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Book Review: Heart of Anger and When Crickets Cry

November 14, 2011

Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo

This straight-forward, practical book  dissects anger and its manifestations – like disrespect and manipulation. Mr. Priolo, director of the Christian Counseling Institute in Atlanta, draws on his experience as a full-time biblical counselor in writing the book.

The book unfolds telling us that not all anger is sinful and that parents often contribute to the anger issues in children. He is up front in warning parents that they must deal with any anger issues they personally have before trying to address their child’s problems.

There are a few things that he insists on:

  • Using biblical names to specify emotions and responses. In this way, a specific sins can be dealt with according to scripture. The author references many verses and suggests more study to help you differentiate between “railing” and “clamour.”
  • Training a right response is the goal, not just recognizing a poor response.  His philosophy  is that we need to practice doing the right thing so it becomes a habit.
  • There are several “journals” printed to use as guides. He spends much time in going over these. They are the basic tool he recommends to parents and children to get to root causes of bad behavior and to overcome problems.

He isn’t afraid to tell you that conquering anger will take much time, but the benefits are eternal. He reminds us that it is the parent’s responsibility to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

I learned a lot from this book. There are not any warm fuzzies in it. It is serious and to the point, but it is full of hope too. I recommend it whether you or your child has an anger problem or not.  Some very good foundational parenting information.


When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

A much lighter book than the previous one!

The story centers on a widowed man who has you asking more questions than getting answers. It is not a mystery but it reads like one; flashbacks fill you in on Reese’s past and his secrets on a need-to-know basis.

The principle characters all believe in God and express their faith in him, although some of them in unconventional ways. Reese is personally looking for redemption and seems to be floundering.

Annie spends her time selling lemonade and bait crickets to raise money for her heart transplant. She is full of life and at the same time, nearing death. Reese’s blind brother-in-law sees what no one else can see.

It is a story about guarding your heart and opening it. It is a story of redemption and hope. It will remind you that God works in what we call “coincidence” and “circumstance.”

I actually dreamed of ways that I could help Annie, Reese, Charlie, and Cindy. They seemed so real that they became my friends for a few weeks. I followed all the twists of the plot and when I thought we were going to wrap the story up, there was one more turn, and it was satisfying.

If you have time to read for enjoyment, this is a book to pick up.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2011 2:49 pm

    I read When Crickets Cry a few summers ago. It was a good book and like you, I dreamt about the characters . . . they seemed very real!

    Great recommendation.


    • November 14, 2011 4:51 pm

      Haha! I wondered if I should include this sentence in the review. I didn’t want people to think there was some kind of mind control going on….. But now I’m beginning to wonder!

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