My mother gave me this book, probably as some passive aggressive insult Let s skip past the fact that this book has the single most redundant title I ve ever seen, and the book s numerous proofing errors and the general shoddiness of the prose.She begins the first chapter by telling me that some of my thoughts come from the devil Excuse me The Devil, as Joyce Meyer would render it Happily, this isn t true if I believed it were, I would almost certainly develop paranoid schizophrenia Certainly, one may have thoughts or thought patterns which are counterproductive and harmful, but can you people really not take responsibility for your own thoughts You have to blame them on an outside agent This seems immature, and also Zoroastrian Are Christians even supposed to believe that their devil is as powerful as their god So, Meyer ends the first chapter by saying, Let s illustrate this with a parable She then describes, for several pages, a fictional couple named Mary and John Mary and John are miserable, and they generally suck, because Mary wants to be independent, have her own money, work, and make decisions for herself, and John is weak lets Mary walk all over him Literally, she insists for several pages that these fictional characters have negative thought patterns and miserable lives because they don t fit into rigid gender norms I don t know if Joyce Meyer actually believes this, but it saddens me to think she may I didn t read anythan the first chapter, because I don t want to become anydepressed than I am already This book made me shed a tiny tear for humanity. Admittedly like many others here I not a big fan of televangelists, I appreciate their tremendous work in reaching to an audience that would never consider for themselves going face to face with people in a christian church I do consider alot of their teaching as baby food in the scale of what should a believer should be eating However coming at low point recently I began reading this book and fed upon every word I was surprised and taken back by Joyce Meyor s no nonense, cut and dry approach in her teaching of the true nature of spiritual warfare and the battle that is happening all the time I was particularly convicted on a number of issues and made aware by the Holy Spirit of strongholds within me that need to be dealt with The fact that Joyce puts herself out there by giving examples from her life and ministries of the many times that her battles have been lost really edifies her teaching immensely and allows a base for the reader to begin to examine themselves.Overall I think this book will hold itself as essential reading for christians and particularly new ones in the years to come The fact that it is already so mass produced that it can be very cheaply bought and yet so powerfully change someone s life by the work of the Holy Spirit is a testament to Joyce, it is completely grounded in scripture all the way through, my critical mind couldn t fault it while my open were being opened and my soul being fed. In Celebration Of SellingMillion Copies, FaithWords Published A Special Updated Edition Of BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND Worry, Doubt, Confusion, Depression, Anger And Feelings Of Condemnation All These Are Attacks On The Mind If Readers Suffer From Negative Thoughts, They Can Take Heart Joyce Meyer Has Helped Millions Win These All Important Battles In Her Most Popular Bestseller Ever, The Beloved Author And Minister Shows Readers How To Change Their Lives By Changing Their Minds She Teaches How To Deal With Thousands Of Thoughts That People Think Every Day And How To Focus The Mind The Way God Thinks And She Shares The Trials, Tragedies, And Ultimate Victories From Her Own Marriage, Family, And Ministry That Led Her To Wondrous, Life Transforming Truth And Reveals Her Thoughts And Feelings Every Step Of The WayThis Special Updated Edition Includes An Additional Introduction And Updated Content Throughout The Book Before I review this, I will say I m not a huge fan of Joyce Meyer I ve heard and read some of her stuff, and went to one of her conferences with a friend I m not sure her teachings are 100% biblical she s very health wealth oriented and that s not biblical , though she DOES have some really good things to say I ve been a Christian since I was little so I felt I could read the book with a grain of salt The reason I gave this book four stars is because it is drenched in scripture I found myself writing down most of the scriptures she pointed to, taping them to my mirrors, and learning that a lot of my problems come from a bad negative attitude of my own volition It truly helped me in some of my relationships and my overall attitude I also like her no nonsense approach I strongly believe so many people s problems come from the simple refusal to just grow up and take responsibility for our thoughts and actions She highly encourages this, and she discourages pity parties and the martyr syndrome In THAT, I think she is correct. I thought this book was okay For me, there was nothing particularly mind blowing about it Much of the advice are mantras I ve heard before this is the power of positive thinking or things I already have in practice taking responsibility for one s actions, working hard, etc There was not much new information in this book for me.I also found some of the information wrong, some of it to the point where it could be harmful to a reader with already low self esteem For example, she talks about what a normal mind should be like for a Christian As part of the requirements for normal, she says a mind should not be busy, and should not wander This might be true of some people, but for others, it s not Adam McHugh s Introverts in the Church points out that introverts naturally have a busy mind Brain scans support his claims by showing the chemical activity in the brain of an introvert vs an extrovert Joyce Meyers portrayal of what a normal brain should be like would be discouraging to people like me, who are constantly reviewing and reflecting It is natural, healthy, and you guessed it normal for us to have a busy mind.Additionally, I had difficulty relating to many of her anecdotes and analogies I don t mean to put her down, and I am not saying she has never had any real struggles in her life I m sure she has But many of her stories just made me sigh in frustration For example, she writes about an experience of God leading her to give a new dress to one of her employees, and she didn t want to give the dress away She eventually did, to her credit But what about people who are struggling with REAL life changing decisions Not everything is so cut and dry as I should give the dress away, because if I keep it, I am being selfish However, this book did have some good things about it For one, the writing style is very accessible She explains herself very thoroughly when discussing Scripture and her beliefs Secondly, the use of Scripture throughout the book shows that she is very God centered in her intentions, even if I don t agree with everything she has to say It is obvious that she really wants to lead people in a good direction Finally, her theology is pretty solid Her beliefs don t line up with mine exactly, but her interpretation is pretty standard. First to know, this is a religious based book The author, Joyce Meyer, is a popular Christian author and speaker Her television and radio programs air in many languages and countries She has also written many books on Christianity, this being one of thepopular.Battlefield of the Mind is about solving some of the common problems we all encounter in life, such as depression, anger, or worry, by getting you to examine the way you think about things, or as the book puts it, you need to begin to think about what you are thinking about And that s basically the goal of the whole book.Other major points include our actions are a direct result of our thoughts thoughts take place in your mind, so your mind is in essence the battlefield if you have a negative mind, you will have a negative life on the other hand, if you renew you mind according to God s Word, you will have a positive lifeMuch of the book is devoted to getting the reader to change their thinking and discusses how to tear down the strongholds that the devil tries to set up in the mind Joyce uses parables and many personal examples along the way which makes the book very interesting to read I personally found it very helpful in my own battles over my mindfulness. This book literally changed the way I think in the month I spent reading and applying it I was in a very dark place after a breakup due to some bad decision making and this was exactly what I needed someone to provide encouragement as well as a push No excuses, your mind is just that, YOUR mind and it is your responsibility to change it if it is not meeting your needs or working to better your life That being said, this is a book that should not be read straight through, but should be read slowly and reflected upon I also journaled through it Joyce helps to equip the reader with the mind altering power phrases and techniques necessary to bring anyone out of their funk if they are willing to put in a little effort Honestly, I think a lot of the negative reviews on this book come from people who were expecting a cure all book that simply by reading it would cause everything to suddenly become peachy, but that isn t how life works now, is it In order to get everything out if this book that you can I d say there are a few steps to follow 1 Open in prayer Ask God to help you to get what you need from the message and to open your mind and heart to what he has to say to you through Joyce s words2 Keep a journal Write notes from the chapters and examples of how you are applying or struggling to apply things to your life3 If you didn t understand or are struggling with applying the topics of a chapter, RE READ IT Keep at it until it clicks, both in understanding and in practice 4 Read it slowly, I m talking 1 3 absolutely nothan 3 chapters a day And only go as fast as you can apply things 5 Close in prayer, thanking God for the enlightenment and for being there to help you through whatever it is your facing in fact, thank him FOR what you re facing because when you come out on the other end you ll be a greater person than you were before I learned a few very helpful things in reading this book, particularly the concept of disciplining the mind, and of renewing one s mind through Scripture It intrigues and scares me a little bit to think that many spiritual battles can be fought in our thoughts, and that we develop patterns of thought unconsciously, for the most part Sometimes I feel irritated by Joyce Meyer s tried and true approach I often get the sense that she thinks everything that has worked for her will work for everyone else, in the same ways She doesn t seem to make allowances for different temperaments or personalities All in all, I think she addressed a problem that hasn t received much attention, and this book was a welcome read In this instant age, where we build habits without much purpose or intent, it is important to get back to disciplining our thoughts and discovering how they relate to our actions. This is actually my second time reading this book It has helped me deal with issues of anxiety of worrying too much, particularly about things I can t control anyway Thus, the battlefield of the mind The book teaches me I m still working on this issue how to lean on God, how to, as folks say, let go and let God The result is a peace that surpasses all understanding.Joyce Meyers writes with such simplicity for such a complicated subject The book is broken down in chapters, each dealing with an aspect of the mind and the many ways we allow certain factors to control our thinking and consequently our behavior It is an easy read in the sense that her writing is plain and to the point She supports her assertions with Scriptures which I love, since, as Christians, we are to be rooted in the Word if we are to overcome battlefields, like those that seek to conquer our minds I would highly recommend this book to anyone who tends to worry or have anxiety issues It wouldn t have sold over a million copies had it not benefited so many people It is a go to book for me, when I find myself worrying too much, which is why I m reading it again. I was given this book by a family member I knew who Joyce Meyer was but hadn t watched her on tv or listened to her preach, so I didn t come in with an opinion Overall, it s not a terrible book, and there are a few places where she is inspiring in explaining how to change your perspective The book is not really appropriate for someone in need of clinical help, though It s the same as so many other books, with a lot of feel better by thinking better, which isn t helpful for me and presumably for many people I was much better helped by the book Grace for the Afflicted, which specifically addressed clinical problems and paired them with biblical discussions Meyer s writing style is easy to read and the chapters are brief If you re just going through rough times, this book would likely be helpful Some of her stylistic choices were a little annoying for me, however Her need to add bracketed expansions and explanations to the scriptures she included was incredibly distracting for me and actually made the scripturesdifficult to read, so much that I started specifically skipping her additions I also feel as though many of her anecdotes seem to be grasps for examples for the book Perhaps finding better anecdotes from others would have helpedIf someone is going through a temporary rough time, such as after a divorce, this book might be helpful But for serious issues that have required medical attention, I wouldn t recommend it, as it might have a condescending effect I found myself getting a little irritated at times with her point of view I d recommend Grace for the Afflicted, which I mentioned earlier in this review, or When God Doesn t Make Sense, by James Dobson.