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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Renewing of the Mind Project BOOK REVIEW

I’m so excited to share with you Barb Raveling’s new book, TheRenewing of the Mind Project: Going to God for Help with Habits, Goals, andEmotions. 

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Barb has quickly become one of my FAVORITE Christian Authors and I’m thrilled she has published this book. It has the power to transform your walk with Christ by showing you how to Biblically Renew your Mind in the Word of God.

Seems to me there are three major groups of Christians: 

1.        One’s who rest so much on GRACE they ignore the need to root sin out of their lives. In fact, they think that if they have to “work” on anything they are not honoring the mercy of God.

2.       One’s who place too much emphasis on WORKS and thereby undervalue the precious blood of the Lamb and the grace freely given to all how call upon the name of the Lord.

3.       One’s who either don’t want to do the work it takes to grow closer to Christ or they don’t know how to so they ignore or downplay their sins. 

Barb Biblically shows readers the need for the combination of both GRACE and WORKS and she provides the tools necessary to break the bonds holding you back from a deeper relationship with God.

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 NIV, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

But HOW do we renew our minds? We can’t do it in our own power. So how do we apply this Scripture to our lives?

Excellent question!

In The Renewing of the Mind Project you’ll learn how God intends for Christians to address all sorts of weaknesses of the flesh. From emotional strongholds that prevent us from walking in the Spirit to breaking bad habits (sins) and to forming new habits (daily devotional), Barb covers it all. 

This book is meant to be used with your Bible and a Journal. 

It’s a book that can be used over and over and over again.

I’m currently using it to help me break the habit of being discontent and forming an attitude of praise in all circumstances just as Paul says to do in Phil 4:11-13. Memorizing this passage of Scripture isn’t enough to ensure that I know how to be content in all situations. I must learn to RENEW MY MIND. 

By using Barb’s questions I see how my point of view and feelings are sometimes contrary to the Word of God. Her questions have helped me identify patterns in my life where I’m holding back from God and holding onto things that are preventing me from praising Him.  She’s helping me gain a Kingdom world View instead of a ME-centered world view. 

Her book also teaches how to dig into the root causes of  sins/strongholds. 

I’m learning my discontentment is connected to my need to be perfect. And when I’m not ‘perfect’ I tend to feel frustrated. I worry about what others think and I don’t want to let them down. I feel insecure and try to cover it up by performing to the best of MY abilities instead of focusing on what God wants of me and finding my value in who He says I am.  

All this is connected to my pride. When I perform well, without realizing it, I am taking credit away from God because I think I did it! And when I fail, I tend to shrink back from God instead of seeking His face. 

Her book has helped me with all this.

I know it can help you too…if you’ll just give it a try.

I really can’t recommend this book highly enough.

If I could purchase a copy for all of my followers (and everyone I know) I would. But since I can’t afford too, you can pick up your own copy by clicking here.

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Bio:  Barb is the author of four books, including Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study. She blogs about breaking free from habits and strongholds at barbraveling.com. After homeschooling their four kids for the last 22 years, Barb and her husband are now enjoying the empty nest life in their clean (but far too quiet) home.
Disclaimer: I did not have to give a raving review. I am a proud supporter of Barb's books and happily wrote this review. 

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