I’m the divine anger guy. I’ve written articles recently on “Wrath” in the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets (IVP Bible Dictionary) and Divine Wrath and Divine Compassion in Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem.
So, when I was looking at the CBS news website today and I ran across an interview with Ian Punnett, author of How to Pray When You’re Pissed at God: Or Anyone Else for That Matter I was intrigued. Human anger? Perhaps a new topic to focus on?
Here’s the link if you want to listen to the interview with the author. It’s good.
I haven’t bought the book yet, but I probably will just based on the title. It’s currently in the top 200 on Amazon and the #1 book on prayer right now.
He starts out with an angry tweet from Steve Johnson, wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills who was pissed at God (after he dropped a pass). Johnson took flack for his angry outburst since people think that pious people don’t talk like that to God, but Punnett thinks he shouldn’t have. Scripture is full of people who are angry at God.
I could have used this book during the fall when I didn’t understand what God was doing in my life. I will probably have opportunities in the future when this book will be relevant to my life. Although, it would be OK if I didn’t.
How do you pray when you’re pissed at God?
Be careful, though, you don’t want to get struck by lightning.