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Number of Pages: 196
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
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We speak to ourselves at a rate of 1,300 words per minute, making constant assessments and judgments often filtered through sinful and selfish agendas. Women acknowledge that they are particularly vulnerable to this temptation and dangers of self-talk as they compare and judge themselves against others.
The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk provides a readable narrative and practical tools that help readers surface the inner conflicts that churn below the waterline of their awareness. These dialogues can make them blind to the Scriptural truth that the vision they hold of themselves and the reality of their walk in Christ are often polar opposites. Shelley explores real-life examples and includes tools to assist in the spiritual disciplines of self-assessment, repentance, commitment, and transformation.
PJ Martin5 Stars Out Of 5Yes...At Last!!November 30, 2016PJ MartinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk by an author/friend Shelly Jean Beach is one of those books that I read and re-read and read again and pick up and read the underlined parts again. And now....yes, I am reading it again. I love the way she lays it out to begin with...honestly, openly, all on the table. She calls us to be honest with ourselves through the Soul Search section at the end of each chapter...questions to think about, talk about, write about. She has another section at the end of each chapter called Facing the Seduction and this is devoted to Scriptures to read and ways to pray and exercises in how to listen to the Spirit and the Word. Lastly, is the section called Responding from the Heart, which is a prayer to the Lord. Oh, and how I love the appendixes!! Usually I just skip the appendixes, but not in this book. These are more helpful, interactive, exercises to help really open up what you are telling yourself.
One example of questions asked in the first chapter: What "bricks" can you identify in your wall of spiritual need? What attitudes, thoughts, sins, habits do you struggle to hide, even from yourself? What conversations do you have with yourself to justify or rationalize your actions?
The part that reads "struggle to hide even from yourself" hit me hardest. There are parts that I struggle to hide from myself. I just go on and pretend there is no struggle, no problem, no sin...but as I have found out how much He loves me, I know I can trust God completely with who I am. I do not have to "perform" for Him. He knows me. And when I am struggling, He knows it. So I just pray...and tell Him honestly what is going on...and then I wait until He gives me a way to deal with it, or I go on but honestly seeing it and living differently because of it.
Sharing the prayer at the end of the first chapter because it is so real...
"Gracious and loving Father, i come to You admitting that I'm facing a wall of need. I know that more than anything, You want to have a closer and deeper relationship with me, and today I'm taking a first step toward You by asking You to change me from the inside out. Thank You for loving me as I am but for not leaving me in my brokenness.
"Please help me see the ugly parts of myself I've worked so hard to hide with self-talk. Show me who You created me to be, fully empowering me through Your Holy Spirit to become that person. Show me the roots of my self-deceptions, whether big or small. Help me listen to the conversations I carry on with myself, knowing they're a mirror to my heart, a key to my motives, and the source of my commitment to live out the double love command to passionately love You and others.
"Thank You for grace and for the gift of Your love as I turn towards You in humble obedience. More than anything, Lord, I want to have a heart that loves You more. Amen"
Shelly Beach writes books from her heart and from listening to the Lord. She is blessed with wisdom that she has been given by the Lord to share with others, and I am thankful for that
AuntieAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5October 4, 2013AuntieAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just 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' '
John RJohnstown PAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5BEWARENovember 3, 2011John RJohnstown PAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
MarieAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Well-writtenFebruary 4, 2011MarieAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
Kathy Collard Miller5 Stars Out Of 5August 25, 2010Kathy Collard MillerI 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.
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Q: Is this a good book to use for a Women's Bible Sudy?
This book is designed as a reading book. However, you could adapt the material in the apendixes to use in a group study.