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Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind (1995)

af Joyce Meyer

Serier: Warner Faith

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Explains how people can change their lives by changing the way they think, revealing the impact negative emotions have on mental and physical health and providing strategies to help overcome feelings of anger, worry, doubt, and depression.
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This is the first title by Joyce Meyer that I have read. I always enjoy hearing her speak through my local radio station but never thought to read one of her books. I was given this title to create a detailed book discussion for college kids. I divided the book into three sections - #1 The Goal - An Authentic Personal Relationship with God -- #2 The Enemy's (devil's) Playback and #3 Huddle Up to Building an Unstoppable Defense.

Since reading this book, I have been recommending it to as many people as I can - because it applies to everyone no matter what their stage in life. - I only gave it four stars because it was a little wordy in places.

...right thinking has nothing to do with salvation. (p60)

Our minds are not born again with the New Birth experience - they have to be renewed (see Romans 12:2)

Keep your mind on God and not the problem. (Psalm 143:3-10)

"If" and "but" are two of the most deceptive words that Satan ever plants in our minds. (p230)

...as long as he refused to face truth, he could not truly repent. And as long as he could not truly repent, God could not forgive him. (p231)

Our actions are a direct result of our thoughts. (p3)

So, our weapons are the Word used in various ways. We can pray the Word, speak the Word, sing the Word, and study the Word...We need spirit weapons because we are fighting master spirits, yes, even the devil himself. (p12)

...we will get from the Word of God what we put into it. (p55) ( )
  pjburnswriter | Aug 15, 2020 |
I guess I’ll start by saying that I’m not going to sink Meyer’s ship because it’s not academic. It’s not “The Imitation of Christ”, but it’s no less academic than the old gold is, just more worldly. But Christians (and classical music fans) being what they are, I should probably qualify any “not a classic” type criticism. For one thing, Meyer, although not super-young, is here near to the beginning of her career, and much of what I find most irritating in this book is probably the result of her, a woman, trying to get taken seriously a quarter of a century ago, two years before the first “Harry Potter” book, (for example), upon which the name “Joanne” Rowling does not appear, but rather “J.K.”, as though little time indeed has elapsed since the days of George Eliot. And again, as I said, “The Imitation of Christ” is largely an exercise in ignoring the curious-yet-not-improving, so I’m not penalizing her for relying mostly on Bibles and dictionaries, or, Bibles, dictionaries and stereotypes, but I digress.

Yet I imply a dissent. What is it? Well, Joyce Meyer, aside from being a woman, is essentially an older, less-physically-attractive Joel Osteen. Perhaps that needs to be unpacked.

Largely, the prosperity gospel is, although not necessary liberal, (it might seem liberal, but only to conservatives), contemporary American Christianity, with the emphasis on “contemporary American”. As a group, Americans have a lot of money, and they enjoy having it, to the extent that they *feel* they have any at all, and they want to have more. Americans now-a-days, (including most conservatives), want to be rewarded, so I suppose it’s only natural that American Christians want to be rewarded for believing in God.

Job, just move to New York, and you will be rewarded!

I laugh, but some of it is okay. I suppose the most sympathetic thing that she says is that you shouldn’t complain.

Plenty of prosperity-Christians do complain, though, about all sorts of things, and especially the ones that think that Joel Osteen gets up too early in the morning with too bright a smile on his face, even if they themselves actually say largely the same things.

So, I’ll go back to prosperity itself. Does God want me to, “be happy”, presumably “a la américaine”? (“White New York passed by like a movie set.” Malcolm X.) Or does God want me to dust off my copy of “The Imitation of Christ”, regardless of whether or not I become a Roman Catholic, learn Latin, appreciate Bach.... or, win the lottery?

What’s happiness? Getting a good job or some other reliable source of income and, therefore, prestige, so I can meet a nice girl, have her tell me wonderful things, buy a nice house in a nice neighborhood, and have great kids who will have great lives that they’ll owe to me, as they grow up singing the latest Top 40 pop riff on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”.

Though, of course, the obvious—is it obvious?— thing about all of these things is that they are expressions of *status*. (Even if you have to lie to say it, you’ll find yourself saying, “I don’t eat sugar, buddy.”) Even going to school is status, and school is theoretically about learning how to be of service, whether by learning how to predict the weather, or how not to be a racist, or whatever. But clearly, if I want a better job, better girlfriend, and better children, I want status. Clearly, if I have a job, and am married with children, but my little world no longer holds me up to be an idol, but, ah, something else, I no longer “am happy”.

(Joyce Meyer isn’t quite as corrupt, in fact, she’s less corrupt along these lines, but she’s in the same ballpark.)

.... Now, clearly, most people never become Trappist monks; they don’t even become vegans. They enjoy themselves. (When the demons are quiet, which is never. But the aim of their lives is to enjoy themselves. They consume.) And if you are already gainfully employed, with spouse and children, you should almost certainly see to your duties, unless something remarkably wrong is happening, has happened, or is simmering.

But if you are young and unattached, if for some reason you happen to have a meaningful choice about something, (which is not usually too frequently, for anyone), see to what duties you have, and unless the life of “love”—reward—presents itself to you, do not assume that God *will* reward you, here and now, at least, and this much and in this way, (and in blue, for 30% off, please), just because you complain less than the YouTube comments section or Twitter (if that much is even true).

And, in the name of all things holy, I advise you, do not assume that you can ever prosperity-yourself out of the reach of temptation, no matter how much you think that you love God, no matter what you read, write, pray, say, do, or think, because—“The Imitation of Christ”!— while we are on earth, we are never far away from temptation.

“Well, I just don’t want to complain.”

Good. See that you do not.

“And maybe if I don’t....”

It is sufficient, if you do not.

*shrugs* Of course, (full circle?), she probably thinks I’m too passive, every bit as much as I think that she’s too conventional. And calling out passivity, that’s fine, except that people think that extroversion is all they need, and hearing everyone say that, they repeat what they hear.
  goosecap | Jun 18, 2020 |
This book can change your life. ( )
  NAgis | May 6, 2020 |
It took me a few chapters to get into this book. I am not a fan of Joyce Meyer, and at first the book seemed a bit academic and wordy. But by the third chapter either the author changed her tone or I felt more comfortable with her style, but in any case the rest of the book was surprisingly helpful. I have actually recommended it to a few people. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 27, 2019 |
Preocupación,duda,confusión,depresión y sentimientos de condenación: todos ellos son ataques a la mente.
Ahora tú puedes:
- Lograr control sobre tu mente y encontrar libertad y paz.
- Reconocer pensamientos dañinos y no permitir que influencien tu vida.
- Ser paciente contigo mismo aunque cometas errores.
- Armarte con la Palabra de Dios, la alabanza, la oración y otras potentes armas espirituales.
- Seguir la luz para salir de tu " desierto" mental- las malas actitudes y excusas que las personas utilizan y que les mantienen lejos de Dios y encontrar una felicidad y satisfacción que nunca soñaste.
  Jorgeprado | Mar 1, 2019 |
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I would like to dedicate Battlefield of the Mind to my oldest son, David. I know your personality is enough like mine that you have had your share of struggles in the mental realm. I see you growing continually, and I know that you are experiencing the victories that come from the renewal of the mind. I love you, David, and I am proud of you. Keep pressing on!

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