Overcome Toxic Thoughts and Take Back Control of Your Mind
by Manny Arango
Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 23 Oct 2022
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
Christian | Health, Mind & Body | Nonfiction (Adult)
I am reviewing a copy of Brain Washed through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:
You have a choice you can either take your thoughts captive or you can be held captive by them.
In Scripture we learn we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Manny Arango describes this process as God washing our brains, and it is the surest way to overcome anxious thoughts, self-doubt, bitterness, and other mental struggles. But how can we experience this healing power?
Brain Washed is a biblical roadmap for winning the battles in our minds.
I give Brainwashed five out of five stars!
A wonderful book that really made me stop and think. This is an excellent book to pick up and absorb.
Every one of us is brainwashed, Arango writes. It's a result of the Fall. We are either brainwashed by the serpent or by God. We can choose to have our brains washed by God's truth, adopting the Mind of Christ.
Arango combines personal experiences with biblical teaching to help us on the journey. Many believers are still operating with a fallen mind and we are encouraged to put effort into the life long process of renewing our minds. Arango focuses on three areas: intimacy with God, identity within self, and interdependence with others.
I appreciate Arango's teaching. I liked his ideas on blessings, that they are difficult to identify immediately. Blessings may be camouflaged as seeds within difficult situations. He gives a good personal experience in illustration. I like his emphasis on controlling thoughts. He has an insight on the woman with the issue of blood I had never seen before, “because she thought.” A surprise was Arango saying to adopt the Mind of Christ, “we have to first adopt the habits of Christ and use His life as a blueprint for the pattern and pace of our lives.” (81) That is a challenge.
The last section of Arango's book is about generating and controlling thoughts. He shares his own experience in failing to control his thoughts. (177) He emphasizes our need to control our focus, to break soul ties and other acts of cutting off unwanted influence. While we are encouraged to actively use our minds for the glory of God, I was disappointed there was no practical strategy included.
This book contains good teaching but readers might have to figure out on their own how to do what Arango encourages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Absolutely loved everything about this book. Sadly, another relatable read for me and one that provided me with ways to keep Christ at the center of my life and void the negative thoughts that invade our brains daily. Highly recommend it to anyone struggling with an overwhelming number of negative thoughts.
This one was so great. Brough up so many interesting thoughts and had me questioning all my thoughts which can be scary but rewarding to ish through. A great self help and educational book
The title of this book is a little different from what books in the genre would be given, it sounds more like a self help book than a spiritual growth book, it may be the same thing to some people but might also be a two different concepts to the next person.
I thoroughly enjoyed the referencing and referral to scripture because it makes it more "fact based". The author didn't shy away from including his personal experiences and opinions which can be quiet refreshing.
[I got this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review~ Thank you!]