Just received the book last week. I read a couple of chapters. I had to put it down. It is a book that once you start you don't really want to. I had other things to do...like sleep. Im so glad she wrote this book. Now I don't feel like Im the only one that seems like I cant get it together for the Lord. It helps to understand more of what those 'voices' are. I don't have to keep looking over my shoulder.....'that their coming to take me away.. ha ha hee hee' '
I bought this book because of the title, I knew I had problems with my self-talk; but I never expected the eye-popper I got after just three chapters!
The above review summary is a good beware or caution in that the reader should be prepared to have their eyes opened to all the negative, destruction self-talk one experiences in their daily routine especially if they are not disciplined in checking it. Most people are not disciplined enough. This book is a awake up call.
The author writes to women; men, it will pay us to purchase a copy of this valuable resource/tool as well.
This book is very well-written and an easy read. There are appendixes in the back for further related Bible study or for journal purposes. The book title summarizes well what the author is trying to get across to the reader: that we often deceive ourselves with negative self-talk and that God has a higher calling for us, to be used by Him and to become the best we can be for Christ.
I never would have thought that someone could write a whole book about self talk. But Shelly Beach has done it! And wow! Is it ever a powerful book. I highly recommend her book. Here are some of her amazing ideas. She writes powerfully and effectively how we can stop and listen to our thoughts because they could be turning us away from the Lord."...one surprising element of Eve's interaction with the serpent is that he never urged her to do anything. He simply asked her to think. With a carefully nuanced phrase or two, the serpent set Eve's self-talk in motion." (pg 31)"In our woundedness, we often strip others of their rightful place at the foot of the cross beside us. But in our woundedness we must be ruthless in examining our motives and self-talk." (pg 122)"As the weeks passed, God began to answer that prayer. He showed me I could begin to understand my motives if I would take the time to stop, look, and listen to myself before, as, and after I spoke and acted." (pg. 136)"I cannot be changed until I first understand how desperately I need to be changed." (pg 143)"Whispers of entitlement call to us a hundred times a day--telling us we have a right to rage, to indulge in pride, to gorge on resentment, to criticize and complain, to shove our way to the front of the line...At times one eye is barely opened before I have to begin the work of asking, Where did this lousy attitude come from? What am I telling myself I'm entitled to, and is what I believe really the truth? Am I depending on God or relying on people to come through for me instead? On bad days, when I've thought about giving in and giving up, I've thought about wearing a sign around my neck: Warning: Child of God Under Construction--Slow Learner." (pgs 144-145).These were some of my favorite quotes but the book is filled with practical, significant, and Biblical ways for us to "take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).I highly recommend her book.
This book was one of the most profoundly effective life-changing personal journeys Ive read to date. Simple truths of Gods word combined with personal revelation that anyone can relate to makes each chapter a gate to mental and emotional freedom through an increasing intimacy with God.In addition to personal discovery the evidences of self-talk reveal motive and action of Biblical Characters from Genesis to Revelation and cannot help but enhance ones understanding of Gods Word and how to avoid the subtlety of the enemys attempts to destroy our faith from within.The end of each chapter has suggested scriptures for prayer and questions for meditation and personal application, and a closing prayer. The back of the book has 10 sections of assessment tools, evaluations, outlines, guides and summaries. It is an excellent resource to accompany the chapter readings, for use in self-study or lay-counseling to assist in moving head-knowledge to heart knowledge and then to godly action.I will be sharing this book with our pastor and with family and friends. It will find a place on my counseling shelf with books by others who have had a deep walk with God and a willingness to share their own pain for the benefit of others Chambers, Bunyan, Piper, Lewis et al.Highly recommended for personal use, counseling, and speakers or writers who wish to understand characters of history or current times. Every thinking person should read this book.