Powell packs a lot of practical sense into this slim volume. He retells Bible stories in a way that illuminates thirteen emotions we all deal with to some degree or another. Well known Bible personalities are often looked on as paragons of virtue. Powell shows them to have feet of clay when dealing with things like depression, inferiority complexes, bitterness, stress, anger, paranoia, and lust - just to name a few. They had these problems too. Not all coped as they ought, but insights can be drawn from their experiences to help us do better.
Powell has authored, I discovered, 30 other books in his 40 years as a pastor and denominational leader. Currently he is President of the Advisory Council of the Texas Baptist Leadership. This may explain why he can point out aspects in the old familiar Bible stories I have not noticed before.
For example, David's father Jesse had been previously married and had 7 sons. His mother had been married before and had two daughters. David was born when these step siblings were grown. He may have experienced some strife and tension in that home. When Jesse was to present his sons to Samuel, David was brushed off as the youngest, or least important, yet we now have more data about David than any other character in the Bible. He seemed to be able to overcome this handicap.
This book is recommended for any reader humble enough to face his or her own clay feet, and accept answers from the Bible.
(Reprinted with Permission from Provident Bookfinder)