You & Your Thoughts (book review)
I’ve been a Christian now for over 30 years. I’ve been involved with full-time church work for the majority of my adult life. If there’s one thing that really irks me about American Christians, especially those of the Pentecostal/Charismatic tribe (of which I hail from), it’s that they don’t think! We’ve become so used to having a paid professional stand up and tell us what the Bible says that we have stopped looking into things ourselves. My motto has been: “know what you believe and why you believe it!”
In You and Your Thoughts, Dr. Earl Radmacher challenges the Church to start thinking!
Dr. Radmacher wrote this book back in 1977 and Jeremy Myers of Redeeming Press has set out to republish this work. The illustrations may be a bit dated but the content is well-needed for our day and time. Dr. Radmacher encourages believers to use their reasoning and logic. He encourages believers to be careful what you think upon because as in the computer world, if you put garbage in, you are going to get garbage out. Because of our lack of reasoning, thinking and logic there has been a lot of garbage coming out of the Church world, especially the aforementioned tribe that I associate with.
Dr. Radmacher uses the premise that what you think is what you are. He then begins to lay out a treatise of right thinking according to the Bible. He lays out a foundation of right thinking that begins with our view about God and Jesus. If we don’t have these two thought processes right then everything else will be askew.
He addresses the issue of the battle for your mind. Considering that this book was originally written in 1977 before the advent of the internet, social media and the tons of advertising that we are bombarded with today, this chapter holds great weight for our society today. Every one is battling for a piece of our attention because if they can get us to think about their product, problem, issue, or ideology then they have our focus and possibly our heart and wallet.
Dr. Radmacher uses us three chapters to talk about right thinking concerning the Church. He devotes a chapter to right thinking concerning prophecy and a chapter on the way we think about ourselves. There are 13 chapters total and it’s book that one can get through in a short amount of time.
Overall, the content of the book is sound. There were a few places where I would disagree with Dr. Radmacher but I don’t always agree with myself some days. I expect to have some issues with almost every book I read. I would encourage a young believer to read this book to help give them a firm foundation in their thought life. An older, more established Christian might not find the book quite as helpful because as they have progressed with the Lord their minds should be renewed to the point where they are thinking right.
The above review is my honest assessment of this book. Redeeming Press sent me a preview copy in exchange for my review.