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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Csm edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Change your life--one thought at a time.

Every day, you carry on an inner dialogue with yourself. You're not crazy--you're human. We all talk to ourselves, and this self-talk can determine whether we feel happy and successful about the state of our lives. Too often what we tell ourselves is negative. We point out where we've failed, focusing on our problems rather than keeping our thoughts centered on the positive.

Now bestselling author and therapist H. Norman Wright shows you how to free yourself from negative patterns of self-talk that are holding you back. Biblically based and full of practical, proven strategies, A Better Way to Think helps you harness the positive and creative power of your thought life so you can experience lasting freedom from negativity.

H. Norman Wright is a bestselling author, a certified trauma specialist, and a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist. He lives in California.

About the Author

H. Norman Wright is a best selling author, a certified trauma specialist, and a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist. He lives in California.

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H. Norman Wright is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and he has taught in the Grad. Department of Biola University. He was former director of the Graduate Department of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at Biola University, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology. He was also Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Graduate Department of Christian Education at the Talbot School of Theology. At the present time he is Research Professor of Christian Education at this same institution. He was in private practice for over thirty years.

Dr. Wright is a graduate of Westmont College, Fuller Theological Seminary (M.R.E.), Pepperdine University (M.A.). He has received two honorary doctorates, D.D. and D.LIT, from the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Biola University respectively.

He is the author of over seventy books including Experiencing Grief, The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Recovering From the Losses of Life, Quiet Times for Couples, and Before You Say I Do. Dr. Wright has pioneered Premarital Counseling programs throughout the country. He conducts seminars on Parenting, Recovering from the Losses of Life, Trauma and Crisis Counseling, and Marriage Enrichment.
His current focus is in grief and trauma counseling and critical incident debriefings. Part of his work is developing curriculum in loss, crisis and trauma as well as community wide Grief Recovery seminars. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Certified Traumatologist.

He and his wife Joyce were married for forty-eight years and he lives in Bakersfield, California. His hobbies include bass fishing, gardening and training his Golden Retrievers, Shadow and Aspen, as therapy response dogs.

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Should be required reading in Jr. High and High School!
Wendy Stevens
The author gives clear examples, Scriptural principles and ways to think, along with very practical exercises on how to begin changing our thinking.
Gary Schauf
Also for anyone experiencing depression, this book can help start the rethinking necessary to live a healthy happy life.
Karen Miller

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher W. Bailey on November 30, 2011
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I have read several books on the mind and thoughts believing it to be an often overlooked aspect in a Christian glorifying God. These books include:

The Mind of Christ (Hunt)
Every Thought Captive (Clark)
You Are What You Think (Stoop)
Battlefield of the Mind (Meyer)
The Power of Positive Thinking (Peale)

I believe this book is fairly helpful in the process of renewing one's mind (although I am not quite ready to rush out and buy a copy for all of my friends). Wright does not have a "quick fix" approach but views the process as a long-term one that requires practice, effort and the cultivation of good habits. He writes with a hopeful attitude that change and improvement will occur when these factors are in place.

There are many Scriptures quoted and referenced throughout. I felt the contents to be quite biblically-based. I did not pick up on any practices stemming from Buddhism, New Age thought, or psychology that would seem questionable for a Christian. Nor is there any teaching along the lines of "if you think it, you can make the sun cease to shine."

Tip: read this book proactively. This is not a book to sit down and read cover to cover and expect change (the author would agree). One complaint regards the exercises and practices in the book. I think it would be helpful if there was an accompanying workbook. The exercises and questions are embedded in the chapters amidst text and my guess is that many readers will skip over or neglect most of these. There needs to be some sort of action plan accompanying the book in which exercises are clearly laid out and goals are set for completion. Currently, the reader is left to develop this plan on his or her own.

Be blessed in the renewal of your mind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Caraotta TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 22, 2013
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I found this book to be an excellent resource for counselors and individuals seeking remedies to combat negative thinking. It's sad but true that our thought life is responsible for a lot of diseases that occur in the body and how our brain chemistry gets altered making us prone to depression and anxiety. Author H. Norman Wright has provided strategies and remedies we can incorporate in our thought life that can drastically change our outlook and over a period of time, change our life and relationships.

Because we are not always aware of the snares that hinder us, he has carefully provided examples we will identify with and Biblical solutions on how to better approach situations that we encounter. Other experts too share their solutions that have proven successful over the years. Although there is much more contained in this book, some of the topics I share with you are as follows:
- strategies to combat negative negative thinking
- remedies for marital difficulties
- methods that can break patterns of worry
- damage that can be caused by hot thoughts and/or all or nothing thinking
- characteracteristics God wants our minds to reflect on

If you have faced trauma in any way this will help you with strategies of coping and reprogramming your electrochemical response in your brain. The benefit of this book is also due to the author being a licensed marriage, family and child therapist as well as a certified trauma specialist. He is the author of more than eighty books well worth exploring. He also regularly conducts seminars while fulfilling his responsibilities as faculty of Talbot Graduate School of Theology.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Grubb on February 21, 2012
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This is an excellent book by Dr. Wright that is encouraging, and biblically sound, without throwing out the reality of brain chemistry and physiology. I am going to add this to our training curriculum for crisis and disaster response, for chaplains and workers to recommend to people they minister to. Combine this with John Lynch's "The Cure" and you have the internal reality and the external workings of solid thinking and powerful life change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2013
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"A mind filled with negative or toxic thoughts toward yourself and others will keep your life in turmoil." ~ H. Norman Wright

Self-talk can be dangerous if it is negative. Thoughts can lead you to suicide or they can help you make a million dollars. You can literally change your life if you think positive thoughts. Thoughts cause chemical reactions in your brain so by choosing your thoughts you chose to physically feel good or bad. In this book the author explains that 87% of illness is because of a negative thought life.

So if you are struggling with anxiety and depression there may be a way out if you choose to change your thinking patterns.

I found the first half of this book intensely interesting and the author presented a lot of helpful information. It was interesting to learn how the brain works in regards to emotions. There is also a special chapter on marriage which was pretty good.

The second half of the book did not seem quite as interesting to me so I read it faster. But the book was worth reading for the first half.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty on April 4, 2013
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I have red may of H. Norman Wright's books in the past.

This one caught my eye when i saw it.

It is interesting how your thoughts affect you in so many ways.
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