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Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 13, 2011
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About the Author
Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers, with her TV and radio broadcast, Enjoying Everyday Life, airing on nearly 450 television networks and 400 radio stations worldwide, including ABC Family Channel, Trinity Broadcast Network, Daystar, and the Word Network.
Her bestselling books include Battlefield of the Mind, Look Great, Feel Great, The Confident Woman, Never Give Up! and Power Thoughts.
Joyce holds conferences approximately 15 times each year, worldwide, speaking to thousands.
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The theology of the book is thoroughly "word faith" (i.e. health and wealth; your words create reality...hence the Adveda Vedanta connection), with plenty of secular counseling concepts (like self love) and hints of an absolute plethora of heresies (like neo-orthodoxy). Her "gospel" is completely anthropocentric (God exists to give us things) and Joyce seems to almost have a flippant, nonchalant, ignorant contempt for the Scriptures. Like many other more eccentric Charismatics, she quotes the Bible with absolutely no regard for (or more likely complete misunderstanding of) context and original meaning. She most likely has heard the word "hermeneutics", but her practice reveals that she equates "hermeneutics" with "whatever I feel it means at the time". Her usage of scripture is downright nonsensical, with verses often being quoted and strung together into syllogisms based simply on a certain English rendering of a verb that suits her purposes. An example of this how Joyce takes Habakkuk 3:19 as a 2 part instruction on how to develop the ability to develop perseverance in strife. Ignoring the personal pronouns, she says we need to "walk" and "make", conveniently providing her own definitions for what she means by those two verbs. Her usage of scripture is so atrocious, one has to wonder how she ever earned a ThD in Theology...Oh wait. Her ThD is from Life Christian University, an unaccredited diploma-mill. Never mind.
As for the academic level and quality of the book, I was almost offended. I honestly cannot believe that a million people paid money for this book. Joyce Meyer writes as possibly a seventh grade level, with absolutely no research going into the book. Her bibliography has 4 sources; one of which is her Bible and one is a concordance. Joyce seems to be able to support any idea from any verse in the entire scriptures. The book seems to have a high level of intensity throughout, as if every single word Joyce says will change your life. Like other Charismatic writers I've read, Joyce writes more like she is blogging rather than writing a serious piece of academic research or literature on a serious subject. She uses far too many font choices, italicizing what seems like every 10th word (apparently for impact) and using multiple exclamation marks at least once a paragraph. I felt like I was reading something that was the result of an "all nighter" pulled by a college freshman. There were no footnotes anywhere, for there was no research. Apparently all Joyce needed was the Bible and the Lord, which makes sense seeing that she believes that she gets direct propositional revelation from God.
In finding things that were good about the book, I also had to struggle. The theology was horrifying. The writing was juvenile. The usage of scripture was essentially deceitful. I guess it is good that Joyce is trying to use the scriptures and teach people things from the Bible, but she's so deceived and out to lunch that it is hard for me to recommend The Battle for the Mind to anyone as a serious recommendation. If I were talking to a Charismatic about the book, I certainly would not be as hard as I was in this review, but it's honestly a frighteningly bad book. I'm astounded at her success, for it reveals that people must be so desperate for truth that they'll literally grasp anything that comes along.
When I reached chapter 8 Joyce says on pages 82 and 83 that speaking in tongues is meant to be interpreted and not translated therefore tongues are not a word for word translation but somebody speaks and another interprets (guesses) what is being said. However, when I looked up the word "interpret" and the context is is being used in the Book of Corinthians, in the Strong's Concordance, in the original Greek language, it means "to translate" ... Which is waht the original gift of tongues was at Pentacost. To translate the gospel into the languages of the visitors from different countries and they were literal real languages and literal real translations, not babbling in tongues and some guessing or feeling what the other person is saying.
As a teacher and part time Christian book store worker, I am appalled at how low Christians have sunk when they want to read the drivel that comes out of the minds of persons like Meyer. What is with this cattle mentality? Joyce Meyer is practically worshipped and her books flocked over, but you know what? They really amount to nothing. A smart Christian prayerfully reading the Word has so much more insight than the millionaire Meyers who knows how to play on the emotions of Christians who have let go of their minds a long time ago.
I read this book to prove a point to a Christian friend of mine that Christians are additcted to mediocrity. I hope that you will consider reading something more substantial that this mental candy. Joyce Meyer is the "Christian" equivalent of the romance novel, the cheap soap opera and the happy meal. She has made all her money off the vacuous stupidity of the average Christian.