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“No Worries?” Each day, we struggle to pull our thoughts away from our worries, fears, frustrations, and desires. Mindscape builds a practical action plan for changing your mental landscape—and your life—based on Paul’s rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8. Author Tim Witmer draws from thirty years of experience in helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives to pr“No Worries?” Each day, we struggle to pull our thoughts away from our worries, fears, frustrations, and desires. Mindscape builds a practical action plan for changing your mental landscape—and your life—based on Paul’s rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8. Author Tim Witmer draws from thirty years of experience in helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives to present a clear, biblical, and deeply pastoral guide to replacing worry with a new way of thinking. ...

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Mindscape: What to Think about Instead of Worrying Reviews

  • Jeff Shelnutt
    2019-03-26 04:23

    Proverbs 23:7 speaks of a person’s thought life: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is…”In other words, what we allow ourselves to worry about is an indicator of what we are really like. As the author bluntly states, “This can be pretty discouraging.” Comparing the mind to a landscape and anxieties to weeds fighting for supremacy, Witmer poses the question, “If I’m not supposed to have anxious, worried, or fearful thoughts, what am I going to think about?” This book, then, is a practical exposition of Philippians 4:4-8, honing in on verse 8: “...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence or if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”The problem is that biblical terms like “honorable,” “right,” and “good repute” seem abstract. The sense of dwelling “on these things” indicates that we need to delve deeply into what they actually mean. Each term listed in verse 8 is taken chapter by chapter and explored in its biblical context. Each chapter is also followed by discussion questions, making the book a practical guide for personal or group bible study. The Christian has received the mind of Christ (I Cor. 2:16). But there is the continual need to be “renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4:23). A study of the attributes of God--or loving Him with all of one's mind--is an excellent place to start. We think aright when we think aright of God, who He is and what He’s done for us in Christ.I have to remind myself that “Be anxious for nothing” is a command. In between the admonitions to pray with thanksgiving, and to cultivate godly thoughts, is the promise “and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

  • Jeff
    2019-04-05 05:37

    JeffJan 08, 2015 Jeff rated it 2 of 5 starsShelves: suffering, worry[Edit: I would give it 2.5 stars-This is a short overview of my thoughts. Please see others on Amazon for more in-depth analysis.]I've read many books on worry and suffering and this isn't anything at all new, or as good as the old for that matter. I can see why some people are so cynical about new books coming out. I'm afraid I bought into some hype and stellar blurbs (from people I have a lot of respect for) and bought this one rather impulsively.The author is a pastor and on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary. His material is sound. He uses Philippians 4:8 as a model of what to think about, which is obviously Scriptural. It's just nothing different or meaty. It's also written for people who are younger Christians and possibly new to the whole idea of dealing with worry and anxiety. I can't fault him for the target audience. I just wish I would have known that beforehand.I skimmed it in an evening [Edit: meaning I took a whole evening to skim or read every page--it's what skimming means to me] because I could clearly see after reading the first portion and trying to give it a chance that I didn't want to spend time reading every word. Even so I don't think the concept of providence, which I think is key, was dealt with, although sovereignty certainly was. I think the quotes were the best part of the book--Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, Owen, etc. I'm finding that good books on theology are usually better than books on suffering and anxiety, although I won't totally give up on them. For now, I will stick to the Puritans or books that have stood the test of time, unless I get a free Kindle book that looks especially good.

  • Sue
    2019-03-31 04:35

    What do we think about? What takes up the thinking spaces in our minds? Often worry, envy, fear, anger dominate our thoughts. The author Witmer highlights each chapter with a list of vistas from the book of Philippians 4:8 that should/could occupy our thoughts. He brings depth to the discussion by defining each vista, or thought concepts, how the old vista interferes with our own spiritual and mental health, how the new vista (such as truth, loveliness, etc.) impacts our lifescape. Each chapter ends with "Food For Thought," questions that lead to change and action. This book would make an excellent study with a small group. This is a book I should reread.

  • Andrew Mulnix
    2019-03-21 07:35

    The good: The last chapter was good. I like that there are "food for thought" questions at the end of each chapter, which is nice for a book study. There were some encouraging statements scattered throughout the book.The bad: It might be an overstatement to say that the best part of the book was the cool-looking cover. I think that there should be a subtitle added: "A Beginner's Guide." The writing seemed at such a popular level. The best parts of the book were quotations of Scripture.

  • Andy Hendry
    2019-04-13 02:36

    Wasn't rememberable.

  • Christy Bower
    2019-03-20 09:47

    Mindscape is the word used by Timothy Z. Witmer to describe the landscape of our minds. Is it a beautiful landscape full of pleasant thoughts or has it become overgrown by the weeds of worry and other negative thoughts?According to the author, “Worry weeds are stubborn. If something isn’t done they can overtake our whole mindscape and impact all that we do. . . . Our worry weeds can begin to take over our minds the way kudzu is taking over parts of the United States.” The task of changing the landscape of our mind can seem overwhelming if things have gotten out of control. As the author says, “It is not just enough to rip out the weeds of your mindscape—because you can be sure that if you don’t replace them with something better, they will grow back with a vengeance.” With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can excavate the old and re-create a new landscape so we have a beautiful mind—the mind of Christ.In Mindscape, the author takes readers on a tour of a beautiful mind, according to Philippians 4:6-9 (“Fix your thoughts on what is true…”). I’ve heard this passage taught many times, but this was the most thorough and intriguing explanation I’ve ever read. It’s easy to look at that list of virtuous thoughts and wonder what’s really there to think about. It doesn’t seem concrete enough. But the author takes these abstract concepts one by one to develop them into something practical and applicable to my thought life.If you struggle with worry or other negative thoughts, Mindscape is worth a read.This review, along with additional book quotes, first appeared on my blog,

  • Mark A Powell
    2019-04-05 01:46

    Worry is a constant battle for many. The Bible tells us not to be anxious about anything…but how do we do that? What do we think about instead? Witmer guides us through Philippians 4:6-8, explaining God’s antidote to anxiety. While Witmer’s analysis and solution are thoroughly Scriptural, the book itself reads a bit dry and overly long. More vigilant editing would have helped. As it stands, Witmer has given a useful, if not always engaging, resource.

  • Zack
    2019-04-16 02:40

    This is a very accessible, helpful, and useful book. As a member of Tim's longtime church family (Crossroads), I fondly recognize many of the examples and illustrations in the text, and I am pleased to see them going forth in this book as a help to a broader audience/readership. Most importantly, however, I love how Tim saturates his text with Scripture, and clearly presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ over and over again.

  • Elaine Mazzo
    2019-03-22 07:19

    This is an excellent little book focusing on changing our thoughts to what is right and good. Changing the patterns of our thinking to line up with God's word. I would recommend this book along with Elizabeth George's "Loving God with all Your Mind". Both will challenge you to "set your mind on things above".

  • Blaine
    2019-03-26 08:35

    Good book that shows the reader how to think based on Scripture. However, the title is misleading in that it really isn't a book designed to target worry and anxiety - but general Christian-like thinking. The author does point this out in the final chapter.

  • Lawrence
    2019-03-24 05:29

    Good book to begin 'thinking about what we are thinking about" and not just regarding worry. Captivating reading on the Calvary Road. An Expository teaching on the foundational passage, Philippians 4:8.

  • Dave Westerveld
    2019-04-17 05:43

    Good Book. I enjoyed it. Applies to much more than worry.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-25 02:23

    3.5 out of 5 stars. This is a short, but excellent, exposition on Philippians 4:8. It is a good reminder of how we can ease our worry by dwelling on those things that God tells us to.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-08 01:45

    A challenging book that reminds us that what we think comes out in our words and actions. Very practical with good study questions to help you make real changes.

  • Nithin Thompson
    2019-03-31 02:37

    A great exposition of two little verses in Philippians 4:8-9. I felt like I learned a lot about what the mind should look like, but I felt that weren't a lot of practical steps on how to do that. So while I appreciated the encouragement and the vision for what a beautiful Mindscape should be, I felt like he could've spent more time talking about how we can develop it. The application was the weakest part.