I have a choice! Yes, I do and so do you. I DO NOT have to believe the anxious, negative thoughts that the enemy uses as his weapons. The thoughts he uses to distract me from the purpose I was made for. Jennie Allen contends that the biggest battle this generation has is being fought right now, right between our ears. The one being fought daily in our own minds. The one where the enemy is using our own thoughts to continue the negative, toxic spiral to distract us from living out the purpose God has for our lives.
Honestly, I knew I needed this book, as soon as I saw the title. I’ve read books and studies written by Jennie before, her writing is accessible and easy to read. I figured I’d start reading and not be able to put the book down, as I’ve experienced with other books written by her. Boy, that was not the case for me! I struggled to read this book. I mean I truly struggled! I read the ARC I received in exchange for my honest opinion. It took me much longer to read than reading a book of this length normally would, because I just had to stop reading so frequently.
Almost every page hit me hard! I’d read a page or two and have to stop, not because the writing was awful or “un-readable”. No, I had to put the book down because . EVERY . SINGLE . WORD . CONVICTED . ME! They slew me! It was as though God was speaking directly into my heart and mind through each word and I just could not handle hearing these truths spoken to me so clearly and directly!
I had pre-ordered the Audio version, which released the same day I am writing this review. I was so struck by all the truths hitting me, I just had to re-read the audio version today, before I could write this review. Again, I was convicted by every word spoken.
I have struggled my whole life with anxiety and depression. I’m the kind of person that is “in my head” a lot if you know what I mean. Anyway, until reading and re-reading this book, I just didn’t realize just how powerful my thought life is. Jennie shares scriptures which backed up by science are irrefutable proof that we don’t have to be the victim of our toxic thoughts. We have the ability to fight and change these grooves in our brains. She gives instructions on how to apply these scriptures to our own battlefronts to help us win this battle.
This is one of those self-help books I’ll be reaching for again and again. I know without a doubt that I will return to these instructions to help me continue to fight this battle going on in my mind. I understand there is a Bible study to go along with this book, coming out in March. I’ll be pre-ordering this for sure, in the hopes of continuing to apply the concepts I’ve learned in this book.
I received this book free from the author through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.