We are made up of our MADFATs, Motives, Affections, Desires, Feelings, Actions, and Thoughts. The authors want us to find freedom from negative MADFATs, and have written this book to help us position ourselves so God can do that. “This book has been designed to help facilitate the healthy, fruitful gardening of your heart, mind and soul by exposing you to relevant concepts of science, as well as the inspiring light found in the Word of God.” (101)
This book is a combination of scientific knowledge and spiritual insights. We are given information as to how the brain works, how patterns are formed and dissolved, how our view of God shapes our brain, and how negative and positive thoughts affect our brain. They explain how change happens, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. They write about the role of visualizing, meditating, writing, and practice. To be transformed, we must continually access and receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit and His life changing power.
This takes practice and effort. The rewiring guides have the purpose of exposing our soul to God's transforming work. “Regeneration of the soul is God's department. You can, nonetheless, enable Him to do His work by creating an environment within you where His healing, restoring powers will be effective.” (65)
The last half of the book consists of Practice Sheets. The idea is to repeatedly rewrite the affirmations, helping the new neural pathways to be solidified. Each day of the week focuses on one topic and they are repeated weekly. The authors remind us that this is a process and documenting the journey allows us to record what works and what doesn't, the Scriptures that influence us, etc.
There is a great amount of material in this book. Much of it should be read over and over to help the truth get into the inside of us. There are over fifty weeks of Practice Sheets so we know this book is not a quick fix – it is a process of change in thinking, believing, and practice. Reading this book is a commitment and I recommend it to those who are serious in their desire for transformation.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
James Bars and Blake Bars began working together in 2007. Both graduated from Eastern Oregon University, James with a BS in Business and Blake with an MBA. Blake currently manages a health food store. James is a human behavior consultant, Christian counselor, and board certified Master Life Coach. You can find out more at www.MyNewMadfats.com.
Home of Love Publications, 252 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book though The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.