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Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

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In celebration of selling 3 million 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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by FaithWords (first published 1995)
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Jun 27, 2015 TinaB rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
After finishing Battlefield of the Mind- Im left with a sour taste in my mouth or a feeling as if all I heard was the same cut and dry preaching I always hear, the same crap I heard as a kid, the trendy and feel good "name it and claim it faith" aka: "If you had more faith" ... those sentences always ending with, you wouldn't be having trouble, you might be getting healed, getting rich, landing that job, capturing those thoughts. A mindset that is a dangerous precedence to give people and when i ...more
Elise Wilson
Feb 20, 2012 Elise Wilson rated it really liked it
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
EZ Reader
Jul 01, 2011 EZ Reader is currently reading it
I am surviving jail because of this book. I received a DUI and am currently in a work release program. This book is bringing me very close to my lord and Savior. I have always had my faith however it was faltering, at best. I have had such a 180 in my thinking and my life due to this book that I want to come back to this same jail after I am out in August to teach of this book and these principles to others that I see in here that are in very desperate need of these ideals. Thank you and I look ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Jamie rated it it was ok
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 presumabl ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Rowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new christian
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
Jamie Hergott
Nov 16, 2011 Jamie Hergott rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
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 my
May 05, 2012 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
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 the more popular.

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 beg
Aug 05, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
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
Rachel Crooks
Jan 07, 2010 Rachel Crooks rated it liked it
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 eve
May 25, 2012 Taron rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book like this before. I swear she was in my head when she wrote this book. Made me really think about my life and attitude and it made to change in a lot of ways. I went to a group class for this at church and even my husband thanked the two women in charge of the class because this book has changed me. I was quick to open my mouth when people made mad, totally didn't think before I spoke, didn't care what people thought. My way of thinking is what can I do to get back at them ...more
Rebecca Carlson
Jul 23, 2013 Rebecca Carlson rated it it was amazing
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 s
Revcarmen Aka
Jan 16, 2009 Revcarmen Aka rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To All My Friends & Young People
If one christian woman I love and admire is Joyce Meyers. She knows what she is talking about and what I love about her she keeps it real and we need that in our daily life. We need to keep it real and be real with ourselves and with others. She pratice what she preach. She has been there and know what we all faces in life and what we go thru emotionally.

My advice to all my friends and check her out and read her book it will blow your mind. Her book help not only women but everyone how to deal w
Mar 17, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A drawing point for me to this book was that chess pieces were on the front cover. I find it odd that someone chose to have the white king submitted, while the black king stands victorious over him. What is this symbolic of? Before I get lost in this, I'll move on.

Joyce Meyer is either loved or hated, as are many TV evangelists - there are not many inbetweens. I guess I fall inbetween.

This book is very simply written. It is double-spaced and comes in at 278 pages. The bibliography consists of t
Mar 05, 2013 April rated it really liked it
While I did not particularly care for Meyer's writing style - it felt too informal, too much like she wanted to be close with her readers - this was a good read. It was slow for me to read because there was so much in it to digest (and also, it's not a book to read if you're looking for something light to read - her writing style is light, but the ideas presented in the book are anything but light). However, I am glad that I read it.

The only reason it didn't get a 5/5 was because of the writing
Apr 03, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing
This book reminds us to pay attention to our thought life because our mind is the battlefield where the spiritual battle for our soul is taking place. Ephesians 6:12 states "For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood, but against the despotisms, against the powers, against the world rulers of the present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly(supernatural) sphere." "Our warfare is not with other human beings but with the devil and his demons. Our enemy, Satan, attem ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Annamae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EVERY Christian needs to read this book! We all struggle with our thoughts and even depression. This book is amazing. Joyce Meyer has been stuck in the negative tailspin that negative thinking produces and overcame it with the Word of God. This book is such an easy read. I recommend the study guide that goes with it as well. Underline and take notes. It's amazing what you'll learn from this book! I have read it twice.
Sep 01, 2011 Nicki rated it really liked it
This book was really great at helping me to realize what thoughts I was allowing to be present in my head; most of them were negative and self-defeating. The book also gave me great tools to use to change my thought process and have a more positive outlook.
Sep 11, 2016 Jason rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Christian Evangelicals, Self/God-Help
Recommended to Jason by: Bible Study Book
Shelves: self-help, 2016
Am I losing the battle in my mind since I didn't like this book?

Sigh... Where to start? I guess I'll first point out that I see where this book could help a lot of people, but it wasn't for me. I must've recognized this early on because at the top of page nine I scribbled "Reminder: take what you can use and leave the rest."

This was the book for our bible study session these past few months. I got a few things out of it, but a lot of it was just... ugh. I still can't completely put my finger on
Aug 13, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
You are what you think. Regardless of your religious beliefs, we all know that what we think about impacts the way we act and feel. I doubt anyone can argue with the power of positive thinking. In “Battlefield of the Mind”, Meyer teaches readers how to change the way they view things.

She doesn’t present herself as someone who’s completely conquered negative thinking; rather, she share personal stories of her past challenges and areas where she continues to struggle.

Meyers uses scripture liberall
Feb 11, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beautiful-books
Brilliant! Amazing! Life changing! Read this book and you'll know why it was on the New York best sellers list for ages and why its still a best seller more than ten years on.
This book is writen for people who have problems with worry, anxiety, and fears. (lets face it, all of us)
Its writen for people with all these problems by a person who had them and yet fought through to regain the control in her mind.
Im one of those people who likes to be taught how to cook by the chef that can actually co
Latesha A.
Dec 15, 2012 Latesha A. rated it it was amazing
my copy of BOTM came from a Minister that became a regular at the thrift store i work in. i didn't know she was (is) a Minister until she retrieved the book from her car one day and said God told her to give me her copy...for that reason alone, this book holds a special place on my's been a while since i've read it (and i plan to read it again as a sort of refresher) but this book left a lasting impression on me b/c it literally changed my life and transformed my whole way of thin ...more
J.W. Cunningham
Apr 15, 2013 J.W. Cunningham rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read. When my boss recommended this book he told me that it would change the way I approached situations and would make the people around me very transparent. That turned out to be a very true statement. This book truly makes you analyze your ow approach to life, but also gives you tools to understand the inner workings of other's minds that cause them to act and speak the way they do.

Meyer's approach to writing the book is based in a christian approach.
Brandilyn's Blog
May 29, 2013 Brandilyn's Blog rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was the biggest eye opener. For me personally I learned that me being so distracted, raising mind, and clutter minded was not me at all but 1. my mind had become a weak muscle and 2. attack from the enemy. Since I started reading this book, I've passed the helpfulness on to several people who have started reading it and love it as much as I do. It's helped me in almost all areas of my life; from being a wife, a mom, homemaker, a blogger, and a Life Coach. Not to mention not o ...more
Maaike Korte
Sep 11, 2016 Maaike Korte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mooi en krachtig boek over -hoe verrassend- de strijd die je kunt hebben in je denken.
ze schrijft op een prettige manier en laat ook haar eigen zwakheden op dit gebied zien als voorbeelden in het boek.
enige minpunt vond ik de bijbelteksten die uitgeschreven zijn, ik had gekozen voor een andere vertaling. (in de teksten staan stukjes toegevoegd om het te verduidelijken maar daardoor vond ik het juist onduidelijker worden)
Apr 26, 2012 Sharae rated it really liked it
Joyce Meyer breaks it down so simply. That is the strength of this book. Sure I'm familiar with everything she says, with the remedies, the anecdotes. However, just because you know something, doesn't mean you remember to apply it to daily life. When I read this book, I was going through a prolonged tough and discouraging time. When you're in a situation things you hear from a pulpit don't always jump to the forefront of your mind as you struggle through the week. Enter Battlefield of The Mind. ...more
May 15, 2016 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Christian literature classic. Joyce is just as relevant today as she was 30 years ago, presenting deep insight in a simple and easy to digest format.
Feb 08, 2013 Shanon rated it it was amazing
Life changing...
Apr 20, 2015 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. Ce
Apr 09, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
There are some religious books that you read and you agree with most things, but wish it had been written by someone else.
That's kind of how I felt about this; Meyer is a fine writer and her work is lovely, but I felt like I was reading a high school textbook. There were little text boxes off to the side to make sure you understood the important parts; there were nice, bold headings so you knew when new ideas were introduced; I half expected a glossary at the back. There were so many great ideas
Jul 07, 2011 Suzyberry rated it it was amazing
This is a well researched and well written book to help all of us understand why our minds are in a state of confusion...we are being bombarded in our thought-life every day of our life. And when you read the book you will come to understand very clearly who/what is behind all this frenzy we are feeling. Joyce Meyer is a superb Christian writer/speaker with many books to her credit...every one worthy of reading. But this particular one is a lifeline to those who suffer from depression, anxiety, ...more
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