum laude in New Testament Studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He also has Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He has been featured on Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, Fox News, Faith Radio Network, Cru, American Family Radio Network, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh, Miracle Channel, Bill Martinez Live, and many more.

You can find some of his articles in academic journals, online magazines, and newspapers including Theology Today, Theology Mix, Outreach Magazine, Dialog, Theologische Zeitschrift, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, The Washington Times, and others. John has also served on the adjunct faculty of New College Berkeley as well as the World Journalism Institute. You can follow him on Twitter at @johnisnyder or connect with him on Facebook or LinkedIn. Dr. Snyder and his family reside in Germany. He is currently pastor of Starnberg Fellowship, an international church in the Starnberg/South Munich area.

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