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Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  9,311 ratings  ·  969 reviews
Jennie Allen challenges Christian women to transform their outlook and their lives by interrupting their spiraling thoughts and realizing their God-given power to think differently.

One of the greatest spiritual battles of our generation is taking place between our ears. How we think shapes how we live. So it's crucial that we learn how to stop our spinning thoughts and ref
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by WaterBrook
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to really like this book. The premise resonated with me. However, in the end, it wasn't what I was expecting. While the author acknowledges at one point about differing personalities (she being an enneagram "7" and her sister being a "6" and introvert v. extrovert), it feels like the suggestions offered are more of the one-size-fits-all variety. I also had a tough time following the organization of the book, this could be due to the e-book formatting. She uses graphics of spirals, but d ...more
Melissa King
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped
I really, REALLY tried to finish this book, and I did make it 2/3 of the way. Local friends chose it for book club, and met weekly to discuss each chapter. But it slowly became an unbearable source of frustration and annoyance to me, so I finally dropped it.

Here’s a paragraph that exemplifies my two biggest problems with it:

I recently posted on Instagram this quote often attributed to Andrew Murray:

“Humility is perfect quietness of heart.... It is to expect nothing, to
Bethany Baird
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was even better than I thought. I have read a lot on neuroscience and a lot on neuroscience combined with scripture, But I really found helpful the lies or negative thoughts she would state and the truths and ways to turn the downward spirals around. Even if you are not someone depressed or anxious there are other big thoughts in this book that will bring conviction with hope and a roadmap to change. I’ve enjoyed listening to the podcasts that go along with each of the chapters and wil ...more
Melanie Farris
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I appreciate Jennie being open about her own struggles with doubt, but I found the book to be repetitive and fluffy. There were pieces of practical advice sprinkled throughout the book, but nothing that we haven’t already heard. If you’re looking for a Bible study book that can help spark group conversation this would probably be great, but if you’re hoping for a book that gets into the weeds of toxic thoughts, you won’ ...more
Mackenzie Lane
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I personally found this book incredibly helpful in identifying the root cause of a lot of my unhappiness and lack of fulfillment.

Thoughts are mighty powerful things, and they are treated as such in this book. I especially related to chapter 11, but every chapter tackles a necessary area to reframe our thoughts and behavior around, so definitely don’t skip any chapters! There is something to learn and wisdom to gain on every page if you’re looking for it.

I finished this book feeling encouraged
Patricia Doi
May 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Perhaps the worst book I’ve ever tried to read. I tried really hard to finish this, but might be my first DNF. It’s illogical and extremely poorly written. If you’re a white Christian American woman (I’m not), I suppose it offers some confirmation bias by very, very poorly linking scripture with science.

I’m paraphrasing here, but... At one point she writes: you know that Bruno Mars song where he says he’ll jump on a grenade for you? Hate to break it to you, but he actually won’t... God will tho
Abigail Westbrook
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books-read
SO GOOD. Probably will be the best book I read all year. It was exactly what I needed to hear, so practical and real and Scripture-centric. Would recommend to everyone, and will definitely be rereading it myself.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that needed to be written! I'm thrilled that Jennie took up this mantel for the Kingdom. In the past I've felt chastised by Christian books that address negative thought-life, anxiety or depression. It's obvious that neither the author or anyone they love has ever come close to being touched by mental illness or the toxic thought spiral that consumes so many. In this book Jennie is vulnerable with her own personal experience and comes across warm and empathetic. You can tell she's ...more
Erin Martin
Jul 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
So I was gonna give this two stars just based in the subject matter, but after consideration I’ve decided that I just can’t. I truly can’t recommend this to anyone and feel like this will truly help someone struggling with anxiety.

I wish this was a book about leaning on Jesus and what we can do practically to stop the thoughts that make us spiral, and there really are some good points that she makes, but they are all clouded by the author talking about what SHE learned and what SHE figured out.
Cara Putman
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An important book. Jennie Allen is vulnerable in her pursuit of showing us a path away from spiraling thoughts. We have a choice. I have a choice. Such a simple, yet powerful, concept. Then she provides roadmaps for eight sets of thoughts- how to transfer them to choices and regain control of our thoughts.
Jo LeGare
I really struggled to read this book, not because of the content matter but the informality of her voice. It felt haphazardly put together. It read like it was written by Dragon, the speech to text recognition software.

Furthermore, as someone who has wrestled with doubt, depression, and intellectual spirals, it was difficult to resonate with her energetic voice. I never really feel like the answer is “this is not who you are,” because it is who I am, I am growing and pressing on despite the dou
Jennifer Malech
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really incredible. I loved the aspect of neurology and the way that our brains get re-wired by the thoughts that we think, which is why Biblical advice continually points us to think back to what is TRUE. Highly recommend this read.
Lowry Edge
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really recommend this book for those of you who are like me and struggle with what it actually means to take every thought captive! It’s kind of a Christian froofroo girl book but has some incredible and practical information. I suggest reading and learn what it means to stop your toxic thoughts before they control your emotions and actions!
Kushani De Silva
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Em Chap
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please read this book.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance digital version of this book for my honest review.

So honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this book. It reaches to the heart of our struggles in life, what we believe, how it affects our behavior and relationships, and how to shift our thinking. We have a choice: will we listen to the negative thoughts or set our thoughts on the Word of God? All of us are dealing with our thoughts but only Christ-followers know real truth to renew their minds and Jennie Allen tak
Tanya Dennis
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book on Audible. I had to keep rewinding to really let it soak in. Even so, I still want to buy the print version to read it again. It had such an impact on me.

This book tackles toxic thought patterns (stemming from past experiences or present insecurities), but also shines light on the very real and very present spiritual battles we face in our minds. Readers will be encouraged to confront and correct lies and negativity in our thoughts toward ourselves and others. Scriptural
Farzane Aminmansour
May 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
The spirit of the book was fine. However, I think the author was too much focused on contributing religeous matters to every aspects. I personaly prefer to learn about facts, priciples, and abstract levels rather than specific instances. In general, it was not the psychological neuroscientific book I expected it to be.
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: libby, 0-stars
I disliked this book. Spiritual change doesn’t all change in the head. You don’t think your way through it. She’s misguided and I’d never let her near any of our kids at church.
Harmony Felts
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If ever I needed to read this book, it was now. I loved the affirmations in this book, the science behind retraining your brain patterns, and the Biblical truth presented. Everyone should read!
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am halfway through and already skimming. Another peppy “Jesus is the answer” book by an outgoing energetic woman of God.
I have enjoyed hearing Jennie talk at past conferences and the idea of negative thoughts diminishing my joy struck a chord. Unfortunately, Jennie it a little too bouncy, happy Christian for me to ever really connect.
Have there been good points? Yes.
Does it seem to be “one size fits all?” Yes.
Does the author use an 18 month bout with doubt to back her insights? Yes
Will peo
May 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
“The enemy”
Are we at odds with anyone?
Porn addiction
Enemy is coming for you

This is just a short list of the negative language that riddles this book. This book is pitched to end spiraling thoughts yet feeds spiraling thoughts with negative language. This book is actually one big spiraling thought of how people aren’t doing enough for God.This book lacks research about basic neurology and is written by someone who does not understand constant anxiety that
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
While there were many parts of this book in the beginning that I LOVED, it became fairly repetitive. I ended up not reading the last three chapters because I just couldn’t get through them.

I appreciate the scripture and focus on Christ that Allen uses. However, I just couldn’t finish it.
Madeline Hardee
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm in counseling and this book complimented so well what I am learning about the brain and thought patterns. Jennie says the greatest battle of our generation is what's happening in our minds and she teaches how science supports scripture in being transformed by the renewal of our minds and what it means to actually live out the mind of Christ. Some friends and I went through her free book club guide each week (you can find the PDF online) that includes questions to process through and podcast ...more
Mackayla Headlee
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Allen is incredibly vulnerable in this book. When she talks about leading and teaching while walking through her own struggles reflects the truth that we don’t have to be perfect before we follow Gods calling - we can still (and we will!) be sanctified through it.

In this season of my life I don’t feel like I specifically struggle with spiraling thoughts. But, I know I can come back to this book for comfort, truth, and biblical tools to rest in God’s control and His ability to guard my heart and
Sharla Carter
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book we should ALL read.....and re-read. Jennie Allen uses science to back up her tools for positive thought spirals. It's fascinating to learn how the brain reacts to our thoughts, and enlightening to learn how we can control the way we think. The benefits go far beyond the obvious. This book prompted much discussion for our church's summer Book Club. This was the perfect book to read during this crazy year of 2020 events. ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
The title of this made me think it was going to be something different than it was, haha. I was expecting more of a self-help book but didn't even make it through the introduction before being turned off by the religious talk. My own fault for not reading more about the book before reading the book. ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was life-changing for me. It examines ways of thinking that lead to stress, anxiety, etc., all the while acknowleding that clinical conditions outside the realm of this book do exist. I was convicted about the need for more community in my life, as we are made for relationships. Even an introvert like me. I definitely recommend this to my Christian friends.
The Book Distiller
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely transformative, of your life and of your mind, yet a very relatable read. No matter where you are in life, where you come from, or your specific age, THIS book is applicable to all. Let's change our thinking, get out of our heads, and start living in Truth. ...more
M.E. Carter
If ever there was perfect timing for a book, this was it.
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Jennie Allen is a passionate leader and visionary following God's call to inspire women to encounter the invisible God. With a Master's in Biblical Studies from DTS, Jennie is the author of two Bible studies, Stuck, a CBA best-seller, and Chase, and the ECPA "New Author of the Year" winner of Anything and Restless, which also includes a DVD-based study. The founder of IF: Gathering, Jennie, and he ...more

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