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Escaping the Matrix: Setting Your Mind Free to Experience Real Life in Christ Paperback – April 1, 2005
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Like the characters in The Matrix movie trilogy, our minds can get hardwired to distortions that lie so deep within us that we aren't even aware of them. Whether it's habitual sin, thought patterns, damaged emotions, or even phobias, we all know of something that is holding us back.
In Escaping the Matrix pastor Gregory Boyd and clinical psychologist Al Larson bring together the biblical and neurological truths behind such struggles. Their practical examples and exercises will help you transform your thought processes to experience a deeper life in Christ. Are you prepared to escape the world's Matrix that controls you? Get ready to free your mind.
"Boyd and Larson brilliantly utilize the metaphors from the recent movie series The Matrix as a framework for the book. This a most enjoyable read."-Bobby G. Bodenhamer, D.Min.; pastor; author; cofounder, Institute of Neuro-Semantics
"This is a must read for Christians desiring to grow in their relationship with Christ and desiring to assist others in finding real life in Christ."-Stanley H. McCreary, Ph.D., professor of Christian counseling, Central Christian College of the Bible
"This work is well grounded in Scripture, current in the neuro-sciences, and practical for everyday living. It is a must read for every pastor, counselor, coach, teacher, and parent."-L. Michael Hall, Ph.D., author, The Matrix Model
"If the desire of your heart is to be all that God has created you to be, and to serve him with joy and gladness, then Escaping the Matrix is the book for you! Read it, apply it, and you will be free!"-Mike Davis, assistant pastor, By His Spirit Fellowship, Chino, California
About the Author
Al Larson is a national board certified counselor and the president and founder of Dynamics of Growth Inc., a counseling, consulting, and training organization. He lives in Oakdale, Minnesota.
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Personally, I don't agree with Boyd on a lot of issues (The Problem of Evil has yet to convince me of his psuedo-annihilationist views) but I think he does a good job of majoring on the Majors and minoring on the Minors.
Also, it should be known, for what it's worth, that the Matrix was actually first written by a deeply devoted Christian woman, who had the script plagiarized and bastardized (in my opinion) into what we saw at the Theaters. I think, honestly, that most of the Matrix purports a mostly Gnostic gospel, full of lies and myths. However, that is not to say a person using these timely cultural references to bring a message of love, healing, and restoration to people who would normally not pickup a Christian book is out of line.
I'm more worried about psychology that denies the need for appeal to a God or Holy Spirit than a book whose steps include asking for help from the Holy Spirit and dialoguing directly with Christ to see what He, you know, the Lord of Lords, would say about you. I commend Gregory Boyd for stepping out and taking on such a "hot" topic out of love and compassion for those hurting in this world.Read more ›
But what do I know . . .?
Memory, new studies are finding, changes and is re-written in our brains when we recall events, this discovery is leading to new research and new drugs that might help people with traumatic events in their lives.
How it works is like this: you recall a memory of being attacked by a dog when you were four years old with a therapist in conjunction with using these neuron blockers and the brain can no longer store the memory as traumatic (because, now, as an older logical person, you realize that not all dogs are bad and at the moment the memory is being written you are sitting comfortably in a chair with a therapist). Anyway, that's it in a nutshell.
So what am I saying in this edit? This stuff works, it does, I've prayed for people and seen it work, but not because Jesus was really "there" when you were a four year old being attacked by a dog, but because you create the memory fresh when you recall it, so while praying about the attack, you insert Jesus, he "loves you" and he "cared for you while you thought your face was going to be bitten off",,,,etc....Not that Jesus actually stopped the attack, but hey, he cared about it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Escaping the Matrix can be very helpful as a guide to KATAPHATIC prayer which is rich in Christian history as well as permeating the scripture. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gail
The subject matter of setting your mind free to experience real life in Christ is truth that I enjoy reading and studying, however it was a bit hard to follow for me.Published 9 months ago by Janet Ford
All it offers us is the truth nothing else!! It will open up your mind to see the real you that God created you to be the real You!!Published 10 months ago by Carlos Figueroa
Love this book and I loved the movie. Got so much great information out of this book. would recommend this book.Published 21 months ago by Rhuesel Cole
This is a great book if you are willing to take the time to do the homework. Not that there is a deadline for any of it because you go at your own pace, but you need to do the... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Jack
This is by far one of, if not the most transformational book I have ever read. Amazing, absolutely amazing. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Jon
Wow! That is really all I can say about this book. I'm definitely not an emotional person, but I found myself crying after practicing one of the exercises in the book. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by boehmcg