What's on your mind today? Your significant other, or your lack thereof? The flippant comment someone made? Your image in the mirror or someone else's recent weight loss? Are you wondering what tomorrow will look like, or why yesterday turned out the way it did?
As thoughts like these float through our minds, we often allow ourselves to believe poisonous lies like:
'I'm not good enough;'
'What others think about me defines who I am;'
'I am what I accomplish.'
These thoughts, and others like them, hijack our minds and separate us from the life Jesus died to give us. Christ declares, "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). In order to be set free from the devastating misconceptions that infiltrate our thinking, we must know and live out the truth. Grabbing hold of the life we crave starts with taking our minds captive to what is true.
In Every Thought Captive, Jerusha Clark explores the deepest recesses of the feminine mind and examines the sources of our insecurities, unholy desires, and anxieties. Drawing from other women's and her own experiences, Clark shares insights from God's Word that provide a road map to victory over toxic beliefs.
- This book is an honest look...
This book is an honest look at the struggles that all women face, in one form or another. The book is not so much about dealing with a particular problem as it is about seeing the commonalities between them and learning to defeat the lies that they are founded upon. I went into it thinking that I didn't really need it (after all, I'm a redeemed, healthy, non-depressed college graduate -- why would I?), but I learned a lot from it. Perhaps my small insecurities are closer to the bigger issues than I think... and that means that I need God's grace just as much as my sisters in Christ who are struggling with much greater trials. It was humbling and encouraging all at once.
I would love to be able to go through the actual book, as this was definitely written for print rather than audio. Jerusha's narration is good, but she is not a professional. It may be better as a companion to the book, rather than a complete replacement.
- My grandpa used to look at...
My grandpa used to look at me sometimes & say to me, "Honey, these miserable thoughts!" referring to his (like any other Christian!) battle with the mind. Jerusha Clark does an excellent job of identifying the thoughts, their sources and then using the powerful Truth of God's Word to win the battle for our minds. She doesn't just preach from an ivory tower, she gets down to our level, puts her arm around us, and walks with us through the dark places. Thanks, Jerusha!