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Karen Kircher – Emotional Intelligence: Change your thinking – get more from your life

How to build stronger relationships and effectively communicate, influence and lead

Malcom Down Publishing

ISBN: 978-1915046215

149 pages

£12.99

 

This book only has one Bible reference and is not an overtly Christian book. It would have been interesting to see the author interact substantially with biblical teaching on how people can develop emotional intelligence – to be sure the Christian world could do with more EQ!

Nevertheless, this slim book is a brilliant exploration in two main sections, of the things that can both hinder and develop our emotional intelligence.

The two sections are:

Understand your emotional intelligence

Manage your emotional intelligence

The author is particularly helpful on explaining “The Gap” in our EQ. By this the author means the statements that have shaped our lives, the responses we have made to those statements, and the gap that in our development.

The gap is the area of sensitivity that leads us to react to life situations based on these triggers and responses in our lives. The challenge for human development is when these shaping statements become for us not so much an enabling motto for life, but a straitjacket that can restrict us, and potentially imprison those with whom we interact.

This would be a useful book for parents, managers and church leaders to read, to alert them to the tell-tale signs of emotionally woundedness in themselves and others. It might also serve as a corrective to the tendency to speak less than helpful words into other people’s lives.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia.

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