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Every Thought Captive: Battling the Toxic Belifs That Separate Us from the Life We Crave Paperback – 5 Mar 2006

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Every Thought Captive Popular author Clark journeys through the unique nature of the female mind and the freedom found in shifting our thoughts from the everyday to the eternal. (Practical Life) Full description

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thoroughly honest 8 Sep 2006
By MaryKate Newcomb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Every Thought Captive is an excellent read, with very challenging insights and pertinent questions to consider about one's thought life. Each chapter deals with a different topic, from depression to envy, lust and worry, and compares lies we tell ourselves to the truths in scripture. The author writes in a friendly, jargon-free, completely honest way--more honest than I would feel comfortable being in a nationally-published book--but that openness encourages the reader to be equally vigilant in uncovering their own deep recesses of inner conversations. Then the reader may effectively confront the lies with the gracious truth of God's love and mercy.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pinpointing the most common unhealthy and detrimental thoughts that plague a woman's mind 29 Dec 2009
By Elizabeth Carmen - Published on Amazon.com
In her new book, "Every Thought Captive," Jerusha Clark takes the well-known verse that admonishes us to "take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" and helps readers understand what that actually looks like.

Throughout the book, Clark pinpoints some of the most common unhealthy and detrimental thoughts that plague a woman's mind, like those that tell her she's not good enough or thin enough, that it was all her fault and she's always messing up, that she doesn't have enough time or that everything's going to come crashing down any moment.

Often, we think these kinds of thoughts without even being aware of it, but that's where this book comes in handy: By going through each section and the list of lies that Clark identifies, readers can begin to recognize the lies that are most recurrent in their own lives.

For me, that came to life as I read through the section "One More Thing," which looks at our desires for "more" and our temptation to think that this "one more thing" will make us happy--if only temporarily. She gave an example of her search for new black shoes, and how she went shopping everywhere to try to track them down. "I never thought the black shoes would bring me ultimate satisfaction," she writes, "but I certainly thought they would bring me relief from gnawing desire....Sometimes I realize that I've wanted something more than I've wanted God."

This is an episode I know all too well--whether it's searching for the perfect pair of curtains or new artwork for my kitchen wall. In doing so, we are putting our satisfaction in things, rather than in God and being satisfied by what he has already given us. She reminds readers that God gives bountifully and without ceasing, meeting all our needs. And it's those kinds of biblical truths I can keep in mind when the lie of "one more thing" pops up--again and again.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Housekeeping for the Mind 17 Jun 2007
By V - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can't say enough about how this book can take your thought life and force you to go deeper, examine the roots and heart of your beliefs and who you are! With Jerusha's guidance, you are able to face the lies that penetrate the mind, replace them with truths and pursue the freedom that Christ wants us to have in Him! The chapters are well laid out: first examining the lies/truths, then giving practical steps to help live them out and finally uses challenging questions for reflection and personal evaluation.

I would recommend this for women of all ages and stages of life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Every Thought Captive 19 Nov 2009
By Lori H. Poppinga - Published on Amazon.com
In Every Thought Captive, Jerusha Clark challenges women to battle the toxic beliefs that seperate them from the life they crave. Clark deals with the lies women dwell on--being good enough, worrying, getting one more thing, offending, accepting, being on fire, shaping, being overwhelmed, timing, and ultimately taking every thought captive to the what is true, lovely, pure, and right. Each chapter expounds on the different versions of the same lie and the truth that equips us to overcome that lie. Clark uses scripture, testimonies from other women, and multiple quotes to clearly explain how women can achieve not perfection but true freedom in Christ.
I appreciated Jerusha's honesty. Her heart is evident on the page. I also liked the incorporation of others stories. The use of other women's personal feelings show how alike we are as women. We share the same struggles, fears, challenges, desires, and though these things may look different on each one of us, Jesus has the answer. Clark also emphasizes that just like our struggles look different on each woman, God's answer will look different as well. Meaning that how we use God's Truth in our lives will be personalized to who we are as individuals. I would recommend this book for women of all ages. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter lend themselves beautifully to deep personal introspection or great group dialogue.
I am a blogger reviewer for NavPress.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Im impressed 15 April 2007
By Alisha T. Chapelo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read so many books where people beat around the bush and don't get to the point of what they are trying to say b/c's they are so inimidated to say it. This book was brilliant. The person who wrote the book was a very smart intelligent person. There are so many things that bring us down every single day. And the things we believe about ourselves and others are crippling to our lives sometimes. It really opened my eyes when Jerusha was talking about the lust issues that women face. I am a young married woman and its good to know you aren't alone in the things that you feel and thats its normal. However now I can really nail on the head what I am feeling and realize that I can come against it in the name of Jesus! My husband is not a strong Christian but this book shows me that if I can be an example even in the small things like looking at a nice looking man and wondering.... then I can learn to stop whereever that is going to take me next. I just turned 23 and was married at 20 so I can't really pinpoint how Im feeling sometimes. It is good hearing this truth and thank you for trusting God and writing this book, and also for your wise insight.
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