We lob the phrase at others, but lie awake at night ourselves. Ebola, the economy, our kids, our parents, our future. We struggle to pull our thoughts away from our worries, fears, and frustrations. When we get stuck, it’s not exactly easy to fixate on “whatever is true, noble, right and pure.” We are profoundly aware that our worries have negative consequences for our bodies, minds, and relationships. But like most real people with real problems, our thoughts keep swirling around the same old issues.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.
Mindscape is not a self-help book or an academic tome on behavioral theory. It is a real-world guide to the transformation that Jesus works in us as we go to him in faith and ask for his power to change, to listen, and to think differently. Chapter-by-chapter application questions make Mindscape perfect for personal reflection or small group use.
- Builds a biblical, practical action plan for filling your mind with new thoughts based on Paul’s rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8
- Simple, clear, and pastoral guidance: Mindscape is the overflow of a pastor’s thirty years of helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives
- Chapter-by-chapter application questions are perfect for personal reflection or small group use.
Timothy Z. Witmer, MDiv, DMin is Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary where he serves as Coordinator of the Practical Theology Department and Director of Mentored Ministry and Master of Divinity Programs. He has also served for thirty-five years in pastoral ministry, most recently completing twenty-seven years of service at Crossroads Community Church (PCA) in Upper Darby, PA having been designated Pastor Emeritus. Tim is the author of The Shepherd Leader and The Shepherd Leader at Home. He and his wife Barbara have three children, four grandchildren and reside in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
My Review –
‘What? Me worry?’
Yes, both me and you…we worry. We get anxious. Certain concerns overwhelm us to the point of distraction. Perhaps, we even get to the point where we can’t act, we can’t decide, we can’t even breathe.
Timothy Witmer wants the Christian to know that there is a remedy for this; a biblical remedy. He directs the reader to Philippians 4.8 for help. One would think he would go to verse 6, ‘Do not be anxious about anything.’ I mean, after all, that’s the command. Shouldn’t we need only a command from our Lord and worry is no longer an issue within us because we’ll obey. Or, we’ll worry about trying to obey it adequately. We’ll grow anxious about the degree to which I can or cannot carry out such a command.
So, dive into verse 8, Witmer says. This is the verse that will help us in our meditation, in our devotion to the Word of the Lord and the Lord of the Word. ‘…think about such things.’ Each chapter that follows is an exposition of what each of the phrases from verse 8 has us thinking about: that which is noble, right, pure, lovely admirable, and praiseworthy.
Witmer may be a teacher at a seminary, but he is a pastor at heart. He knows that too many will hear about this book and think, ‘I know some worriers who need this book.’ Yet they will never think of themselves as one who gets anxious. And this is really who this book is for. Oh, I have no doubt, for the chronic worrier, for the wife who is anxious about so many things at home, for the husband who is consumed with worry at work, that this book will prove very helpful–far more than the bottle of prescription meds for anxieties. This book, however, is for those of us who need to take God’s Word seriously, who need to learn to meditate upon it daily and apply it to areas of our lives in very specific ways…such as anxiety.
The author also keeps us looking to Christ. Oh, how I love this in an author, especially one who is writing about issues/disorders such as this one. This is a book that gets us to the point where our first reaction to the temptation to worry is not to worry, but to look to Christ; to think about Christ.
So, whether you are a worrier or not, you need to read this book. You need to learn the art of biblical meditation and application.
If you’d like to read more from another reviewer, Aimee Byrd has a delightfully helpful review over at Books At A Glance.
Dr. Witmer gives a lecture on Mindscape’s teachings in this video as well:
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