A Better Way To Think (Mass Market Paperback)H Norman Wright
Change your life—one thought at a time.
We all talk to ourselves, and this self-talk can determine whether we feel happy and successful about the state of our lives. Too often what we tell ourselves is negative. We point out where we’ve failed, focusing on our problems rather than keeping our thoughts centered on the positive.
Bestselling author and therapist H. Norman Wright shows you how to free yourself from negative patterns of self-talk that are holding you back. Biblically based and full of practical, proven strategies, A Better Way to Think helps you harness the positive and creative power of your thought life so you can experience lasting freedom from negativity.
1. My Mind Is Filled with Thoughts! 9
2. Where Do Thoughts Come From? 25
3. The Gift of Imagination 43
4. Core Beliefs—The Source of Your Thoughts 55
5. Self-Talk—Taking More Control 77
6. Igniting Change—What’s Holding You Back? 97
7. Knocking Out Toxic Self-Talk . . . for Good! 119
8. Disarming Toxic Weapons in Your Marriage 137
9. Dousing “Hot” Thoughts 155
10. Emotions and Your Thoughts 173
11. Your Thoughts, Worry, and Depression 193
12. New Thoughts 213
About the Author
Dr. H. Norman Wright is a grief and trauma therapist and a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist. He has been on the faculty at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology, where he taught graduate students in counseling and psychology for four decades. He has authored more than 80 books, including Experiencing Grief, Before You Say I Do, and Communication: Key to Your Marriage. Norman and his wife, Tess, live in Bakersfield, California.
ByH Norman Wright
Size109 x 178 mm
Number of Pages272 pp
PublisherBaker Book House
My Mind Is Filled with Thoughts!
No matter what the weather, Melanie radiates sunshine.
At the grocery store, she makes friendly small talk with
the cashier. When working in the yard, she always raises her eyes
at the sound of an approaching car and waves, flashing a bright
smile as neighbors drive by. Sure, she has bad days now and then.
But she bounces back quickly after unpleasant events or periods
of stress. Nothing seems to keep her down for long.
It’s no act. Melanie really does see a blessing in almost every-
thing. When she gets stuck in a traffic snarl that might leave others
seething, she tells herself it’s simply an opportunity to have some
uninterrupted prayer time. If she burns dinner, she tells herself
that she was due for a fun night out at a favorite eatery. Rained-out
picnic plans cause her to announce that it’s the perfect opportunity
to gather the family around the TV for a cozy afternoon watching
a movie and munching popcorn.
When a problem erupts in her life, her mind spins into solution-
finding mode. She’s not prone to worry. Things are probably better
than they seem, she often tells herself. And usually, she’s right.
Things always seem to work out for Melanie. So why can’t my
life go like that? Rhonda often wonders. The two have known
each other since elementary school and have attended the same
church ever since, serving together in countless ministries since
they were teens.
She always has energy, and never even gets sick! muses Rhonda.
And I’m always battling allergies, fatigue, or a cold.
The truth is, Rhonda has always found Melanie’s can-do spirit
a little annoying. Actually, really annoying. No one can be that
happy, Rhonda pouts on days when the two serve coffee together