Train your mind to conquer challenges, defeat doubt, and live victoriously.
That’s the tagline for this book by Kelly Balarie.
I loved reading this book. It’s so practical and gives a wonderful toolbox to help when your mind gets crowded with doubt and fear.
Too often we fail to prepare for our battles. So when challenges, troubles, or opportunities arise, we rapidly become burdened with limiting thoughts of self-doubt, fear, impossibility, and lack. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can train our minds to conquer uncertainty, beat insecurity, and step past the tragedies of yesterday.
Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life. You’ll gain practical wisdom, like how to
· make new habits stick in just five steps
· disarm the seven most common attacks that plague women
· exchange self-limiting thoughts for purpose-driven, love-releasing thoughts
· implement thirty-second mind-lifters that deliver peace
· create boundaries so you live life full of what matters
You can live victoriously.
And when a couple of authors that I’ll read again and again have good things to say about a book printed right on the back cover, you know it’s one you need to pick up.
“The most difficult fights we will face in this life will be within our own hearts and minds. Battle Ready will help encourage, empower, and equip you to live in true victory.”–Holley Gerth, bestselling author of Fiercehearted
“The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy’s tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!”–Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
What I loved most about this book was its practicality. It’s not just a bunch of words aimed at you, telling you what to do. It’s a guide that walks you through questions, plans, and reflections to help you decide how you’re going to reorient your mind. Balarie compares our minds to a Smart Phone, talking about how we can use it to its full potential or we can let it use us, essentially. What’s surprising about this book, though, is that although it’s powerful and deep, it’s a well-written and accessible approach to becoming battle ready. Usually, books that tackle these heavy topics are as equally heavy as their topic, but that is not so with this book. Kelly Balarie manages to pack powerful, practical, important advice and learning into a light, easy read, and I really appreciate that.
I highly encourage this book. And I highly encourage you to take the time to really reflect on what you’re learning and to fill in the various places Kelly gives you to write, or think, or stop to pray. Doing the work will help solidify the principles you’ll learn as you read. There are also questions for group discussion at the end of each chapter so that if you’re like me, and you’re tempted to gather a few friends to read through this together and really dig in, the work is done for you without having to buy a separate study guide. I really appreciate that, as well.
Another thing I loved was the idea of sowing and reaping. I’ve never thought of this concept in quite such a way as the way Kelly lays it out in this book. The thoughts we sow reap varying outcomes. We can train our thoughts, and therefore we can impact the outcomes of our thoughts. Isn’t this a cool idea? We can be freer from our inner critics and our comparisons and judgments of ourselves and others.
I particularly enjoyed the way this was framed. This isn’t a “must-do” step-by-step process, but rather we’re offered 12 “Warrior Mindsets” to help shift the way we think so that we’re ready for anything. I love the idea of being a warrior in the fight against the enemy that can and does wiggle into my brain. I’m very thankful for this book.
Also check out www.iambattleready.com for even more resources to accompany this book!
Check it out here, on Amazon.ca.
Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.