Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind Review

Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind


This book literally changed the way I think in the month I spent reading and applying it. I was in a very dark place after a breakup due to some bad decision making and this was exactly what I needed--someone to provide encouragement as well as a push. No excuses, your mind is just that, YOUR mind and it is your responsibility to change it if it is not meeting your needs or working to better your life. 

That being said, this is a book that should not be read straight through, but should be read slowly and reflected upon (I also journeyed through it). Joyce helps to equip the reader with the mind-altering power phrases and techniques necessary to bring anyone out of their funk--if they are willing to put in a little effort. 

Honestly, I think a lot of the negative reviews on this book come from people who were expecting a cure-all book that simply by reading it would cause everything to suddenly become peachy, but that isn't how life works now, is it? In order to get everything out if this book that you can I'd say there are a few steps to follow:
1. Open in prayer. Ask God to help you to get what you need from the message and to open your mind and heart to what he has to say to you through Joyce's words
2. Keep a journal. Write notes from the chapters and examples of how you are applying or struggling to apply things to your life
3. If you didn't understand or are struggling with applying the topics of a chapter, RE-READ IT! Keep at it until it clicks, both in understanding and in practice. 
4. Read it slowly, I'm talking 1-3 (absolutely no more than 3) chapters a day. And only go as fast as you can apply things. 
5. Close in prayer, thanking God for the enlightenment and for being there to help you through whatever it is your facing--in fact, thank him FOR what you're facing because when you come out on the other end you'll be a greater person than you were before.