My grandma gave me this Christian book today. (I spare her the knowledge that I'm an atheist. She wouldn't be able to handle it.) She likes Joyce Meyer. Some of you who have been Christians may recognize her name.
My first thought was that the title by itself says a lot about the mentality. I know that I battled fruitlessly 24 hours a day when I was a Christian and now I have peace with myself and my thoughts. I of course sometimes feel confused and now and then attempt to adjust my attitude and outlook on life but my mind is never a battlefield. I view my mind (feels wrong to say because I essentially AM my mind) as what teaches and guides me. I pay attention to my thoughts and how they effect my emotions. Besides stress management and trying to focus, there is no need to reign it in.
From page 16, this is the kind of shit that made me lose my mind as a Christian:
1 We are engaged in a war
2 Our enemy is Satan
3 The mind is the battlefield
4 The devil works diligently to set up strongholds in our mind.
5 He does it through strategy and deceit ...
6 He is in no hurry; he takes his time to work out his plan
The whole thing is a formula for confusion, disaster and disappointment in oneself.
The book is pretty typical, mixing insanity with bad pop psychology. A wonderful combination that would turn anyone's mind into a battlefield.