Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously

Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously

by Kelly Balarie
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Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously by Kelly Balarie

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.

"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

"The most difficult fights we will face in this life will not be on the outside; they will be within our own hearts and minds. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety throughout my life, I know this firsthand. Battle Ready will help encourage, empower, and equip you to live in true victory."--Holley Gerth, bestselling author of Fiercehearted

"Battle Ready will equip and empower you, teaching you where to park your mind during difficult times. Its practical advice and pen-to-paper reflection sections, coupled with the truths of Scripture sprinkled throughout, will enable you to avoid defeat and discouragement and walk confidently in faith instead. Highly recommended."--Karen Ehman, national speaker, New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All

"Battle Ready is a field manual for the mind. If you desire to think more like Christ, its truths, stories, personal applications, and discoveries will undoubtedly lead you to renewed places of peace, hope, and life."--Elisa Morgan, speaker and author of The Beauty of Broken

"Relational, emotional, and physical trials often hit one hundred miles an hour, making us feel defenseless and powerless. This no longer has to be the case. Battle Ready, an exploratory, hands-on book, provides dozens of mind-renewing truths, hope-building exercises, and habit-changing techniques to help you endure the worst of times, with Jesus, as if it was the best of times."--Shannon Ethridge, MA, life/relationship coach and bestselling author of Every Woman's Battle series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801019357
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 96,162
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kelly Balarie is the author of Fear Fighting and is a passionate national speaker who has spent nearly ten years leading groups of women in spiritual growth, marriage building, and general Bible studies across the nation. Balarie is a featured blogger at and, and her work has been featured by Relevant, (in), and Today's Christian Woman. She lives with her husband and two small children near the sun-soaked shores of the East Coast.

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Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Emily Saxe 2 days ago
This book gives amazing, real-life examples of how to prepare your heart and mind for battle against the enemy. From page 1 I was resonating with Kelly’s examples, and I so appreciate how she is willing to be vulnerable and honest in her writing. And she is certainly a challenger! Each chapter is packed with not only her own experiences, but ways the reader can be challenged and can grow through each topic. What I really appreciate about this book is how it’s very different from your normal Christian Living kind of book. Kelly doesn’t just share the context of struggle and preparation, but she gives practical advice and steps to move forward for the reader. If you desire to learn how to rid yourself of self-doubt and discouraging thoughts, this is certainly the book for you!
AmyWa 3 days ago
This book has a ton and I mean a ton of content. The author doesn’t recommended reading it all at once and I agree. This book is meant to digest a little at a time. Each chapters contains a strategy to help you battle in your mind. If you are looking for a resource to help you walk through renewing your mind, I would recommend looking at this book. The style is a little more workbook than book with all the tips so it might be worth glancing through it at your local book store to see if it is a fit for you. I was blessed to receive a complimentary copy but I wasn’t required to write a positive review.
mollymadonna 13 days ago
If you're craving positive, lasting change in your life, Battle Ready is about to land itself on top of the stack of items you can't leave home without. Kelly's heart for life change and transformation pour out of this book from the start. Her passion to guide and lead women to freedom and restoration in Christ is contagious...this is a book you'll go back to again and again as a resource and help in key seasons, and a companion to keep right alongside your Bible as you run after greater hope and authentic joy. What I love most about Battle Ready are the tangible actions and steps Kelly provides in every chapter. There are things we can do right now--today!--to move ourselves, our hearts, our lives and our futures toward the dreams we have and the big things we're called to in faith. Kelly's words are vulnerable, honest and welcoming. She is living out what she's written, and she offers her own stories in a way that immediately lends credibility and trust. As her reader, it feels like I'm entering in with a good friend. Battle Ready is the real deal, and I truly believe it will bring life transformation to anyone willing to begin. This is not a read it and forget it kind of book. It's the kind you want to share with the people you love, and one you'll refer back to for years to come.
Anonymous 15 days ago
The battles we face in life often win, defeating us in our mind. Negative thoughts and internal chatter lie to us. But Kelly shows us how to retrain and reset our minds so we are declared the victor. "Battle Ready" lays out a battle plan for the fight. Are you ready to conquer and walk in freedom?
Dragonfly1976 16 days ago
Battle Ready is written by Kelly Balarie, it is full of reminders, lessons for each and every one of us. What we think in our head often turns into action which can steer us in the wrong direction. Kelly gives 12 mind sets to give victory over any battles we may face. It's a book that needs reading more than once, because there is too much in-site to take it all in on the first reading. Have your highlighter ready, you will want to highlight many key points so you can return to them later to study.
Dragonfly1976 16 days ago
Battle Ready is written by Kelly Balarie, it is full of reminders, lessons for each and every one of us. What we think in our head often turns into action which can steer us in the wrong direction. Kelly gives 12 mind sets to give victory over any battles we may face. It's a book that needs reading more than once, because there is too much in-site to take it all in on the first reading. Have your highlighter ready, you will want to highlight many key points so you can return to them later to study.
SusanMB 16 days ago
“Battle Ready” by Kelly Balarie is an amazing read! It is so much more than a book. I consider it to be a Spiritual tool guide to be Battle Ready! I feel it’s essential reading material to equip us for the battles and discouragement we encounter daily. “Battle Ready” provides thought-provoking questions, lessons, action steps, key points, prayers, and biblical verses and truths, to live in our awareness and faith in Christ. Kelly Balarie walks the reader through real-life examples, the good, the bad, and the ugly, to help move us beyond where we are stuck and feeling defeated. “Battle Ready” is not a light read, yet it’s rich in wisdom, scripture, and faith-filled truths. It’s a book you will pick up again and again as you walk through various seasons of life. Kelly writes beautifully and with genuine honesty and vulnerability. She is passionate about equipping our minds and hearts with the Spiritual tools needed to face our daily battles. “Battle Ready” is an easy to follow battle plan with twelve mindsets to train and transform our thought patterns and actionable steps to live them out. We can reclaim our identity in Christ and live our lives in victory! Kelly Balarie has written an empowering and encouraging book that speaks to the defeat and soul-weariness we often feel. I am confident you’ll be blessed and love “Battle Ready” as much as I do!
Anonymous 16 days ago
Battle Ready is an amazing book that equips you with numerous ways to fight the battle in your mind. This book offers sound advice on how to deal with your thoughts by counteracting them with what God says. Battle Ready is a great tool to keep you focused on living a victorious life. The examples and stories Kelly Balarie provides lets you know you aren’t alone in the battle and that there are ways to fight and come out on top. If you no longer want to feel defeated and become a conqueror, then this book is for you.
DorisSwift 16 days ago
This book inspired me to make positive changes in my life! What new possibilities and limitless heights could we reach with God if we could just overcome defeating and negative thoughts and feelings? God has plans for us, but the enemy prowls around daily threatening to devour us, our purpose, and our calling. In Kelly’s book, Battle Ready, we find a proven battle plan against the enemy’s lies and practical steps to implement a strong, godly, and victorious thought-life and develop healthy habits that stick. Straight from God’s Word of truth, Kelly takes us through 12 biblical mind-sets that will help us overcome defeating and negative self-talk and lies from the enemy. This book inspired me to get off the couch and get back in shape! God wants us healthy and strong physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Battle Ready is filled with God’s inspired Word and Kelly’s personal stories of overcoming life’s challenges through Christ. We face a battle every day but we don’t need to face it alone. Grab a copy of this book today and it makes a great gift as well! - Doris Swift, Author of Goodbye Regret, Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes.
Debbie Kitterman 16 days ago
As a pastor and ministry leader, I know the importance of being “Battle Ready!” Kelly's new book is a power-packed resource of battle proven strategies! Kelly hits it hard from page one, but the end of the book holds my favorite chapters. I love the way Kelly is equipping women to walk in freedom, so they can move forward to walk in God’s purpose for their lives. One of my favorite chapters is: Warrior Mind-Set #9 Eternity – where Kelly talks about "now is the time for Jesus." We are called to be “do or die biker chicks” for Jesus, we have eternity on the line.
Anonymous 16 days ago
An arsenal to capture the lies and strengthen your faith. This book opened my eyes to thoughts and beliefs that held me down in fear and paralysis. Reading this book I realized how little I was taking my thoughts captive, and how weak my faith had become. "Discouragement makes us see what we don't have and forget what we do have." "If it is God's kindness that saves us, why do we keep speaking mean to ourselves." "I sowed the thought- I can't do this, I reaped an - identity of failure". This book has the most practical action steps to take your thoughts captive and to strengthen your faith. Taking action with the steps from Battle Ready has returned my confidence, energy and JOY, despite the storms happening around me. It has reminded me of the right focus and equipped me with the ability to push through the obstacles meant to stop me.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Kelly Balarie's transparency pulled me right in and her message become relevant to me. This read is filled with truth, scripture, life changing testimonies and jam packed with powerful heart questions that help the readers to coach themselves. The Psalmist, King David tells us in Psalm 62:8 to pour out our heart before God. Well, Kelly has provided a tool through this book to do just that. Take each question and bring it before God and allow Him to show you your heart and who you are in Him. The message of this book encourages the reader to take a close look at their thoughts and heart and discover the truth. The battle starts in our minds and hearts. It is time to get Battle Ready and be set free. John 8:32 says You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. I highly recommend this book.
GayIdle 16 days ago
In John 16:33, Jesus Himself tells us that we can have peace in spite of the fact that we are going to face troubles in this fallen world. But in spite of this, we go on with our 'day-to-day' existence unprepared for the battle ahead. The enemy of your soul wants nothing more than to jump into your weakest moments and ambush your faith, leaving you weak and exhausted and doubting the Lord's love for you. Don't wait for that to happen. In order to experience the 'peace that passes understanding', we need to be ready for the battle...before it occurs. In Battle Ready, Kelly Balarie provides a variety of biblical truths to begin to renew the mind, exercises to boost our hope, and habit-altering strategies to equip and prepare us to be ready to stand firm when the attacks come...even to experience peace in the midst of the mess. The hardest battle is the battle of the mind. In Battle Ready, we are given 12 biblical warrior mind-sets to overcome our own negative self-talk and to overcome the enemies lies. We spend so much time getting our bodies in shape. This book will help you get your thought life in shape and in line with God's will for your life. I highly recommend this book. It's not a quick's more of a practical, hands-0n guide to walk you through the tools you need to equip your heart, spirit, and mind to be Battle Ready.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I’ve struggled with my negativity and thoughts, my whole life. I didn’t think I could change. After reading this book, all those lies were just that lies. With God behind me, I can start over. Lots of meat in this book and tips for changing our default behavior with thoughts, fears, and doubts. You will need to go slow in this book and digest all and ponder it all because there’s so much great stuff. I truly believe this book will change our lives. We want to change, don't we?!?
Anonymous 16 days ago
Just finished reading Battle Ready by Kelly Balarie! Loved every page. Game-changer. The author gives solid, practical, biblical wisdom framed as 12 different Warrior Mindsets that will equip us for battles of many kinds. Kelly unpacks each of the Warrior Mindsets with a generous helping of transparency, compassion, scripture, encouragement, and how-to real girl tips. Each chapter has great talking points, a summary, a prayer, and study questions that are perfect for small group discussion. This is not a one-and-done quick Bible study book to put on the shelf when you’ve read through the first time. It’s something you will want to dig back into and digest a little at a time. I plan to use it for my women’s group this fall!
KEShttlwrth 16 days ago
"A Woman armed with the power and protection of God can't easily be taken down." One of the best books ever! 'Battle Ready' is a practical, empowering, and encouraging guide that will help you to avoid defeat, discouragement, and face challenges. Kelly inspires us to shift our thought patterns and equips us with a battle ready mindset full of truth, love, peace and prayer. Kelly has so much love for her readers, followers, and God. In one of her recent post she writes "Don't ever doubt your ability to be the battle-answer to someone looking for someone: to save them." Like guys really let that soak in for a minute!!! I seriously adore her. #HeartToBattle #WarriorSisters
HarborBlack 16 days ago
I was blessed enough to be part of the pre-release and this book has changed me- through the life giving work of the Bible- and Kelly's ability to teach me how to recognize the attacks on my mind, target them and apply God's promises to fight them! I have never felt so free and excited about the good work that is happening in my life, now that my eyes are open to the purposes of my struggle. I am #battleready
MelissaGH 16 days ago
Totally outstanding book. Encouraging and uplifting. Be brave in sharing your faith. Don't let doubts interfere with living a life honoring God. Filled with insight and Biblical applications, this is a book for anyone with doubts and for anyone ready to learn how to be bold. I received a copy of this book and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
SarahEKoontz 16 days ago
This book is packed with actionable steps, relatable stories, thought-provoking questions, and powerful, biblical truths. But I wouldn’t really classify it as a book, it’s more of a reference tool—a guide, a manual. It’s one of those books you stick on your bedside table and refer to often throughout the ups and downs of life. Kelly Balarie’s writing reminds us that feelings are not reality & God’s Word provides the only stability we need in a world that’s been turned topsy-turvy. As we learn how to focus in on God’s truth, we experience the kind of victory only He can provide. If you’ve ever struggled with self-doubt, comparison, defeat, or loneliness—this book is for you! Kally’s words teach us how to exchange limitations for expectation. She encourages and equips us to take small steps on a daily basis that will help us become bigger, better, bolder fighters. She offers hope for every woman, every battle, and every circumstance—because of who Jesus Christ is and what Jesus Christ has done for us. Simply stated, Kelly shows us a better way to battle! Here are a few of my favorite take-aways from the book: • God wants open hearts, not perfect hearts. • Small victories in everyday battles prepare us for the ultimate victory in life’s biggest battle. • Repentance leads to restoration. • What we nurture in our hearts fills our minds and flows into our lives. • Rest in God’s provision, rejoice in God’s direction, and rejuvenate your weary soul. If you only read one section of this book—read warrior mindset 12—it’s not about us after all! It’s about Jesus and all He has done for us. Once we can grasp this beautiful truth, we are free to battle courageously, and live victoriously. My only caution to readers is this: don’t try to read and apply the whole book to your life in a week. Your brain might just explode! Just pick one powerful truth to focus on at a time. Allow that truth to infuse your soul and invest time and energy into applying it to your everyday life. Once you feel confident you’ve “got it down,” return to Kelly’s words and find another truth to focus on. **I received an advanced copy from the publisher for review purposes
Leslie405 16 days ago
Do you lack confidence? Are you battling insecurity? Do you struggle with negative thinking? If so, Battle Ready is a book you need to read. Inside you’ll find twelve warrior mind-sets that will help you exchange your self-doubt and fears for truth that will help you move forward. This book has helped me understand my negative thought processes. When I read it I’m often saying, “Me, too!” and I don’t feel alone. I really like how each major mindset is broken up into points with real-life situations and examples. I love the 30-second mind-lifters and the focus through the entire book on thinking the right thoughts. Kelly has peeled back the layers, exposed the lies, and then led us to the truth. This book is hands-on confidence-building through and through, and you’ll find it powerful for exchanging negative thinking for truth and peace. The end result is a transformed life – transformed by the power of God’s Word.
Anonymous 22 days ago
For so long I have felt trapped by my negative patterns of thinking. When I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Battle Ready is full of practical methods and mindsets you can adopt to be ready for all the battles you will face. This book can literally change your life. God used Kelly’s words to work on my mind and my heart. This book taught me how to change my thoughts in order to change my life. If you’re looking for practical methods to change your thought patterns, then this is the book for you.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Do you ever have unkind thoughts about others that aren’t warranted? Does your heart ever feel hardened towards other without cause? Kelly Balarie is so honest in her writings. She’s so vulnerable and shares the honest battles she has in her mind. I could so relate and felt like she was speaking words of battles that have go on my own head and heart. Each chapter shares a Warrior Mindset that focuses on a keyword. At the end of each chapter Kelley recaps the important points, questions pertaining to the chapter, a prayer and other helpful questions and thoughts. These ‘extras’ in this book are great discussion points that would be awesome for a Bible Study group. love this nugget from the book; '’This is important: a big, healthy, godly heart doesn't look like a perfect heart. It's open hearts, not perfect hearts, that find the grace of God that let's them stay near to Him”. Opening our hearts to love and extending grace to others as well as ourselves.Opening ourselves up to love. I love how throughout the book she references my favorite Bible passage. Ephesians 3:15-21. God, His love is immeasurably more and can do immeasurably more than we can think or ask. Thank you Kelly for this book!
Urban_Hillbilly 25 days ago
This is a book that you could reread ten times and get something new out of it each time. It is spiritually challenging and upbeat. Any woman who feels spiritually weak should read it. Though it is written for woman, there is not reason why men would not get anything out of it, so ladies, let your significant other read it. too.
NickiA 25 days ago
"Insecurity does not equal humility." The humility chapter in this book speaks right to my heart. It's all about invitations, and how I've been missing them. How in fear, I've been missing out on God's best. Kelly's book is eye-opening and jam-packed with practical action steps to take back the ground we've lost along the way. We have a very real enemy that wants to keep us from God's very best. #BattleReadyBook is an excellent tool for fighting back in the real world we live in. I'm fighting back, and you can too!