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The Battle for the Mind : A Subtle Warfare Paperback – August, 1980

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company; Trade paperback edition (August 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800750438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800750435
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Tim LaHaye (, who conceived the idea of fictionalizing an account of the Rapture and the Tribulation, is a noted author, minister, and nationally recognized speaker on Bible prophecy. He is the founder of both Tim LaHaye Ministries and The PreTrib Research Center. He also recently cofounded the Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy at Liberty University. Presently Dr. LaHaye speaks at many Bible prophecy conferences in the U.S. and Canada, where his current prophecy books are very popular.

Dr. LaHaye holds a doctor of ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary and a doctor of literature degree from Liberty University. For 25 years he pastored one of the nation's outstanding churches in San Diego, which grew to three locations. It was during that time that he founded two accredited Christian high schools, a Christian school system of ten schools, and San Diego Christian College (formerly known as Christian Heritage College).

Dr. LaHaye has written over 50 non-fiction books and co-authored 25 fiction books, many of which have been translated into 34 languages. He has written books on a wide variety of subjects, such as family life, temperaments, and Bible prophecy. His most popular fiction works, the Left Behind series, written with Jerry B. Jenkins, continue to appear on the best-seller lists of the Christian Booksellers Association, "Publishers Weekly," the "Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," and the "New York Times."

Another popular series by LaHaye and Jenkins is The Jesus Chronicles. This four-book fiction series gives readers a rich first century experience as John, Mark, Luke, and Matthew recount thrilling accounts of the life of Jesus. Dr. LaHaye is co-author of another fiction series, Babylon Rising. Each of the four titles in this series have debuted in the top 10 on the New York Times best seller list. These are suspense thrillers with thought-provoking messages.

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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "homernet" on January 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having been raised by an extreamist feminist, I recognized many of the accusations made by LaHaye in this book as being genuinely part of the feminist/humanist agenda. Even had I not become a follower of Christ, I would have recognized every statement as being true. What was most eye-opening for me was how accurate the author was in his predictions. He makes many statements about how "20 years from now..." that, having read this book in 2002, 20 years after the initial publishing, I could see how accurate he was.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Script Post on March 23, 2014
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It was heartbreaking to read the negative reviews some have given this book. I read it a long time ago and would give anything if I had read it sooner. It contains vital information I lacked during my late teens that I needed. (I'm in the market now for more copies of the book to give to young relatives.)

Though the book was written back in the 80s, ergo some of the stats aren't current, it's information is timeless. We are all injected into a world that sends such conflicting information, and yet we have a natural tendency to try to make some sense of it all. This book introduces a framework for sorting through information. It also covers aspects about the mind that everyone should have a basic understanding of because indeed there are forces that are battling for control of us.
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14 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. C Tolleson on April 26, 2006
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Mostly interesting because 25 years after the book dominated the evangelical attack on humanism in public education, the language and paranoia are still fodder for the movement.

Obviously, fundicons will love this book and liberal intelligensia will hate it. I'm neither. As a Christian who does not identify as religious right, I personally found the book's checklist of political issues absolutely maddening. I don't think there's an inherently "Christian" way to view nuclear power or balanced budget legislation, and it galls me that someone purports to claim that there is.

The reaction to this book will be so tied to the politics of the reader that objectively reviewing it is impossible.
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16 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jason Mierek on February 22, 2007
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Timothy LaHaye, best known as co-author and idea man for the Left Behind series, vomited up this work back in 1980 just in time for "morning in America." In it, he pits "God's wisdom" against "man's wisdom," and in the time-honored tradition of ideologues of every stripe, proceeds to define the former as everything he values and the latter as everything he derides. This isn't the place for a full rebuttal of this book (and that this book even needs rebutting bespeaks the current anti-intellectual state of the nation), but suffice it to say that LaHaye manages to be breathtakingly wrong-headed 100% of the time. To add insult to injury, his writing is juvenile, impressive only to those who recently graduated from his alma mater, Bob Jones University.

For LaHaye, following "God's wisdom" does not simply mean regarding the King James translation of the Bible as absolutely inerrant in all matters. It turns out that God is also the mind behind such wisdom as free market capitalism and American patriotism. The Bible, and Judaeo-Christian morality (as LaHaye defines it, of course), are the "intellectual base[s] for a morally sane society" (p. 49), an assertion that would certainly surprise ethical adherents of religions other than Judaism and Christianity. LaHaye even goes so far as to equate God's wisdom/Christianity with "science," albeit apparently not the same science that has its origins in reason and empiricism.

In opposition to "God's wisdom" is the wisdom of man, which LaHaye equates with humanism. But "humanism" for him does not simply mean the "broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities" (source: Wikipedia article on "humanism").
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Jones on August 1, 2009
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I realize there are a lot of unpopular ideas put forth by Tim in his book but I have found more truth then fiction in his book. It's a shame that many so-called Christians continue to delude themselves that man-kind is somehow wise enough to better determine what is needed vs God. Absolutely False! Countries that have abandoned God's precepts are neither good nor noble. Tim correctly points out that Humanism appeals to those who delude themselves into believing that we are capable of determining what is moral and what isn't! History proves that to be one great big lie but that has done little to silence this ungodly trend. He also points out that a lot of the concepts that far-left liberals embrace have been indoctrinated into them by far-left zealot college professors. This also has been proven true but that of course doesn't stop the far left from denying this reality. I don't agree with everything in his book but he has enough basic truths present in his book that anyone wishing to truly understand the vile humanist movement should read this book. Of course humanist deny that they are trying to control those "they" deem less enlightened then themselves but what would you expect from this group. While on the surface they appear to only have their fellow human-beings "best interest" at heart but even if they did the ungodly and irresponsible way they go about it is contrary to everything that God has taught us. Not all atheist are humanist but all humanist are atheist! Since when did those who deny the existence of God know better how one should live ones life better then God! And shame on all of the ignorant persons who think that they live any sort of life they want and still be considered a Christian.Read more ›
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