I haven’t written a book review since I was in High school. And even then, I used those amazing, cheater websites like “Spark Notes.”
I know, I am a terrible person. But, we had to read some pretty boring books in Canada y’all.
Anyways, I actually read this book. Guys, you should read this. Even if you have no mental struggles (I want to be you) this book is really an eye opener.
First off, I love Joyce Meyer. I think she is an incredibly gifted Evangelist, and she really practices what she preaches. Plus, she has had it pretty rough at times throughout her life, so I feel like I can actually believe her writing. It’s not like reading those self-help books where the people never actually went through it, but they got some fancy degree in College about it, so now they must be experts right?
I am pretty open about my mental struggles with being totally obsessed with eating only healthy food, and NEVER EVER EVER DO I DARE miss a workout. I am really trying to learn moderation and balance, and to truly tap into the joy of life that God wants for me. I’ve been really struggling with being victorious though. I have had this mindset for so many years now, and it’s proving to be really hard to change.
However, what this book has made me realize is the battle is what I just said, a mindset. It is completely in my mind. If I want my actions to change, it starts with changing my thinking. Now, this is a billion times easier said than done, but it’s such a wake up call. When I sit around and feel guilty about eating something or try to figure out exactly how many calories I’ve had, or really don’t want to go to the gym but think l will gain a million lbs if I miss one workout, those are all just thoughts. And, they are not Christ-centered. God has given us the mind of Christ as believers, and I have not been tapping into that AT ALL. I can’t expect to make any changes if my thoughts are on earthly, fleshy things that really don’t matter at all to The Lord. This book has made me realize that.
It goes through different subjects like depression, worry, suspicion, spiritual warfare etc. and how to fight all these areas. But, it all comes down to one thing: the battlefield starts with you and your thinking. We all deserve to enjoy the fullness of life that God intended us, but so many of us walk around defeated and thinking we can never overcome our struggles. However, we need to learn to do as the Bible says and “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
I never realized all these things until I read this book. I don’t want to give it all away, but I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. Struggles or not, I think it’s an awesome read to really start to cast your cares on Jesus and begin truly living life.