Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times best seller
You can choose hope in the midst of chaos.
The visionary behind the million-strong IF:Gathering challenges you to exercise your God-given power to shift negative thinking patterns and take back control of your thoughts and emotions.
"A must-have resource for anyone looking to get control of their thoughts." (Lysa TerKeurst, number one New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries)
Christian Book Award finalist
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Cosmopolitan
Are your thoughts holding you captive? I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. God couldn’t really love me. Jennie Allen knows what it’s like to swirl in a spiral of destructive thoughts, but she also knows we don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns.
As she discovered in her own life, God built a way for us to escape that downward spiral. Freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts and realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds.
In Get Out of Your Head, Jennie inspires and equips us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways.
It starts in your head. And from there, the possibilities are endless.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 29 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 28, 2020|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
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#68 in Personal Success
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I bought this as a renew your mind / speak the word refresher course of sorts. Certainly helpful if you are new to the "genre" but had more filler than other books I have read on the subject. Honestly, I started skimming from about 35% to 75% and then quit the book altogether.
Two general observations.
1. I do not believe people who take anti-(fill in the blank) meds are necessarily sinning. God would have to address that matter with the individual. On the other hand, dig deep into those meds and you will see that many are essentially the legalized form of illicit drugs. We wage war on crystal meth and yet prescribe Adderall like it is candy. In my BC life I was a drug addict and know full well the connection between drugs and the supernatural. I am not certain the Church is taking this issue seriously enough. I am not certain if the Church is really getting to the ROOT of the problem and so as a result looks askance at our dependence on narcotics to cope with the symptoms. The author admits that members of her family "depend on medicine to help regulate their brain chemistry". Believe me, I am not trying to be harsh or start a flame war but by her own admission these folks are dependent. Is he whom the Son sets free free indeed? I am asking the question sincerely. I am not judging but asking the Church to judge itself since judgment begins at the house of the Lord. Last comment on this point. The author says you cannot think your way out of mental illness. Well, in SOME cases I would imagine you can IF you are agreeing with what Christ says about who you are in him. Moreover, I would add that you CAN think your way INTO mental illness. I have seen this first hand watching people descend into near madness because of guilt or unforgiveness or envy. We think it mean-spirited to say people are the cause of their own mental illness but I suspect they very often are, at least indirectly. Hey, was it mean-spirited for the Holy Spirit to say I was a sinner who needed to repent? I would say it was the epitome of LOVE and TRUTH.
2. I agree with the author that community is important. On the other hand, I have found it extraordinarily difficult finding community since becoming Christian. I admit that I am an introvert who prefers to be alone (not shy, actually loquacious but exhausted by human contact) yet I know what the Word says so my wife and I make an effort. But again, as our culture even in the Church deteriorates, genuine fellowship is becoming increasingly rare. For instance, 30 years on the front line of Christian education at four institutions has provided me with only two people I would consider friends. And yet nine times out of ten I am the one who initiates contact. Out of sight, out of mind is the operative principles these days. Very sad. Another for instance, six years living in this tiny community and while we have many acquaintances, I would not call one person a friend. We have had people over for dinner at our house many, many times. Never once has it been reciprocated. Not once. We do not expect it. That is not why we do it. But you would think sooner or later... Furthermore, my wife is a giver. If it were not so beautiful to behold I would be tempted to call it pathological. And yet, nobody thanks her. Countless gifts to the pastor and his wife and her children. Nothing. Not once. Supplies for an abused woman who recently had the courage to flee. Not one thank you. My heart breaks for my wife. Will this change our behavior? No. We will continue to be hospitable and giving. So why bring it up? Because to those who say "no one ever reaches out" or "I do my part, but no one ever reciprocates", the author responds, "These things are not true!" Uh, my experience is that they could very well be true. Maybe not ALWAYS but often enough. Again, I am not suggesting that we buckle and hide under a rock but faith is faith despite an honest assessment of reality. You MAY be mistaken in your assessment but I can assure you that I am not. But again, no big deal. We don't quit doing what Christ commands us to do just because we don't "see" success as we define it.
Anyway, I hope the book is a blessing to you.
If you ever struggle with your thought life, READ THIS BOOK! There is HOPE!
Overall, the author has a story to tell that hopefully helps others with thinking about their thinking. I’m not sure that this self-help type of book has any new information that will displace merely reading, studying and applying God word or listening to His Spirit guide His people in truth.
Solomon writes, “of making of books, there is no end.” He’s right. There’s a lot of books out there. You might save some time and just do a great Bible study, or find yourself a good counselor. 1 star for effort.
*** Just listened to several of her podcasts. Also, lots of rambling and not giving many specifics. She can talk a lot without saying much of anything. Speaks in cliche and generalities. ***
Jennie is so real throughout the entire book. She shares the deep, dark of her own struggle that led to the development of this book. And that is where the hope and encouragement starts! There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s Jesus. This is definitely a must-have book for everyone. I’m deeply grateful that the Lord provided Jennie the words to write, to share the depths of fighting for our minds.
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Jennie Allen has a way of writing that will keep you hooked. I found myself taking breaks from work just so I could sit and read it. If I was feeling anxious, especially at outings, just reading a page would relax me. It shows you that those deep, dark thoughts are more normal than you think, and you can get rid of them. Jennie had been in a dark place for 18 months, the exact same place I went to these past months. Her insight helps you gain a new perspective on it and change your mindset.
I'm sure this book isn't for everyone, but if you've experienced anxiety and stress, it might just be for you. It helped me so much. Every morning for the past few months I've had morning sickness from anxiety, until only recently. This is because the first thing I do every morning is open my Jennie Allen book (i'm reading another one now!!), and straight away I feel the tension fade away.
An amazing book. I finished it in about two days, meanwhile, there are books that have been on my floor mid-read since January.