Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform The Way You Think, Feel and Live by Tracie Miles
Published April 1, 2017 by David C. Cook
Genres Nonfiction, Christian, Self Help
For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle—especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard. For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn’t seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.
I really enjoyed this book because it reminds readers that everyone is struggling with something in their lives. Throughout the book, the author shares a variety of stories, each one describing a difficult situation that someone has gone through and then gives practical ways of dealing with different emotions. In each chapter there is also scripture listed that goes along with that particular topic. The author also provides stories about herself throughout the book. Some of the topics the book covers includes learning to replace pessimism with positive thinking, learning how joy and happiness are based on choice, how to overcome negative thinking and learning how to stop feeling hopeless and start feeling hope filled. I believe that the topics the author talks about in this book are something that most of us can not only relate to, but would all also benefit from making some of these positive changes.
The book is broken down into 10 chapters, each focusing on a different topic. At the end of each chapter there are two sections, one titled “Mind-Renewing Memory Verses” and one titled “Chapter Challenge.” “Mind-Renewing Memory Verses” gives the reader several verses from scripture that not only fit the topic being discussed in that chapter, but that will also help the reader to implement the positive changes being discussed. “Chapter Challenge” gives readers a challenge to help implement the positive changes discussed in the chapter, such as journaling, making lists or other related exercises that will help the reader with the given topic. There are also questions at the end of each chapter that make the reader think about their own life, thoughts and choices and how the relate to the topic being discussed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, as well as the author’s style of writing. The topics covered are important ones and I do believe that almost everyone can not only relate to this book, but would find it helpful. I truly believe if everyone learned to be more positive and hope filled, no matter their circumstances, that we could make this world a much better place. And I think this book would be an excellent resource for anyone looking to make those changes in their lives. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced reading copy of this book.