Mindscape: What to Think about Instead of Worrying by Timothy Z. Witmer

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About: Mindscape.

Ebola, the economy, our kids, our parents, our future. We struggle to pull our thoughts away from our worries, fears, and frustrations. When we get stuck, it's not exactly easy to fixate on “whatever is true, noble, right and pure.”  We are profoundly aware that our worries have negative consequences for our bodies, minds, and relationships. But like most real people with real problems, our thoughts keep swirling around the same old issues. 

Mindscape builds a practical action plan for changing your mental landscape—and your life—based on Paul’s rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8. Author Tim Witmer draws from thirty years of experience in helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives to present a clear, biblical, and deeply pastoral guide to replacing worry with a new way of thinking.

Mindscape is not a self-help book or an academic tome on behavioral theory. It is a real-world guide to the transformation that Jesus works in us as we go to him in faith and ask for his power to change, to listen, and to think differently. Chapter-by-chapter application questions make Mindscape perfect for personal reflection or small group use.

  • Builds a biblical, practical action plan for filling your mind with new thoughts based on Paul’s rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8
  • Simple, clear, and pastoral guidance: Mindscape is the overflow of a pastor’s thirty years of helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives 
  • Chapter-by-chapter application questions are perfect for personal reflection or small group use.
A must-have, must-read, must-share book. Dr. Tim Witmer, a seasoned soul-physician, calmly enters his consulting room. It is full of anxious people. Many have been dosing themselves on narcotic or toxic prescriptions or self-cures but continue to experience personal and relational meltdown. His diagnosis is superbly clear; his prescription is powerful. His prognosis is honest. Even his instructions are a pleasure to read. Plus, his medicine works. Try Mindscape—a great book!
-Sinclair B. Ferguson, Author; Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
I worry. In fact, I worry a lot. Tim Witmer’s biblical and practical book is refreshing for someone like me. He reminds me of the truth and of the rest, joy, and life at the center of the truth. I’ll probably still worry, but I’m going to be a lot better because of this book and you will be too. Read it and be glad!
-Steve Brown, Key Life radio broadcaster; professor (emeritus), Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, author of Three Free Sins

Our culture breeds anxiety, anger, and escapism. "Anxious about our relationships, we are alone together." To counter this multi-headed hydra, Tim Witmer gives us a tour of the truly beautiful mind, the biblical mind, that returns us to the sanity of "my Father's world."
-Paul E. Miller, Director of seeJesus; author of A Praying Life and A Loving Life

About the Author
Timothy Z. Witmer, MDiv, DMin is Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary where he serves as Coordinator of the Practical Theology Department and Director of Mentored Ministry and Master of Divinity Programs. He has also served for thirty-five years in pastoral ministry, most recently completing twenty-seven years of service at Crossroads Community Church (PCA) in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and having been designated Pastor Emeritus. Tim is the author of The Shepherd Leader and The Shepherd Leader at Home. He and his wife Barbara have three children, four grandchildren, and reside in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.