Today I’m happy to introduce you to my writing friend and author of Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus – Sarah Geringer. She is a speaker, artist, and author of three self-published books.
Meet the Author of Transforming Your Thought Life
Sarah Geringer is on the devotional writing teams for Encouragement for Today, A Wife Like Me, Devotable, Hope-Full Living and Woman 2 Woman Ministries. When she’s not reading over 100 books per year, Sarah enjoys painting, baking, gardening and playing the flute. Her daily must-haves are hot tea, dark chocolate, and fresh flowers. She lives in her beloved home state of Missouri with her husband and three children. Sarah writes about finding peace in God’s Word at sarahgeringer.com.
I had the honor and the pleasure to be a part of the launch team of her awesome new book Transforming your thought life: Christian Meditation in Focus. I met Sarah about half a year ago in the Facebook group of faith bloggers “Blogger Voices Network”. S
Author Sarah Geringer on Transforming Your Thought Life
Sarah, please tell us how can Christian meditation help someone conquer thought life problems?
Christian meditation is simply focusing on a scripture and thinking about it with intent. The more you focus on God’s Word through meditation, the more you learn about God’s will for your life. You can apply scriptural truths directly to specific thought life problems and experience freedom. For example, if you struggle with painful thoughts, you can meditate on verses about God’s comfort. By repeating these verses every time you experience a painful memory, you can begin to reroute the neural pathways in your brain. When you do this over and over, you begin to think differently because God’s truth replaces the lies planted by your enemy Satan.
How has Christian meditation helped you be victorious in spiritual warfare?
I chose 17 areas of thought life struggles to focus on in my book because I have experienced all of them at different points in my faith journey. In each chapter, I tell stories about how God set me free from a certain thought life struggle such as guilt, impurity, idolatry, and regret. When I was struggling in these areas, I did not experience victory until I began meditating upon scriptures that directly counteracted those problems. As I meditated, I recognized how Satan tempted me with the same unproductive thought paths again and again. By replacing his falsehoods with the truth of God’s Word, I experienced freedom for the first time. Now, I know to fight back immediately with Scripture, just like Jesus did when he was tempted. Through Christian meditation, I have key scriptures in my spiritual arsenal to fight back the moment I’m attacked.
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What do you want readers to learn most from Transforming Your Thought Life?
I want readers to learn about the power God’s Word gives us to break free from spiritual strongholds. Many of us have Bibles in our possession but do not understand how God’s Word literally holds the solution to all our problems. By internalizing God’s Word in our hearts through Christian meditation, our thought lives can truly be transformed for good.
Author Sarah Geringer on Writing
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
I’m a proud member of Compel Training. In Compel, Lysa TerKeurst has told us that if you fight for your reader on the front end, she’ll fight for you on the back end. I have found this to be true in all of my writing.
Whether I’m writing a blog post, microblog on Instagram, email to my subscribers, or a book chapter, I try to answer the ever-present reader question, “What’s in it for me?” Everyone wants a good takeaway from Christian nonfiction writing, myself included.
After serving my reader upfront, I then may ask her to do something at the end, like sharing the post if she found it to be useful. But mostly, I consider my writing as a ministry, and I’m happy to pour encouragement mixed with exhortation into my readers’ hearts and minds. I also try to have a 90 percent give, 10 percent ask ratio of my email subscribers and social media followers.
What gives you inspiration for your books?
My main source of inspiration is from my daily Bible reading. I’ve gone through the One Year Bible since 2003, and it is a perpetual fountain of inspiration for me. I also mine my journals for personal stories. Readers love stories, so I collect them as often as possible from conversations and even movies or television shows.
My Review of Transforming Your Thought Life
Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus is a valuable and extremely helpful book. It is for everyone who wants to experience victory in his thought life struggles. Sarah did a great job
With great insight and wisdom, Sarah addresses also the underlying issues and roots that provoke such thoughts. In every chapter Sarah shares examples from her own life, captivating the reader with her stories, honesty, and transparency. This is a book giving hope and encouragement that change is possible by learning to focus on and meditate on the Word of God.
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