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Battlefield of the Mind

Friday, April 26, 2013

So I just shared this with two of my close Spark friends, but thought I would post it as this week's Depression battling tools. Maybe it will inspire you to pick up a new/old book.


Last night, I found a book my friend had given me years ago about battling depression and changing your thought processes called "Battlefield of the mind".

It is from a Christian writer and uses bible verses to get her points across. It uses the premise that most of our negative thoughts come from an ungodly source and that in order to have positive thoughts and good attitude, we need to follow God's plan for us. We need to expel these thought processes and use the Word to create new patterns and reshape our minds.

I never read it before cause I don't really like "self helpy" books and especially hate "Preachy Christian" books. I literally have had it for more than 5 years and have not thrown it away because my best friend gave it to me. But last night as I was looking for an inspirational book to read, I felt like I should read it. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me or maybe it was my desperation for change.

But in any case, I thought ok I have nothing else to lose. I am at an all time low right now and have been suffering from such negative daily thoughts about myself for months. Anything to help change these feelings is a welcome gift.

So I read the first 3 chapters last night. And although it was hard to keep my mind open to it, without feeling it was preachy or wanting to roll my eyes, I am happy to report that Today I actually feel like I am having less negative thoughts .

I really tried to reflect on the spirit of the message and reflect on the Bible verses it quoted.
So the next step is read it daily and work on re-establishing a daily prayer schedule too.

Once I finish this book I want to find other encouraging books to inspire and motivate me.

Will Keep you posted...


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZEN_WOMAN 5/7/2013 1:38PM

    It is week number two and I have slacked off for the past few days on my nightly reading goal but plan to get back on it tonight.

This week I want to work on being happy in the moment. I know I spend way too much time focused on my weight and it end ups hindering my everyday living.

I read an interesting story about this issue this morning and it resonated with me so much. The writer wrote how she cancelled hanging out with her friends or declined important assignments due to her weight. That is how I live my life and it is not living a full life.

So I want to learn how to change this script in my head so that I can start living a more fulfilled life and go to events without letting my body issues hinder them.

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ZEN_WOMAN 4/30/2013 4:51PM

    Thank you everyone for your support! I def. feel the love behind all your comments. I am still struggling with my depression but am hopeful that this daily reading and praying will help with my symptoms and get me to a much healthier mind set.


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KROLES55 4/29/2013 11:07AM

    Sounds like the author is Joyce Meyer. I haven't read the book but I know that she is an excellent speaker who has battled through depression. Glad to read that you had less negative thoughts after reading 3 chapters. Keep us posted.

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SEWISTLADY 4/27/2013 10:50AM

    I've got "Battlefield of the Mind" too and find it very helpful. My all time favorite book is "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale. It has helped me so much and I've recommended it to many people. Perhaps you would enjoy it when you finish this one.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/27/2013 1:48AM

    MJ, That is great that you took a chance on something you've put aside for so long and it's paying off for you. It sounds like the book will do good for you.

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LIS193 4/26/2013 8:41PM

    So happy for you that you picked up the book and that it is helping you!

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MABELL1WFTX 4/26/2013 6:34PM

    Most people do not understand true depression. As the commercial says, depression hurts and it is so very hard to fight and overcome. It is a daily battle. It is so hard to have a positive attitude and live a positive life when you are a victim of depression. But with good therapy and the right meds, it can be done. My connection with my God and His Hands on my shoulders and His involvement with my doc has brought me far. I depend on Him every day to lead me and guide me through my life. Thank goodness, all these elements are working in my favor and life is good. I would like to read this book. Could you share the title with me through SparkMail? Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

God Bless you and guide you daily

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HAPPYMENOW58 4/26/2013 5:39PM

    Thank you...Interesting....

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MARCIEMCGOWAN 4/26/2013 5:38PM

    Thank you for sharing your insightful review. I will have to read this book.

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