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Best-selling author Jerusha Clark shares the freedom found in shifting our thoughts from the everyday to the eternal.
Women can struggle with tormenting thoughts about their relationships and identity while dealing with thoughts of shame and guilt. Every Thought Captive explores the unique nature of the female mind and examines the sources of fears and stress.
Drawing from personal experiences, including struggles with eating disorders and depression, best-selling author Jerusha Clark shares the freedom found in shifting your thoughts from the everyday to the eternal.
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I have quite a few of Jerusha (& Jeramy) Clark's books. They are definitely good quality! Every Thought Captive is a challenging read and I think it would have at least something that absolutely every woman could benefit from. There is no woman on the planet who doesn't struggle with toxic beliefs in some area of life and this book meets you right there. It would be a great book to use as a women's Bible study and would cover a broad range of ages and stages.
Jerusha is straight down the line and her bottom line is finding what the Bible says. She has a lot of personal experience to draw from and also shares the true-life experiences of others. While she doesn't hold back from the truth, she shares it with compassion and empathy and understanding. She is not about telling you what to do but about reaching out a helping hand as a fellow-traveller in life's journey.
9/4/2010 5:13:37 AM
Excellent, Bible-based book
"Every Thought Captive" is an excellent book for women who have self-worth issues, who have trouble with worry/anxiety, forgiveness, envy, lust, eating habits or body issues, depression, those who crave acceptance from others, and those who get trapped into extreme business or fall into apathy. The author covers problems, some common to everyone, but from a distinctly female perspective.
She shared stories of women who struggle with or have struggled with these issues. She then identified the root of the problem and shed the light of Biblical truth on the various lies women may believe who have this problem. Not every problem--or every lie listed under each problem--will apply to every woman. She deliberately gave a wide list to try to help the reader recognize if they have the problem and to apply the truth that specifically addresses the lie they believe. The author was never condemning in tone--many of these problems were lies she believed and the rest were lies her close friends have struggled with.
I really liked how she focused on using the truths from the Bible, replacing the lies believed with the truth that frees. If you think you (or, in the case of men, your wife or daughter) may have a problem with one of the issues listed above, especially body issues ("I hate my body"), then I'd highly recommend this excellent, easy to understand book.
I received this book as a review copy from NavPress.
1/4/2010 9:19:27 AM
Pinpointing the most common lies women believe
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.
12/28/2009 7:33:42 PM
Every Thought Captive
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.
11/19/2009 9:45:40 AM
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I read Jerusha's book 'Everythought Captive" a year ago or so. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It is definately the best book I have read that has helped me with personal issues, except for the Bible that is. I feel as if Jerusha wrote my life. It was actually weird reading it in a way because it was so much like my life.
4/27/2008 2:03:00 PM