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Escaping the Matrix: Setting Your Mind Free to Experience Real Life in Christ by [Boyd, Gregory A., Larson, Al]
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In some way or another most of us are "stuck" - in a secret sin we can't control or maybe by an inability to stand up for ourselves. In "Escaping the Matrix", authors Gregory A. Boyd and Al Larson use the vehicle of "The Matrix" film trilogy to argue that our struggles with habitual sin, thought patterns, damaged emotions, and phobias happen because we do not know how to take charge of the way we experience reality. The authors draw on biblical and psychological insights to provide practical resources for helping believers escape the matrix of the world system that ensnares them. While this book is aimed at the newest generation of Christian readers, all ages will be inspired by the book's innovative strategies for experiencing a deeper life in Christ.

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What is in control of your mind?
Like the characters in The Matrix movie trilogy, our minds can get hardwired to distortions that lie so deep within us that we aren't even aware of them. Whether it's habitual sin, thought patterns, damaged emotions, or even phobias, we all know of something that is holding us back.
In Escaping the Matrix pastor Gregory Boyd and clinical psychologist Al Larson bring together the biblical and neurological truths behind such struggles. Their practical examples and exercises will help you transform your thought processes to experience a deeper life in Christ. Are you prepared to escape the world's Matrix that controls you? Get ready to free your mind.

"Boyd and Larson brilliantly utilize the metaphors from the recent movie series The Matrix as a framework for the book. This a most enjoyable read."-Bobby G. Bodenhamer, D.Min.; pastor; author; cofounder, Institute of Neuro-Semantics
"This is a must read for Christians desiring to grow in their relationship with Christ and desiring to assist others in finding real life in Christ."-Stanley H. McCreary, Ph.D., professor of Christian counseling, Central Christian College of the Bible
"This work is well grounded in Scripture, current in the neuro-sciences, and practical for everyday living. It is a must read for every pastor, counselor, coach, teacher, and parent."-L. Michael Hall, Ph.D., author, The Matrix Model
"If the desire of your heart is to be all that God has created you to be, and to serve him with joy and gladness, then Escaping the Matrix is the book for you! Read it, apply it, and you will be free!"-Mike Davis, assistant pastor, By His Spirit Fellowship, Chino, California

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080106533X
  • Publisher: Baker Books (1 April 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Hello Gregory Boyd,
I hope you will find the time to read this review someday, so you can know how much you books (Seeing Is Believing: Experience Jesus Through Imaginative Prayer AND Escaping the Matrix: Setting Your Mind Free to Experience Real Life in Christ) has affected my life.

With the truths contain in these books, I now have the right methods to renew my mind and my life in Christ has become REAL. I can now experience the Truths of who I am in Christ and experience the awesome Love our ever present and caring DADDY has for me.

I have finally come to the knowledge of what Jesus meant when He said "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein". For I can now actually SAVOUR God's word and experience it with the childlike faith and imagination.

Greg thanks for your labour of Love for the Body of Christ. I LOVE you dearly and may God strengthen you with his power that is at work in You.
Joseph Amen
From Valencia, Spain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 5 Aug. 2005
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It is certainly not suprising that many do not like this work. This is, of course, especially true of Calvinists, who tend to promote an anti- most things experiential/anti-most things scientific world view. This book is excellent for anyone familiar with recent developments in the study of cognitive science. It is really a work that consciously focuses on Christian meditiation, which is a lost art in Christian discipline today. Unfortunately, most Evagelicals that discuss the issue of meditation are given the label of "New Age." When, in fact, part of the disciple of meditation is aligning your metal experience to align with what Scripture says about the world and our relationship with God. This book provides a significant look at how Satan uses out mind to deceive us about God and our relationship with him. I recommend it to anyone wanting to understand Christian meditation.
58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the love for people? 15 July 2005
By Kaluza Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm deeply saddened when I happened to stumble upon the reviews written about this book. First, this book shouldn't be considered terribly groundbreaking as the methods are practically identical to that of Theophostic prayer ministry. Now, personally, I know of serveral people who have received much freedom from this form of counseling. I'm not stating it's the only way, or course not, in fact, I'm not even stating it's the "most excellent way," but I don't discredit the results (read good fruit) just because they don't fit neatly into my cultural/religious paradigm.

Personally, I don't agree with Boyd on a lot of issues (The Problem of Evil has yet to convince me of his psuedo-annihilationist views) but I think he does a good job of majoring on the Majors and minoring on the Minors.

Also, it should be known, for what it's worth, that the Matrix was actually first written by a deeply devoted Christian woman, who had the script plagiarized and bastardized (in my opinion) into what we saw at the Theaters. I think, honestly, that most of the Matrix purports a mostly Gnostic gospel, full of lies and myths. However, that is not to say a person using these timely cultural references to bring a message of love, healing, and restoration to people who would normally not pickup a Christian book is out of line.

I'm more worried about psychology that denies the need for appeal to a God or Holy Spirit than a book whose steps include asking for help from the Holy Spirit and dialoguing directly with Christ to see what He, you know, the Lord of Lords, would say about you. I commend Gregory Boyd for stepping out and taking on such a "hot" topic out of love and compassion for those hurting in this world.

And it should be said, that I daily pray for the day when these types of tools are no longer beneficial because the Bride of Christ has become so much like Him that the mere words they speak will contain healing and power. There is a revelation of the cross, and what was accomplished there, that still needs to come forth.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for our times 14 Sept. 2007
By James the less - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book. I do a lot of counseling with folks and I know it will be an extremely useful tool. I think it gives great insight in how we remember, based on experience rather than words. Negative experiences can be planted in our mind in split seconds, and just trying to annul it by right thinking does not always work. I took time with this and tried it on myself and I found it to be very effective, so I can say I've been really blessed by it. It's a book to take your time with.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Bitter Readers . . . 6 May 2006
By Backfist - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, seems like some reviewers are really upset that this book doesn't provide a comprehensive conversion/education. I found it to be an interesting allegorical juxtapostion of Christianity with a popular movie, and a thought provoking way to harness the appeal of an approchable popular mythos to invigorate an occasionally staid and lethargic sprituality.

But what do I know . . .?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual, another great book with Boyd's name on it. 9 Feb. 2012
By Michael Beverly - Published on Amazon.com
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Edit late 2012: I've become an atheist and renounced Christianity over the last few months, that said, I'm leaving this and many of my old reviews intact. I love Boyd as an author, I believe he is one of Christianities greatest modern thinkers. I don't believe in the "God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit" like he does (for a variety of reasons) but I did learn something recently reading an article in a magazine about memory.
Memory, new studies are finding, changes and is re-written in our brains when we recall events, this discovery is leading to new research and new drugs that might help people with traumatic events in their lives.
How it works is like this: you recall a memory of being attacked by a dog when you were four years old with a therapist in conjunction with using these neuron blockers and the brain can no longer store the memory as traumatic (because, now, as an older logical person, you realize that not all dogs are bad and at the moment the memory is being written you are sitting comfortably in a chair with a therapist). Anyway, that's it in a nutshell.

So what am I saying in this edit? This stuff works, it does, I've prayed for people and seen it work, but not because Jesus was really "there" when you were a four year old being attacked by a dog, but because you create the memory fresh when you recall it, so while praying about the attack, you insert Jesus, he "loves you" and he "cared for you while you thought your face was going to be bitten off",,,,etc....Not that Jesus actually stopped the attack, but hey, he cared about it.

Now the new memory is re-written in the brain, EXCEPT the memory is changed, because this is how brain chemistry works, you actually believe Jesus was right there, holding your hand while the dog attacked you, the stranger mugged you or the rapist raped you. The new memory has Jesus in it, not because he was there caring for you, but because you BELIEVE he was there caring for you. You could reprogram the brain with Santa Claus as the nice guy and the chemistry would change just the same way, it's how the brain has evolved.

End Edit.

It is always interesting reading the negative reviews, I used to review a lot of political books and I could always expect a ton of negative feedback from anyone that was "against" the person or the viewpoint of the work. Most often the negative reviews on those books are from people that didn't read the book, just don't like "fill in the blank" type politics. The same can be said of many Christian books.

This one is a bit edgy, for sure, it's not the same intensity level of notes and research that is in God at War for instance, but that doesn't mean the information is not good.

I read through the book rather quickly, without spending much time on the exercises because I wanted to read the whole thing first, get a good grasp on the ideas the authors were trying to get across and then go back. I intend to read it again more slowly and the second time spend time working through the exercises.

When the movie Matrix came out, I went to see it three times at the movie theater because the message really impacted me, we are strangers in a strange land, aliens with a home somewhere else. We instinctively know this, that something is wrong, that's what the "splinter" in the mind means. I used to obsess over this when I was very young. I'd imagine I was traveling through the universe and coming to a wall at the "end of the universe" I'd ask myself if anything could possibly be beyond that wall, and if so, how and why. These obsessions ended when I began to learn of the Creator God that created the universe and was bigger than His creation.

How that relates to the book is that the "splinter" in the mind is the the tug that tells us something is wrong, and to go looking for reality.

When, at a young age, a child is traumatized by a dog, water or something along these lines, the brain, in an effort to protect ourselves from future harm, instantly creates a file that is later accessed without thought and immediately whenever that same trigger happens, thus an adult in their forties can still have an emotional response to things like dogs, heights, planes or spiders.

We all recognize these phenomena and it's often easy to fix ourselves in the more obvious cases, most adults aren't still afraid of all the things that scared us growing up. Where the book gets really interesting and was most helpful to me were in the areas of emotional responses to major life events that are highly complex and how we recreate in our minds what God is like, often in erroneous ways.

For instance, the brain can instantly create an emotion about God that isn't true, that we "know" intellectually isn't true and would claim to be a lie, yet because our brain instantly conveyed this emotion, much the same way seeing a dog might cause someone to feel the emotional response of fear, we act and feel in conjunction with the lie instead of what we "know" to be the truth.

So the book is about helping us escape this "matrix", the exercises are step by step processes to help move our emotions into alignment with what we know to be the truth.

While I intend to do a more through work on the exercises, I did use some of them already in small doses and I found it to be helpful and I did find myself training my brain to trigger a response in alignment with what my beliefs are, as opposed to defaulting to something negative that was installed in my past.

I know it sounds complex, but the authors were very good at explaining this process and what they mean in the book, it's not really that difficult to understand (nor to believe--as so much of it will strike a cord of being so obviously true). I highly recommend this book, and I do believe it would be most useful done in a book study group or in therapeutic work, etc.
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