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.
|Publisher:||David C Cook|
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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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Your Feelings Aren't the Boss of You: When You Feel Like You're Sinking 18
When negative Thoughts are controlling us, there is hope. When we learn to change the way we think, we can change the way we feel
Chapter 2 Tens of Thousands of Reasons: Why We Sink 38
We sink because of how we think! Thoughts, and not circumstances, determine whether we're anchored in negativity.
Chapter 3 Count the Cost: What We Lose When We Go Down 58
Because negative thinking puts our hearts, minds, health, and relationships at risk, pause and count the cost.
Chapter 4 Who We Are, and Who We Are Not: Surfacing Misconceptions 77
Life-robbing misconceptions are lies that keep its bound. They spring up from the way we interpret our experience, not the actual experience itself
Chapter 5 Breaking the Habit: Capturing the ANTs in Our Heads 97
Each of us has the power to choose how we think. If we're committed to doing the work, beginning with noticing and capturing our negative thoughts, we can enjoy the satisfaction, peace, and joy we were made for
Chapter 6 Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Choosing a Set-Free Mind-Set 115
Understanding how our minds are transformed isn't enough. Every day we need to refuse to let sinking thoughts enslave us and commit to keep rowing our boats
Chapter 7 Instruments No Crew Member Should Be Without: Two Tools for the Trip 132
Our thoughts can be pitiful or they can be powerful. Scripture and prayer equip us to navigate through stormy seas.
Chapter 8 Mayday, Mayday!: Let Go of Despair and Grab Hold of Hope 153
Letting go of what weighs us down mentally, emotionally, and spiritually releases negativity from our hearts and minds. Hearts anchored in God don't sink
Chapter 9 Stay Alert and Be Prepared!: Navigating the Whirlpools on the Voyage 171
If you think the voyage will be all smooth sailing, think again. When we're the captains of our thoughts, we can learn to avoid the whirlpools
Chapter 10 Operation Perseverance: Keeping Your Head Above Water 195
As we think, so will, we be. When we change our minds, we'll change our lives
Bible Credits 216
About the Author 218
Optimist Challenge 219
Blog Challenges 220
Other Books Trade Miles 222
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I definitely recommend this book to everyone who is dealing with a difficult situation in their life or has dealt with something or is simply finding themselves in a whirlpool of negativity! This book has helped me become more self aware of the negativity we often find ourselves in or surround ourselves with. It’s important to remember God is in control and that faith and a simple positive thought can make all the difference in your life! Amazing read!
The author shares "Graciously, though, God will reveal to us the misconceptions we've believed, so that we can learn to overcome them and find life-giving freedom." We need to keep our faith in Jesus a priority and focus on God's love for us and allow HIM to transform us. When we do this the author discovered "That my value, my identity, and my worth as a person was in HIM and HIM alone. I learned that my value isn't tied to a person, position, salary, accomplishment, or a met goal. It isn't tied to being the perfect wife, mom, friend or sister. It isn't tied to what I do for God, or what I don't do for God. My value is only tied to the cross, where Jesus thought I was valuable enough to die for. He died for you as well, because you too are valuable to HIM." Wow, that is powerful and full of truth, are we living it, are we believing it! We need to stop the misconceptions in our minds, because it can lie to us. We need to focus on Jesus!! Satan wants though for us to suffer, to doubt, and distort our thinking, but God! "God is faithful to surface the misconception and lies that have anchored us in negativity, doubt, and despair." If you are struggling, get this book to help you see God's truth and love and how to let HIM transform your mind.
Have you ever been stuck in a pit of negative thinking and couldn't force yourself to change your thinking pattern? I have! In her new book, Unsinkable Faith, Tracie Miles gives us the reassurance that we are not alone. When life happens, and brings us the not so pleasant circumstances that are beyond our control, we can easily become consumed with negative thoughts. The more we think, the more negative our thoughts become. The enemy of our souls will play games in our minds that can lead us to anger, frustration, anxiety, and even depression. The lower we become, the more he enjoys our despair. But when we take all of those negative thoughts captive, and turn them over to Jesus, He will replace them with His beautiful truths. Tracie has such a beautiful heart for helping women who need to be drawn closer to God. In Unsinkable Faith, she tells stories of her own life, and in the lives of several other women who have been stuck in the storm of negativity, feeling like they are about to sink. Tracie points us towards scripture that shows us how to be the Captain of our own ship by clinging to God's word, and allowing Him to transform our thoughts and our feelings to His truth's. He will rescue us from the raging sea, and guide us to the beautiful shore, allowing us to live our lives filled with Unsinkable Faith! At the end of each chapter, you will find Mind Transforming Reflections, Mind Renewing Memory Verses, and a Chapter Challenge, allowing you to go deeper in your study. This book would be a great book for group Bible Studies, or a study to do on your own. No matter how you choose to use it, I highly recommend this book to all! This is a book I will not put on a shelf, or in the closet, I will be referring to Unsinkable Faith often. I give Tracie Miles and Unsinkable Faith 5 Stars! **I was given a copy of this book by the author and this is my honest, personal opinion.**
“How can we develop an unsinkable faith that carries us through life with a hopeful, positive attitude no matter what life throws at us?” In the midst of personal heartbreak, Tracie found a new faith in God. Her personal journey is the message of Unsinkable Faith and is an example of how God works good in spite of difficult and life changing circumstances. She also teaches us how we can change our outlook and go through the storms of life with a more positive mindset. When we become saved, in most cases faith is not an immediate trait we receive. Faith, especially unsinkable faith is something that is cultivated throughout our walk with God and can take years to develop. Faith in God is what anchors our soul and carries us through when the trials hit and we need something to hold onto. Unsinkable Faith helps us understand the negative feelings we experience and how to change the way we view our circumstances using God’s perspective rather than our own perceptions. The way we interpret things begins in childhood and the more bad things that occur such as loss, betrayal, rejection, the greater our chances become of having a distorted view of reality. Tracie helps us learn that our mind is a battlefield of the enemy and shows us strategies that help us overcome negative thinking through a relationship with God, prayer, and studying His Word. Unsinkable Faith is one woman’s story of loss but also of triumph and a strengthened relationship with God and a message that all of us need.
From the moment I turned to the first page this book really spoke to me as I have seen where I have allowed myself to be caught up in negative emotions. I was encourage by so many of the stories that hit home with me. This book also no with the study would be great for your next book club or women's ministry bible study. One of my things about this book it gives you the tools to learn how to replace those negative thoughts with positive thoughts, you will learn changing your mind changes your heart. A heart rooted and grounded in Christ won't sink. I have anlways enjoyed all of Tracie's books and this one is no exception.