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You & Your Thoughts Paperback – November 10, 2014
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About the Author
Dr. Earl D. Radmacher (1931-2014) served at Western Seminary for thirty-three years (1962-1995) as Dean of the Faculty (1964-1965), President (1965-1990), and Chancellor (1990-1995). In 1995 he was designated President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus.
Among the numerous books and articles that Dr. Radmacher has authored or edited are: You & Your Thoughts, The Nature of the Church, Can We Trust the Bible, What to Expect from the Holy Spirit, Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible, The NIV Reconsidered, The Nelson Study Bible, Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary, Salvation, and The Disciplemaker.
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What the author does provide in "You & Your Thoughts: The Power of Right Thinking" is much more powerful than any political thought ever...and there have been some powerful political ideas or thoughts.
Enough about, or not about, politics.
From the Foreward, "Many Christians are trudging through life without any compass, unaware of the transcendent yet everyday practicality of the timeless truths of God's Word. Rediscovering a life of confidence and hope is what this book is all about."
In this updated version, the original was published in 1977, a few minor changes have been made to bring the text up to date, but all the original ideas of Dr. Radmacher have been retained. The purpose of this book is to "allow Christians to use their minds to lift up the name of Jesus, advance the Gospel, and boldly proclaim God's free grace." I believe this book will help all who read it make progress toward that goal.
As Dr. Radmacher explains, using the computer related example of GIGO - Garbage In Garbage Out - our minds function very similarly. Just as computer programmers understand this truth and do their best to keep the garbage out, we should do the same for the computer God has given us, our minds...but do we?
Have you or do you really pay attention to what you are allowing into your mind? This book will remind you of the importance of not allowing garbage into your mind and will go one step further in encouraging you to put the Word of God into your mind and heart instead.
Through his examples and scripture the author makes a convincing case. Whether this is new information for you or just a reminder as it was for me you will understand and appreciate his statement, "Stop neglecting the Word; start programming it into your mind. It will make a difference."
This reminds me of what Zig Ziglar often said, "You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and how you are by changing what goes into your mind."
David said it best in Psalm 119, "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."
If this sounds like something you would like to explore and learn more about or learn for the first time get your copy of You and Your Thoughts today and start re-programming your mind and thinking right. "It will make a difference."
Dr. Radmacher develops the ideas of right thinking when it comes to issues concerning the church, issues concerning our worth as humans, and issues concerning getting things into proper focus.
The book is full of good teaching and scriptural instruction. I did, however, find it a bit hard to get through. It wasn’t the material as I found most of the material to be thoughts that I agreed with. I guess it just didn’t grab my full attention so it was a bit of a struggle to finish. If it would have been a book that I had just picked up then I probably wouldn’t have finished it. I was asked for an honest review so I read it through so that I could give it an honest review.
Overall, I would recommend this book. Given some of the things that Dr. Radmacher addresses within the book, it would seem that he has a bit of a Calvinistic slant, which I wouldn’t hold to. But I would recommend this book for anyone wanting more information on proper thinking for a follower of Jesus.
The second part of the book delves into how we think on a number of topics related to our walk through life and our relationship to the church. There were many things I appreciated in this section of the book, and a few that I took some exception to.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and gleaned much from it.
Dr. Radmacher encourages his readers to have their minds transformed by God's word. Throughout the book he applies this main idea to various topics. He lays the groundwork in the beginning and then addresses how Christians should think about:
Then he talks about the payoff of right thinking.
If you have trouble with applying 2 Corinthians 10:5 "We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ," to your life then this book will get you going in the right direction.
I think there were places where the exegesis of Scripture could have been better, but overall this is a good book on taking every thought captive.
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