Updated: Jul 16
If you know me well, you know that I am an avid reader.
I’m drawn to books that will change how I think about a certain subject or will inspire me to grow. I especially love books that come from a Biblical psychology perspective, as both have had a profound impact on who I am today.
I come from a fairly broken family, as I’m sure many of you do.
My family has some strong addiction ties (alcohol, gambling, overspending, sex, etc.), due to some untreated mental illness and toxic thought—> emotion—>behavior patterns.
I have been praying for years that God would break those unhealthy family patterns so that I can launch my boys into the world as healthy and whole people. While I know they won’t be perfect, I hope that I can set them up for emotional, relational, and spiritual success.
A big part of overcoming unhealthy family patterns is by looking at the root toxic thoughts that propel us into unhealthy behaviors.
By taking care of my mental health, breaking those toxic thoughts in my own mind, and living through healthy emotions and behaviors, I can set a good example for my boys to follow.
I picked up Jennie Allen’s new book, Get Out Of Your Head, and I was captivated! I love her podcast so I was looking forward to reading this book but it far exceeded my expectations!
Allen approaches overcoming toxic thoughts from a cognitive behavioral perspective, proven to work through endless research, and faith in a God that we can rely on. These two things are, from my personal experience and that of countless others, the most beneficial way to overcome toxic thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Her personal story about struggling in her faith really hit me, as I’ve also been walking through that in the last six months.
I highly recommend this book, am gifting it to all my best friends, and will be reading this again and again.