Anger was written by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk. I would say it was a..... good book. Gave good insight and ways to confront anger. (I will get into the good in a second) However, it was a hard book for me to read. Not one that I just had to read. I am having a hard time putting words into why so try to follow me here. I am not a vegetarian or do a lot of yoga or meditation, so some parts of the book were a little extreme for me. For example, I am not going to talk to my 5 year old self and invite her to go for a hike with me. I don't really believe that if a chicken dies angry and then I eat it I will become angry. So, when I came across a part in the book that was weird for me I called my sister (that sent the book to me) and she would dumb it down a little for me. There was a lot of good in the book though. He taught that anger isn't something that just goes away. Everybody feels anger...even monks. It is what we do with the anger and how we express it that is important. We shouldn't act on anything when angry, but wait until we calm down to avoid doing or saying something to cause more damage. If we can view our family and friends as someone who is suffering when they are angry we can help them instead of add to the anger. Instead of me trying to explain any more here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.
"Many people look for happiness outside of themselves, but true happiness must come from inside of us."
"At the moment you become angry, you tend to believe that your misery has been created by another person. But by looking deeply, you may realize that the seed of anger in you is the main cause of your suffering. Many other people, confronted with the same situation, would not get angry like you."
"When someone is angry, and doesn't know how to handle her anger, she is helpless, she suffers....You realize that what she needs is help not punishment."
"When you understand the suffering of the other person, you are able to transform your desire to punish, and then you want only to help him or her."
"If you cannot accept yourself, if you cannot treat yourself with kindness, you cannot do this for another person."