Victory Over Grumpiness, Irritation, and Anger



Part of the “Living Free” series

Do you have a problem with grumpiness, irritation, or anger? If so, you know how destructive these emotions can be, and you may feel powerless to control them.

Jesus gave us good news — You can live a peace-filled, joyful life regardless of your circumstances. You don’t have to be controlled by anger.

In this Bible-based book, you will read how to become free from the grip of anger. You will learn more than self-control; you will learn how to become more loving and a wise friend to others.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 226 pages.

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Part one – Confront Your Anger

1   Adopt God’s View of Anger

2   Consider the Results of Anger

3   Be Cautious about “Righteous Anger”

4   Evaluate Your Anger Patterns

5   Decide to Overcome Your Anger

Part two – Let God Change Your Heart

6   Walk Close to God

7   Live a Life of Love

8   Extend Grace to Others

Part three – Exercise Self-Control

9   Stop

10 Think

11  Pray

12  Respond

Putting it All Together


Small Group Leader’s Guide

Tips for Leaders

Step-by-Step Meeting Plan

Discussion Questions


Are you grumpy, irritated, or just plain mad?

  • Do you get upset with others, irritated, or grumpy?
  • Do you scream, throw things, make sarcastic comments, or say cruel words?
  • Do you suppress your angry emotions, feeling upset, sorry for yourself, or depressed?


Anger usually is destructive

Regardless of how you express anger, it can be destructive. Your spouse and children may be afraid of you. People on the job may avoid you. You may be denied a promotion.

Your anger hurts others, but it also hurts you — spiritually and physically. Most importantly, the Bible tells us that it grieves God.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (Ephesians 4:30-31)


There is hope — You can overcome your anger

You may feel powerless to overcome your anger, yet armed with the practical biblical truths in this book — and strengthened with God’’s help — you can break free from the grip of anger and bitterness. You don’t have to stay mad.

In Victory Over Grumpiness, Irritation and Anger, you will learn biblical insights and practical anger management tools that will help you gain self-control. Even more important, you will learn how to let God change your heart, so you can love others more and handle difficult situations with wisdom and respect.

As you study this easy-to-read, Bible-based book, you will discover how to —

  • Recognize warning signs of anger
  • Gain self-control
  • Love others more
  • Grow in patience
  • Handle difficult situations with grace


This book is interactive

Personal application questions in each chapter help you put its biblical advice into practice and move beyond anger and bitterness. It is comprehensive and detailed, yet easy to use and practical.


Victory Over Grumpiness, Irritation, and Anger is ideal for small groups

The twelve chapters in this book make it ideal for a twelve-week study in a small group or church class. By doubling-up the chapters, you can use it for a six-week study. There’s no need to buy a separate leader’s guide. Small group guidelines and chapter-by-chapter small group discussion questions are found at the back of the book.



In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:

  • Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
  • Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.


This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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