Silent Takeover: Overcoming Emotional, Mental & Addictive Disorders

Silent Takeover: Overcoming Emotional, Mental & Addictive Disorders

by Jacquelyn Sheppard


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How the Body Hijacks the Mind

"This book, like everything Jacquelyn Sheppard sets her mind to accomplish, is a work of wisdom."
—Penelope Edwards-Conrad, M.D., Integrative Neurologist

Do you feel like depression, anxiety, or addiction have hijacked your life? Mental and emotional disorders impact every part of society—and disrupt life for even the most spiritually devout, intelligent and respected people. Unfortunately, many who suffer from these devastating disorders seek healing through costly, and sometimes harmful, counseling and medications—measures which may bring temporary relief but do not fully correct the underlying problem. 

Jacquelyn Sheppard exposes the vital connection between your body, mind, and spirit—and gives you practical tools to:

  • understand the connection between your mind and body and discover root causes for such illnesses as depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, and others.
  • identify the life cycles of each disorder —prenatal, childhood, adolescence and adulthood— so you can overcome each cycle using the right tools.  
  • gain practical “know-how” to effectively combat these disorders through life-giving steps of health transformation.

Silent Takeover delivers ancient wisdom, accessible science, simple nutrition, and life experience while providing a clear blueprint to help you pioneer a new life. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780768409246
Publisher: Destiny Image, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jacquelyn Sheppard is a mother, grandmother, educator and writer. She and her husband, Glenn, live in Missouri on a ten-acre farm where they raise sheep and goats and spoil their eight grandchildren, who live in Boston, Kansas City and Northern Ireland. She is the founder of a private high school, a former journalist and photographer, and the co-founder of International Prayer Ministries. For the past 50 years, her extensive research, experience, and concepts concerning the body and the brain have enabled many to live better lives.

Table of Contents

Preface 17

Introduction: The Road That Led Me Here 19

Part 1 How the Body Affects the Mind 27

Below the Surface: Emotional, Mental, and Addictive Disorders Are Not All in Your Head 29

Chapter 1 Below the Surface: The Body and Brain Connection 31

Chapter 2 Your Ecosystem: Changing Your Mind by Changing Your Diet 41

Chapter 3 Emergence: When Mental Illness Is Not What It Seems 53

Chapter 4 A Gathering Storm: Why Pills Are Not a Cure 61

Part 2 How the Mind Affects the Body 67

On the Surface: Daily Decisions Affect Emotional, Mental, and Addictive Disorders 69

Chapter 5 On the Surface: How the Mind Changes the Body 71

Chapter 6 Beginning Today: You Control More Than You Think You Do 91

Chapter 7 Finding Solutions: Developing a Healthy Mind 107

Part 3 Putting the Puzzle Together 117

Above the Surface: Things Are Not Always What They Seem 119

Chapter 8 Finding the Way Out: Understanding Addictions 123

Chapter 9 Tough Questions: How Chemicals Change Your Life 143

Part 4 Redesigning Body, Soul, and Spirit 159

Beneath. On, and Above the Surface 161

Chapter 10 Getting Back to the Design: How Prayer Changes Your Body and Soul 163

Chapter 11 Redesigning Yourself: How Music Impacts Your Cells 177

Chapter 12 Corporate Redesign: How We Are Designed for Community Designing 193

Chapter 13 Finding the Illusive: Peace, Joy, and Quietness 209

Chapter 14 Finding Yourself: Is There Anyone Out There? 221

Notes 229

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

I am not into medical protocol, cannot understand medical equations but have had more than my share of life-threatening medical events. So I do know the difference between health and sickness.  I have happily chosen health over sickness. Jackie and the information in this book have been a part of my pursuit in implementing that decision.I am fairly certain that this book and its author represent a major breakthrough in the protocol of achieving and preserving good health.  Everybody who is searching for the keys of overall happiness and good health should read this book!
Jack Taylor
Melbourne, Florida 
President of Dimensions Ministries
Author of 13+ books
Broadman's best-selling author
Jacquelyn Sheppard’s book Silent Takeover gives an eye-opening look into the hidden dangers of seemingly innocuous elements in our environment.  Our brains are not separate from our bodies. Foods, sound, and light affect the production or inhibition the production of chemicals in our bodies that affect the way we think and behave. Depression, anxiety, addiction often have a physical as well as spiritual root. Jackie has been researching information for years and wants to help those who have been hijacked so they can regain both good health in body and mind.
J. Lee Grady
Former Editor, Charisma Magazine
Director, The Mordecai Project
As Christ’s Body, we are called by our Lord to minister to those who are sick and broken. Jesus commissioned His disciples to go forth with His Good News and “heal the sick.” This is a vital aspect of the gospel. In Silent Takeover, Jackie Sheppard offers well-researched insight, wisdom, and tools to respond to and care for those with emotional, mental, and addictive disorders.  Most significantly, the final chapters powerfully explore how prayer, worship, and community can make a life-changing difference to respond to these challenges in practical ways. Armed with this knowledge, the Church (and that means you and me) can become beacons of hope and healing for those who suffer among us. Read this timely and provocative guide and join God’s army of healers.
Dr. Dick Eastman
International President
Every Home for Christ

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Silent Takeover: Overcoming Emotional, Mental & Addictive Disorders 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind By: Jacquelyn Sheppard Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409246, $ 16.99, 2016, 254 pages Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, How the Body Affects the Mind and the Mind Affects the Body – A Plan for Redesigning Body, Soul and Spirit” In her book “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” Jacquelyn Sheppard sets out to establish the concept that emotional, mental disorders and other addictive behaviors are directly related to diet. She provides a “roadmap” for anyone looking for answers to two questions: “Why am I the way I am? What can be done to change my Life?” The book is made up of four parts. Part one deals with below the surface issues of emotional, mental, and addictive behaviors. Part two looks at surface issues; facing daily decisions and finding solutions to negative behaviors. Part three helps the reader understand addictions and look realistically at the impact of chemicals on everyday life. Part four provides strategies for redesigning body, soul, and spirit. Jacquelyn’s writing reveals sensitivity to the examples of shepherding in Jesus’ teaching and a spiritual tone that resonates with the reader, establishes rapport, and builds confidence in her assumptions. Sheppard’s extensive research often challenges generally recognized and more traditionally accepted interpretations of mental and emotional issues. Her meticulous chapter end-notes provide the reader with substantial suggestions for additional reading which confirm her conclusions. Her work is endorsed by professionals in the fields of medicine, education, and clergy. I found Jacquelyn Sheppard’s “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” to be immensely interesting and vitally informative. Highly Recommended. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"Silent Takeover: Overcoming Emotional, Mental, & Addictive Disorders" written by Jacquelyn Sheppard, is a health, Christian living book. It is a 244 page paperback book published by Destiny Image. "How the Body Hijacks the Mind" is also on the front cover. Wow, what a statement to explore. Author Sheppard has written a well organized, researched, and informative book on mental health and personal growth. It has biblical principles woven throughout it. She broaches tough subjects such as depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, among other illnesses and how the your body, mind, and spirit are connected. She was inspired to write this book to help others for personal reasons. She has suffered from poor health since she was a child. Her book is divided into four sections. The first one is how the body affects the mind. The second deals with how the mind affects the body. Her book's third section is entitled "Putting the Puzzle Together" where one chapter discusses addiction and the other how chemicals change your life. The last section is "Redesigning Body, Soul, and Spirit" which starts with a chapter on "How Prayer Changes Your Body and Mind". She ends her book with twenty five pages of notes on references. This book addresses the importance of proper nutrition. It reviews thing that might be missing and cause emotional, mental or addictive disorders. The fourth section of the book discusses the importance of prayer, music and silence for health in our lives. She tells us that rest is important, and reminds us that God set one day on the week aside for just that purpose. However, just listening to music isn't enough. The type of music we listen to is important. This book has so much information it was hard to absorb at one time. I had to read a few chapters and ponder what I had read. The author has done a wonderful job proving information in an easy to understand way, there is just a lot of it. She discusses brain cells and how long it takes for them to regenerate. Chemicals are in so many things that people don't even consider. She talks about chemicals in cookware and cosmetics. I found the information on inflammation interesting. Most everyone is or has been affected by inflammation somewhere in their bodies. She talks about the enemy (Satan) and how he attacks our health. She asks "could it possibly be that Satan and his evil forces may know more about sound and music than we do?" I would highly recommend this book. Everyone will glean something from it. It would be nice for anyone interested in how the mind and body affect each other or total health. If you or a family members suffers from an illness, especially mental, this book will provide insight. There are no discussion questions but a group would have no trouble discussing this informative book. It is one I will keep on my bookshelf and refer to later. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
What a great book to keep and use for a reference. I would give this book as a gift too. Having depression for years this book gave me a totally different view to take. Being able to understand the link between your mind and body can give you more insight. You can also discover the root to all of these mental and emotional disorders. I especially needed this book now and think God for giving me the opportunity to review it. I plan to use this book for more insight into my depression. I also plan to take charge of it. God can help us and guide us through all! I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Silent Takeover by Jacquelyn Sheppard is a fascinating book on the mind--body connection. Well documented with research and based on Judeo-Christian faith, the book is chock full of information regarding the biochemical makeup of the human brain and body. Even though the author discusses things like neurotransmitters, receptors, neurochemistry and the endocrine system, she has written in an easily understandable and easily readable manner, even for the non-medical reader. The book is laid out in four parts, How the body affects the mind, How the mind affects the body, Putting the puzzle together and Redesigning body, soul, and spirit. The discussions in these four parts run the gamut of genetics and gender issues, to addictions (not only to nicotine and alcohol but sugar as well) and mental disorders. Video games, soy products, fluoride, personal care products and even some of the cookware we use may have a devastating effect on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The information Sheppard gives is startling and yet she claims a reversal of these effects is possible and being informed and educated is the beginning of the battle to replace damaged cells with healthy ones. Stating there are over 6000 research studies on the effects of prayer and health, Sheppard asks "Could it be that prayer, because it is the communication system that reaches from you to Christ, is a means of recovery and healing of your body, soul, and spirit?" Other positive practices that may bring about healing are laughter, a Sabbath rest, fasting, silence and having a grateful spirit. Readers are reminded there are no easy answers or quick fixes and changing how one thinks is not an easy task. "Yet the results can be life-changing." I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
So…this book wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was going to be more about how Jesus heals us of these issues that are listed on the back of the book. That isn’t the case. This book is a lot about nutrition and vitamins and how what we eat or take into our bodies and have an effect on our minds. Even though it wasn’t what I expected I did find parts of it interesting and I did learn some new things as well. Like now I know why certain things happen in my body, it might be because of what I ate. It was also interesting to learn how even from birth things that go into our bodies are so important. If you are interested in learning more about how what you take in can affect your mind than you will probably enjoy this book and learn a lot as well. A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silent Takeover, written by Jacquelyn Sheppard, is a book about the connection of our body and mind. Much of the book talks about the importance of proper nutrition and lists the different items that may be lacking in our bodies, causing emotional, mental or addictive disorders. The later part of the book covers the importance of prayer, music and silence in our lives. One of the things the author writes about that really caught my attention was “Cry your heart out. Scream your pain out. Refuse to keep the pain inside where it will continue to eat at you, little by little, hindering you from becoming the person you can be.” She tells us to take time off from work and to talk with others to help with our pain. The author also points out that the type of music we listen to can affect our mind. And that not taking a day of rest will also affect us. This one is so important the God made it our fourth commandment. I felt the book was rather hard to keep my attention. I wish the author would have given more helpful information for the nutrition part, such as a list of foods to eat. But I thought the later part of the book was really good. I received of copy of the book from Book Club Network for an honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. I was fascinated with this book from the beginning. Ms. Sheppard has done many, many years of research and has used her own life as an example of how “the body hijacks the mind”. This was a very eye opening book. I often thought while reading this book that if we were all more able to: 1. ”Understand the connection between your mind and body, and discover root causes of depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other illnesses.” 2. “Identify the life cycles of each disorder—prenatal, childhood, adolescence and adulthood—so you can overcome each cycle using the right tools.” 3. Gain practical ‘know-how’ to effectively combat these disorders through life-giving steps of health transformation.” Taken from the back of the Ms. Sheppard’s book Silent Takeover. This is definitely a book that I will be keeping on my shelf so that I can return and read it again or reference it as I would like. Thank you Ms. Sheppard for the opportunity to read and review your book. I received a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.