The book I want to recommend is one I read 14 years ago and still refer back to as a reminder for my thoughts and as a resource for my clients when they struggle with their thinking. It is Battlefield of the MInd by Joyce Meyer
Fall is definitely upon us! The leaves are turning and the weather is chilly. Now is a great time to cozy up to a fire, grab a cup of hot cider/tea/coffee/hot chocolate, wrap up in a blanket and lose yourself in a great book. We have a few recommendations for you this week to get you started on your way!
Walking Prey by Holly Austin Smith
One of my passions, aside from being a therapist, is fighting human trafficking. I’ve dedicated this year to getting a professional studies certificate in anti-human trafficking and this book was one I recently had to read for a class.
When the sun starts shining again and the air starts getting warm, there's nothing like sitting outside and reading a good book. That's why we like to give Spring book recommendations. This year, I read a really great book that challenged me that I wanted to share.
I have been working really hard this year to unclutter my house. I never really thought of uncluttering my mind or soul. This book addresses many areas of our lives that we "clutter" creating chaos, frustration, and ultimately exhausted, unfulfilled lives. Hybels breaks it down into 10 chapters that deal with issues that clutter our lives such as overscheduling ourselves, lack of focus, isolation (when you are surrounded by people), lack of rest, and not feeling satisfied just to name a few.
Hybels is a pastor of Willowcreak Community Church in Chicago. Who would have more clutter in their lives than a pastor of a megachurch? Using his own examples of burnout, he helps us see the importance of taking care of ourselves, having boundaries, and using more positive, effective ways to schedule our lives. He does this in such a humble, down to earth way, with no judgement at all.
As I uncluttered my home this year, I liked thinking about ways I could unclutter my mind and soul as well. I'm now living out some of the peace that is offered when we do the hard work of uncluttering. Thank you, Pastor Hybels, for your guidance and practical ways I have found to unclutter!
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.
Do you know what a sociopath is? Most of us think we know what one is. We believe it's the serial killer who is psychologically torturing and murdering people. If so, 1 in 25 people would be doing such things. That is not the case because sociopaths don't always do this. The majority of them don't kill people. At least not physically. They emotionally kill relationship after relationship.....and continue to draw more people in with their charm so they can do it all over again.