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(Review) Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel, and Live by Tracie Miles

Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. April 1, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian Living, Renewing the Mind.
Pages: 224.
Source: I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: Excellent.

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About the Author: Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who's spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She's the author of "Your Life Still Counts" and "Stressed-Less Living," and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.

About the Book: 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. In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie's and other women's personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:
-Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
-Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
-Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
-Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
-Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.

My Thoughts: 
At first sight, my feelings about the book were curiosity, but I was not interested in reading another "let's just think positive thoughts and everything will be fine kind of book." For me, this is not reality. It is not real life. I wanted to read concrete concepts. Real examples from the Bible as to how to retrain the brain. I am pleased to review this book passed my test. 
Several reasons led me to admire this book:
  • Chapter One is "Your Feelings Aren't the Boss of You." I love this saucy attitude against negative thinking. In this chapter, a subtitle section is "The Stronghold of Negativity." "A stronghold is anything that holds us back from living life the way God intended and hinders our ability to live with optimism and full of peace, love, joy, and hope." This is a chapter that caught my attention. Negative thinking has a consequence and it can give birth to a stronghold. It is a battle that can be won by Scripture, "great faith," and changing out thoughts. "Either we can think thoughts that are pitiful or we can think thoughts that are powerful. The choice is ours." 
  • I love Miles giving the reader (me) a choice. We can choose to think differently. We don't have to stay in the negativity pity part of our mind. 
  • Miles cheered me on in the steadfastness of a changed mind. 
  • At the end of each chapter are exercises. "Strategies For Transforming Your Thinking," "Mind Renewing Memory Verses" and "Chapter Challenge." Some of the exercises include journaling. 
  • In chapter 2, "What we think becomes who we are." Thinking shows in our feelings and attitudes, and is displayed by our words and behavior. An example Miles uses is dwelling on past sin. Beating up herself over a sin committed in the past and God has forgiven. Miles learned to replace the lie for God's truth
  • In chapter 8, Miles encouraged me to evaluate what I think about. To evaluate my perspective. I'd not thought about doing this but I feel it is solid advice that I have implemented.
  • In chapter 9, spiritual warfare is addressed. We can not ignore the reality of spiritual warfare. I must be alert. I'm most vulnerable when I'm "sad, insecure, angry, afraid, discouraged, and hopeless, because when we neglect to anchor our minds in Christ, those emotions can easily pull us under."   
Unsinkable Faith is a solid and encouraging study on changing our negative thinking into positive thinking; and by realizing and rejecting those negative thoughts, and replacing them with the positive nature of God's Word.