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A Better Way to Think: Using Positive Thoughts to Change Your Life Paperback – October 1, 2011
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
1. The basics of cognitive change in conjunction with biblical teachings.
2. The order in which thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors occur.
3. The damage caused by brooding, and by acting upon the first emotion one has.
4. The benefits of a good sense of humor.
5. How memorizing Scripture can produce a mind that is calm, disciplined, self-controlled, and well-balanced.
6. How to choose which thoughts one should dwell on.
7. How to use one's imagination to form positive, biblical images of oneself.
8. How to change negative, core beliefs which are difficult to change.
9. How to respond when one's mind wanders.
10. How to use re-framing to change one's thinking pattern.
11. Identifying false assumptions.
12. Writing down positive thoughts, then substituting them for negative ones.
13. How to avoid over-generalizing, criticizing, magnifying, jumping to conclusions, minimizing, comparing, taking events out of context, mind-reading, self-blame, suspicion, lack of trust, and character assassination.
14. Identifying the three underlying causes of anger: fear, hurt, and frustration.
15. How to stop a worry habit, and how one's thoughts influence depression.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book for required reading by my school of natural health. I gave it 2 stars for two reasons: #1, it is grammatically correct, and #2, it may benefit the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashersmama11
This book was so helpful & amazing. It offers solid Biblical & logical advice & includes ways to apply it to your life. I would recommend this book to anyone!Published 5 months ago by Atd1220
Anyone that is really interested in personal change should read this book. Anyone in relationship, or has been in a relationship or hopes to be again...should read this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Turkey helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with worry and negative thinking. . . . . .Published 17 months ago by Lacy