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Review: Stay Positive

Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind - Joyce Meyer

That should be the title of this book. Really.

 

Before I really talk about the book, I want to say something. I'm not a big fan of Joyce Meyer because of her spending habits. With all the money she's acquired, I feel like she could help so many less fortunate people. Instead, she bought a $10 million jet. She's also prone to be a bit rude when she preaches and people don't cheer immediately.

 

But all that aside, she can give sound advice. She can really point you in the right direction to straighten out your walk with God. I like her enthusiasm. (Although, sometimes I really think she's fake. But I'm a negative person, as this book revealed.)

 

This book was given to me by a good friend of mine that suffers from the same illness I do. I have severe generalized anxiety with depression. It makes life really difficult and I have to take a pill every day to keep me level. I worry myself sick over petty things, and I can't stop. It's not so easy to just relax, and a lot of people just don't get it. Unless you have this problem, chances are you have a very hard time relating. You just think we're crazy or a worry wart.

 

Joyce said a lot of things that I've heard before, about being positive and turning everything over to God. But this time I actually listened. You become your thoughts, and if you're negative all the time, you will eventually become the person nobody wants around. The critical bitch.

 

She goes into how Satan whispers doubts to us, and how we have to stay tough and not let them get to us. Keep thinking positive and praising God. I really have to learn to do more of this and stop drowning in self pity.

 

Then she breaks down the different types of abnormal minds and how to change your thinking. I have an anxious mind, with a touch of the wandering thrown in. Sometimes I lack focus, which is Satan trying to keep me from what God wants me to do. And of course, I can't stop worrying about BS, like waking up on time or the fact there's dust on my TV. So I have to learn to block the urge to wander, and to turn all those worries into positive thoughts. The latter will be the hardest part, but I'm sure I can do it if I really try.

 

The last part of the book was going through popular excuses for giving up on changing. "It's too hard." "I don't deserve God's love." "I'm entitled to everything NOW!"

 

This part of the book I found to be true but redundant. This was stuff I've heard over and over from my own pastor, so I glazed when reading these chapters.

 

Anyway, this book is good if you're really needing help with getting your mind right. It's especially good if you're new to Christianity and can't find your way. It's got some nice stories to help you relate, and lots of Biblical quotes to back up the teachings. I liked it.