Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

by Joyce Meyer

Paperback, 2002

Status

Available

Description

Explains how people can change their lives by changing the way they think, revealing the impact negative emotions have on mental and physical health and providing strategies to help overcome feelings of anger, worry, doubt, and depression.

Publication

Warner Faith (2002), Edition: Revised, 281 pages

Rating

(199 ratings; 4.1)

User reviews

LibraryThing member TexasTam
This book was a great read about how Satan uses to influence your thoughts and feelings to keep you bound by strongholds. Every Christian should read this book.
LibraryThing member aramisTdawg
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer shows us how our mind can actually be a battlefield where our thoughts can be our enemy. She shows us through scripture how to overcome the negative thoughts and that we need to turn our minds back over to God.
LibraryThing member historiana
Before I get into the wonderful aspects of this book, I will elaborate on why I gave it four stars: flow and organization. The beginning chapters seem to hop and skip around a bit with little cohesion....which makes the material a little hard to digest. BUT Keep with it!! The book is an overall
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great read! Once you move past the first few chapters, the flow gets into a groove and the material makes a lot more sense.
I disagree with one of the reviewers that stated this was not instructional but devotional. Simply based on the fact that since we must be a "doer" of the word and not a hearer only, there is so much scripture in here in application context that one cannot help but view this as instructional as well as devotional. Also includes some humerous and heartfelt experiences to make the reading enjoyable without being depressing...it is a great self help read...anyone can improve their thinking by reading this one more than once and putting the scriptural principles into practice.
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LibraryThing member nmhale
I really needed this book. After the birth of my first child, I suffered from severe post partum depression, and a spiritual element was clearly involved. A close friend of mine loaned me this book, and I couldn't believe what I was reading. Nearly every chapter applied to me, in one way or
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another. The purpose of this book is very pointed: to help Christians (well, all people, but the concepts in the book are based on Christian principles and beliefs) reclaim their minds from all the lies, attacks, and insecurities that clutter it. The book begins with an introduction to why the mind is so important, what kinds of attacks we are subjected to from the world around us and from the enemy, what problems we ourselves cultivate, and why God wants us to reclaim our minds. The next section focuses on common mindsets, and ends with the mind of Jesus. The final section explores ten "wilderness mentalities" which keep us from progressing to the mind of Jesus.

My rating of this book is highly subjective and personal, I freely admit. So many of the verses and ideas in this book were healing for me. God did need to reclaim my mind, it was a clear battlefield, and this book aided in my recuperation. Other factors were definitely at play, but this book was a huge help, even if it was extremely convicting. In fact, I was so pleased with Meyer's God-inspired wisdom that I bought the book to have a copy on hand, should I ever need it again.
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LibraryThing member harpua
If you're honest with yourself, everyone has negative thoughts that come into their minds everyday. Most are minor and seemingly normal thoughts, but often times, these thoughts can take over a person's thinking and change their behavior. You truly do act how you think. This is what this book is
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about. Joyce uses Biblical principles to explain and hopefully help you fix the negative thoughts and their inevitable outcome. These principles help us to gain control over your mind and find freedom and peace. This book has really helped me understand and recognize these thoughts and gives me strategies to stop them from influencing my life.
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LibraryThing member SABC
If you are suffering from worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger or condemnation, you are experiencing an attack in your mind. Find out how to recognize damaging thought patterns and stop them form influencing your life.
LibraryThing member endersreads
A drawing point for me to this book was that chess pieces were on the front cover. I find it odd that someone chose to have the white king submitted, while the black king stands victorious over him. What is this symbolic of? Before I get lost in this, I'll move on.

Joyce Meyer is either loved or
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hated, as are many TV evangelists - there are not many inbetweens. I guess I fall inbetween.

This book is very simply written. It is double-spaced and comes in at 278 pages. The bibliography consists of the "Random House Unabridged Dictionary", "Strong's The New Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible", "Vine's An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words", and "Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary". "Battle Field of the Mind" has sold over 2 million copies. People are essentially simple-minded. Isaac Asimov stated that his objective in writing, was to write as simply as possible, being as clear as possible. Well done then, Joyce, good and faithful servant.

The contents of "Battle Field of the Mind" are broken into three parts: "The Importance of the Mind", "Conditions of the Mind", and "Wilderness Mentalities".

The main message found here is to "think about what you are thinking about". Various scriptures taken from the Amplified Bible, as well as King James, are spread throughout the book, validating Meyer's teachings on the mind.

Though I was not impressed with Joyce's writing style, I appreciated her insights, and her knowledge of the Bible. Certainly, there are things here to think about, and think deeply about.

Confessing not only covers our sin, but also helps us to recognize and analyze where it is that we are habitually falling into sin. Socrates tells us "A life unexamined is not worth living." The writer of Proverbs tells us "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." By examining our thinking, our minds, we are better able to examine our lives. As Joyce states more than once: "The mind is the battlefield."

All was well with Joyce and I until I came to chapter 10, within which she argues that reason is an abnormal way of thinking, and that reason leads to confusion. I believe she takes Matthew 16.8, James 1:22, Proverbs 3:5, and 1 Corinthians 2:1,2 completely out of context. Paul said he resolved to know nothing among us except Jesus Christ. Without reason, we could not recognize Paul as being paradoxical - he is truly one of the most logical and intellectual writers in the bible! Joyce's book here was written using reason, which, in the image of God, we were gifted with (granted she used a smaller portion of reason in her writing than say, Charles Spurgeon). So, this chapter, in my opinion, needs to be completely trashed and rewritten. Reason is not abnormal thinking. It is a wonderful tool without which we would only have religion.

Myer Pearlman states that "theology literally means 'a treatise or reasoned discourse about God'. Theology, or doctrine, may be described as a science which deals with our knowledge of God and His relations to man. We call theology a science because science is the systematic and logical arrangement of certified facts. Theology consists of facts relating to God and Divine things, presented in an orderly and logical manner.

Religion comes from a Latin word meaning 'to bind'; religion represents those activities which bind man to God in a certain relationship. Theology is knowledge about God. Thus religion is practice, while theology is knowledge. Religion and theology should go together in the balanced experience; but in practice they are sometimes separated so that one may be a theologian without being truly religious and on the other hand one may be truly religious without possessing a systematic knowledge of doctrinal truth. 'If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them," is God's message to the theologian. 'Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth' (2 Tim. 2:15), is God's message for the spiritual man."

Is that not brilliant? Bravo!, Mr. Pearlman, Bravo!

Joyce Meyer, we do not need to fear reason - it will not lead to atheism, unless applied in earnest to atheism (which should then, if the logician is honest, in the very least, lead the atheist to agnosticism).

We are to apply our Godly ratiocination to his Word. I don't know how Joyce reasoned herself into such an unreasonable reasoning of reason. I don't think it's just her. I think that the Body of Christ is terrified of logic, and sees it as cold and terrible. This is why they are called "religious folk".

After Chapter 10 of "Battle Field of the Mind" I truly began to appreciate the depth of Meyer, which at first appearance, to me, seemed shallow. This is the beauty of the book - and the same beauty can be found in the gospel. It seemed to me too, that by the end of the book, Joyce's vocabulary was expanding, and her prose growing sharper (I realize that she has written over 70 published books).

There is a lot of information covered in the book that I'd like to get into. Reading it once seems a shame, therefore, in this case, unlike the cases of many other books, a workbook would be preferable—I'll be keeping my eye out for one.

Joyce points out many historical facts of the bible, including that it was an 11-day journey the Jews had to cross over into the promised land - God kept them in the wilderness for 40 years; in turn, her "Wilderness Mentalities" section was quite insightful. I think her favorite word at the time of writing this was "exhortative" — she used it much. I too enjoyed the little tales of trials in her personal life, and the wisdom she gleaned from them. I hear she is writing fiction now - which I'd be interested in reading.

I might point out another oddity in the book, which I found highly entertaining. In Chapter 15, under "Meditate and Be Healed", Joyce states that:

"My appearance has been changed during the past 18 years. People tell me that I actually look at least 15 years younger today than I did when I first began to diligently study the Word and make it the central focus of my entire life."

It is quite common knowledge now that Joyce Meyer has gone under the knife (I thought she was hotter before, as a friend told me I was the type that would always choose the before pictures on those infomercials, and he's right)...
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LibraryThing member ooniyide
Even if religious perspective is not your deal there are loads and loads of wisdom in this book. It was simple to read and very fast. I'd recommend it because it did help me be more aware of my thoughts and the downward spirals of negativity that are so easy to drift into. I did not believe the
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phrase "Happiness is a choice" before but I know it to be true now.

Battlefield of The Mind also reminded me that common sense perhaps is not so common, especially in a stressed life. This is common sense with a Christian face that heals the universal soul.
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LibraryThing member MaryAnn12
This particular book challenges you to take a good look at yourself and how you think, as well as it is a good tool to use with any ministy teaching venue. Even though these are Joyce Meyers own personal experiences, many of us I am sure have had to deal with or are dealing with some of the same
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issues that are addressed.
Thought provoking book, would recommend it to everyone, I am using it in my women's book group and it has generated alot of conversations, opinions and possible paths to finding solutions for the women in this group.
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LibraryThing member ClareHatt
A brilliant book written by an inspirational woman, leader and teacher.

A lot of the issues we are challenged with, or fight against, are not battles with other people so much as battles in our own minds - in the way we think about things, which then affects how we feel about things and ultimately
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how we respond to circumstances.

Our thought-life does not have to control us.

GIGO - Garbage In, Garbage Out.

We can all control our thought-life and how we react to circumstances. "For as a man/woman thinks in his/her heart, so does he/she become."
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LibraryThing member hopefully86
What I learned from this book was to seriously consider about my thoughts and thought process. This is a non-fiction work about obedience and finding out how that really works. It is so uplifting to see God's bigger plan at work, which is something often hard to notice in our own lives. You can
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read this multiple times and still find new nuggets of wisdom...and application! Joyce Meyers is a favorite because you can see by the fruit of her works that she lives what she writes. Bad trees cannot produce good fruit.
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LibraryThing member longhorndaniel
rarely does the parts individually equal or surpass the whole but in this case they do;; wonderful insight in each and every chapter and should be taken piece by piece if able
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