“Get Out of Your Head” by Jennie Allen is a Christian non-fiction book about stopping spiraling thoughts by committing them to God and renewing your mind.
This is a practical book, and the title explains it perfectly. As a person who struggles to control my thoughts and anxieties, I found it helpful. Most of what the author said was a repeat of what various Christian counselors have told me. The core of it is this: our actions come from our thoughts which come from our core beliefs which we believe because of past experiences, in this case bad experiences. In order to control our thoughts and actions, then, we must deal with our negative experiences and change our beliefs to reflect what God says in Scripture. Changing our beliefs can only be done by prayer and trust in God, encouragement from other Christians, and renewing our minds by repeatedly calling to mind the the truths in Scripture.
I appreciated the much-needed reminder of these truths and of the need to renew my mind. The Jennie Allen talked about these truths in an approachable way. The book was filed with examples from her own life and the lives of her friends, Biblical truths, and comments from counselors. I especially appreciated the author’s emphasis on depending on God’s strength to stop the spiral of toxic thoughts and the role of Satan in inspiring us to begin spiraling. These spiritual aspects are things we often overlook as a Christian community, and I am grateful the author took the time to emphasize them. We cannot do this on our own; we need God’s help.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with spiraling thoughts and anxiety. It isn’t an instant fix, but it will point you to Christ and His strength and healing, which is the only true solution.