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You Are What You Think [Kindle Edition]

David Stoop
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"Attitude is everything." It's what makes the difference between those who succeed and those who fail. And it's easy to see-in other people. It's not as easy to recognize when our own attitude needs adjustment, or to know how to change it.
In You Are What You Think, David Stoop shows readers how to use self-talk to make positive changes in their attitudes and beliefs. Self-talk can be private speech, thoughts, or external speech, all of which shape emotions and behavior for good or bad. This popular book, previously published as Self-Talk, will help readers overcome stress, guilt, depression, anxiety, and anger; release the power of faith; choose healthy, positive thoughts; and more.


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Attitude is everything. Attitude is what makes the difference between those who succeed and those who fail. And it's easy to see-in other people. But it's not always easy to recognize when our own attitude needs adjustment, or to know how to change it. In You Are What You Think, David Stoop shows you how to use self-talk to make positive changes in your attitudes and beliefs. Self-talk can be private speech, thoughts, or external speech, all of which shapes emotions and behavior for good or bad. This popular, revolutionary book will help you: * choose healthy, positive thoughts * respond rather than react to circumstances * overcome guilt, anger, anxiety, and stress * release the power of faith * and more You can use self-talk to gain control of the way you feel and act. You can turn out-of-control into self-control and make your emotions work for you rather than against you. You Are What You Think tells you how.

About the Author

David Stoop, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who leads seminars and retreats around the world. He lives in Newport Beach, California, and is the author of twenty books, including When Couples Pray Together.

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  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprint edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B76T4A8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Healing Advice June 19, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Stoop combines teachings from the Bible with psychology to demonstrate how principles of good mental health can enable a person to create a better life. This book gets to the practical application of these principles. It literally tells you what to do to put them into practice. Readers are taught how to change self-defeating thoughts into thoughts leading to positive behaviors.
Even people who are already familiar with the value of positive self-talk can reap the benefits of this book by being reminded of the power of this potential which is available to everyone.
He gives examples of how it has worked successfully in the lives of various people from differenct backgrounds.
Unlike a lot of other books in this genre, he devotes a chapter to the abuse of positive self-talk by putting it into a broader context than most authors. Stoop addresses the issue of the sovereignty of God in the matter of faith and positive confession. He goes on to point out that self-talk isn't something we create, it already is going on, the issue is learning how to use this reality to one's advantage.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Transformed Daily Through the Renewing of Your Mind! October 18, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I actually picked this book up at a local drug store. I had all these products in my basket to enhance the outer me. I figured I'd add something to my shopping experience that would hopefully enhance the inner me, and did it! This is a great book if you are in need of an attitude adjustment especially if you are in a situation where the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing. After reading this book I realized that there is "nothing new under the sun" and that God has been suggesting faith, obedience and "cognitive behavior therapy" as part of the strategic plan of becoming a better you for centuries. The author takes a God-help/self-help approach and uses practical cognitive behavior theories in conjunction with scripture to help the reader achieve spiritual and psychological insight. Once again, great book but it only works if you are willing to have the faith and are willing to do the work.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This is the most practical book on controlling thoughts I've ever read.

Being made over again in His image requires active participation in controlling our thoughts or as Paul says "...taking every thought captive..."

This is the best practical book out there on how to get more control of thoughts and take them captive. Buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the Paperback instead of the Kindle Edition! September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a Christian I found the combination of psychology and biblical stories to be very enlightening. David Stoop really has a command of the "talk yourself to sanity" idea. This book seems to have been written in the 80s so some of the information is a little outdated. However his take on "The Secret" before it was popular is interesting. Apparently people were trying to manifest material things way back then with disappointing results.

The only thing I think I disagreed with the author about is anger. I'm much happier now that I get angry far less often. I don't think anger is a healthy emotion if you are getting angry all the time. Some self-talk may help you in this case. In fact this book claims that anger and fear are responsible for major illnesses.

I feel this book will appeal mostly to a Christian audience, however it will also appeal to those patient enough to deal with the Kindle book which has a outdated font. At least it looks like the book was scanned into a computer after being typed with a faulty typewriter. All the "e's" are especially annoying. Yes I had to talk my way through this book to keep reading. I'd suggest the paperback instead of the Kindle version.

However, despite this the book has some value even 32 years later. It has a lot of wisdom and focuses on how attitude makes or breaks us. This book will also help those who are prone to worry or who are very stressed out by their thoughts.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Stuff September 6, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those with a lot of "head trash", the practice of replacing negative self talk with affirmation-type messages is life changing. This is not just a theory book, it is a primer on helping yourself that could benefit just about anyone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Lundgren, counselor in Bucks County PA December 3, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. What you think is the single most important influence on a person's happiness and sense of well being. This is a practical book that teaches a person to use self talk to actually shape your emotions. Usually a person is not aware of their own self talk but this book will get you thinking about what you frequently say to yourself and its effect on you. Most importantly you will learn how to change these patterns and as a result make postive changes in your life. Get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We couldn't stop reading it! September 8, 2012
By Lou-san
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My wife and I read this together and were very impressed with the philosophy and tone of this book. The biblical references were right on in terms of helping to understand the dynamics of controlling your life with positive thoughts and a little humor went a long way to lighten the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!! April 19, 2012
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I was very happy with this book and it helped me to me to see what my issues are...
Enlightened...is what I am...
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David Stoop, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in California. He received a master's in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. He is the founder and director of the Center for Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. David is also an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and serves on the executive board of the American Association of Christian Counselors. David is a Gold Medallion-winning author and has written more than twenty-five books.

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