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Have you ever struggled with negative thinking and felt like you were unable to change that pattern of behavior? It is easy to become consumed with negative thoughts. The more we focus on them, the more the cycle continues. Miles’s latest strives to help the reader break that cycle by taking the thoughts captive and turning them over to Jesus. The key is to focus on Jesus’ truths instead of what the enemy is telling you. Two powerful tools are required: God’s Word and prayer.
Miles’s book shows practical ways to deal with negative emotions. There are numerous stories, by the author as well as other women, which are likely to be very relatable to the reader.
I really enjoyed how Miles discussed crushing ANTs — automatic negative thoughts. The process for doing so is to notice the negative thoughts, reject the negative thoughts, and replace the negative thoughts. She gives examples on doing this, as well.
Each chapter ends with a section on mind-transforming reflections (which summarize key points from the chapter), mind-renewing memory verses, and a chapter challenge. The author encourages the reader to use a journal along with the readings for deeper reflection. This book would be a great addition to small group use, as well.
Some of my favorite takeaway verses include:
· “When negative thoughts are controlling us, there is hope. When we learn to change the way we think, we can change the way we feel.”
· “We can’t always control how we feel, but we can always take authority over our own minds and change the way we think, which then changes the way we view and experience life overall.”
· “We always have the power within us to choose how we think about our circumstances and our lives overall, despite what’s going on.”
· “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.”
· “Negative thinking is nothing more than a bad habit, and bad habits are meant to be broken.”
· “Remember, being positive is a daily choice, not a destination.”
· “Life is not always as we think it should be, but it is always as God planned it to be.”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the LitFuse blogger program. I was not required to give a positive review.