Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer is such a book.
The title drew me to the book and the content kept me hooked.
Ms. Meyer believes we can change our lives by changing our minds, and I do too! While many other authors simply offer a ‘Pray and Wait Approach’, Ms. Meyer provides reasonable, practical, and effective tips and action steps to focus your mind and think the way God thinks.
What will this accomplish?
- “Gain control over you mind and find freedom and peace.”
- “Recognize damaging thoughts and stop them from influencing your life.”
- “Be patient with yourself even when you make mistakes.”
- “Arm yourself with the Word of God, praise, prayer, and other powerful spiritual weapons.”
- “Overcome your mental ‘wilderness’ – the bad attitudes and excuses people use that keep them from God – and find undreamed-of happiness and fulfillment.”
Sounds promising, doesn’t it?
When reading material, I’m always storing quotes and nuggets of information in my head or writing them down. There was so much good stuff in Battlefield of the Mind that I made a decision to go back through the book a second time to capture all the notable text so the first time through, I could just simply enjoy the read.
I must share that aside from the plethora of solid, helpful information, there was one area, in particular, which struck a very important chord with me.
Before I met my husband, Lindon, I used to get moments of overwhelming despair; despair which would always preempt a significantly positive event or season. I had a hard time verbalizing how I felt, but the term ‘Dark Clouds’ seemed to come close. These clouds would block the sun, cause everything to appear gloomy and gray, and leave a pervasive feeling of anguish. It felt like a self-defeating behavior, except I had no intention of sabotaging my happiness or joy, so I didn’t understand their presence. I’ve never suffered from depression and have a ‘never say die’ attitude; fear and defeat are not emotions I spend any time on. So when the dark clouds would roll in, I didn’t understand why, nor did I know how to prevent them from showing up.
Thank you, Ms. Meyer, for giving my experience a name – Mind-Bending Spirits. In this section she speaks of the evil spirits lurking around and the havoc they can play on our mind. Boy did this hit home! Her experience and advice in this area was invaluable, but even beyond that, feeling understood and having my feelings validated was priceless. Even though I haven’t experienced those awful Dark Clouds in years, I now have an understanding of the situation and feel confident that should they return, I’m equipped to deal with them in a positive, healthy, proactive way.
Do you suffer from conditions of the mind such as worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation? These are all addressed, as are the consequences of judgmental, critical, suspicious, wandering, and passive minds. It’s really fascinating reading and relatable on so many levels. If some of the text doesn’t apply to you, it will certainly apply to someone you personally know and may help you relate more effectively.
The last third of the book focuses on ten ‘Wilderness Mentalities’. A wilderness mentality is a wrong mindset. For example, “My behavior may be wrong, but it’s not my fault,” and, “my future is determined by my past and present.” One by one, she exposes these false concepts and tackles, head-on, exactly how to overcome them. Her honesty is refreshing, her no-nonsense approach much needed, and her encouragement contagious.
“People who must always have someone else pushing them will never really do anything great. Those who only do what is right when someone is looking won’t get very far either. We must be motivated from within, not from without. We must live our lives before God, knowing that He sees all and that our reward will come from Him if we persist in doing what He has asked us to do.”
Born from Ms. Meyers own trials, tragedies, and ultimate victories, she shares openly from the heart for our benefit.
Do you desire to begin changing your life? Then you need to change your mind first. Pick up Battlefield of the Mind today.