Preach to Yourself: When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth

Preach to Yourself: When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth


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Break the cycle of doubting yourself, take God at His word, and talk back with truth - a new message of freedom from bestselling coauthor of Wild and Free Hayley Morgan.

We know Christ came to speak life, but then how come our inner critic keeps showing up and stealing the mic? If we’re honest, she’s a harsh one, saying things we’d never dream of saying to others: You’ll never measure up, you’ll fail again tomorrow, you just can’t get it right.

It has been said that the eighteen inches from head to heart is the soul’s longest journey. Our head knows the good news is true, but our heart struggles to believe it, and it is in this gap that we battle to believe the promises of God.

Hayley Morgan, coauthor of bestselling book Wild and Free, has wrestled with this tension her whole life. In Preach to Yourself, she tackles it head-on to discover how we can renew our minds to renew our lives. For every woman who struggles with repetitive, negative self-talk, this book will show you how to identify the toxic loops where you get stuck and replace them with the truth of God we can believe with our whole selves.

This is not a “try harder” reprimand, it’s a “believe better” invitation: to take God at His word when He tells you who you are. Come along and learn a simple practice to break free from the lies holding you back, and step forward into the fullness of life God has planned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310345770
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 205,991
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Hayley Morgan is a speaker, social entrepreneur, and coauthor of the bestselling book Wild and Free. She also runs Nellie Taft, an online boutique featuring women's clothes made in the USA. Hayley lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and their four young sons. She blogs at www.Hayley

Table of Contents

Foreword Emily Ley 11

Prologue 15

Part I What Is The Problem?

Chapter 1 Were Tired of Being Halfhearted and Double-Minded 21

Chapter 2 The Bad News Is on Repeat 43

Chapter 3 A Look inside Our Heads 55

Part 2 What Keeps Us From Believing The Good News?

Chapter 4 Our World Is So Noisy 65

Chapter 5 We Try to Go It Alone 81

Chapter 6 We're Numb and Sleepwalking 91

Chapter 7 Our Wounds Keep Us Sidelined 105

Chapter 8 We Might Not Really Believe 119

Part 3 Preach To Yourself

Chapter 9 God Gives Us a Better Way 133

Chapter 10 Stop and Listen to Yourself 147

Chapter 11 The Good Work of Turning Around 155

Chapter 12 Cutting New Paths and Taking New Ground 161

Part 4 Wholehearted And Single-Minded Living

Chapter 13 More and More Like Christ at Every Turn 177

Chapter 14 We Finally Get Out of Our Own Way 187

Acknowledgments 203

Appendix: Real Truths for Bad News Loops 205

Notes 211

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Preach to Yourself: When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
cscott9 More than 1 year ago
I don't know about you but I am always doubting myself. Doubting that I am good mother, good wife, good friend. Doubting my salvation and so much more. I have people that try to reassure me that I am all of the above and so much more, I struggle to believe it. To say I was ecstatic to receive Hayley Morgan's new book, Preach to Yourself, only partially describes the feeling. In Preach to Yourself, Haley will teach us to renew our minds so we can renew our lives. Taking God's word and using it to fight the doubt, negativity, and toxic loops we are stuck in. Learning to fight it all and take back our lives. We have to replace it all with scripture and trust God that he will help us get through it all. We need to surround ourselves with positive influences, drama free zones, and Christ-centered people. By taking everything Hayley lays out for us, we will fight those little voices in our head. We will overcome and be the woman of Christ we are called to be. I received a copy of this book for free. A favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
AbundanceFarmer More than 1 year ago
I came to know Hayley through her previous books, and on instagram. And honestly, it's been a long while since I've found a voice that speaks to me as a real, modern-day woman and also speaks boldly about the truth of Christ in us. I'm so thankful that her words in this book are dedicated to us knowing the truths God has promised, and knowing them with our own voices. We can teach one another and we can teach ourselves, because we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Thankful as always for this good sister. Her words will be your friend.
JennGrand More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness you guys. This book! You HAVE to buy it NOW. It's a game changer for anyone who has ever had that little annoying inner critic telling you you're not good enough, not thin enough, you'll mess up eventually so why not give in now? Man, I've definitely been a victim to my own inner critic telling me the most negative things I've ever thought about myself. And this book has changed my life in such huge ways!  Hayley, co-author of Wild and Free, shares personal stories of combating her own inner critic, as well as offers how we can fight our own, in order to become a more free, fulfilled, confident person. God's truth is all we need, and renewing our minds with that wonderful truth day in and day out is how we will begin to see ourselves through the eyes of our First Love and the Pursuer of our Souls. Read this, it's truly amazing.
samanthian More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I have the opportunity to read a book that I can tell is impacting the way I live while I'm still reading it, Preach to Yourself is one of these books. Preach to Yourself is an authentic, practical, and hopeful book all in one package. Occasionally books like this can feel like a cheerleader on the sidelines telling you you can do it and to pull yourself up and keep trying. Sometimes that's great, but what about when you've tried your whole life and gotten no where? That's when Preach to Yourself arrives with a fresh perspective and grounded hope – hope that says you never could try hard enough, so stop striving and rest in the peace that there's a different way — God's way, and his way works. The author challenges you to look at the things you tell yourself every day, consider some common causes, and see what's getting you hung up. She shares her experiences with humility to help guide you along the way, and then shares practical ways to move forward. Hayley Morgan weaves scripture, her own research and experiences, and neuroscience into this book, ending with a beautifully peaceful nudge toward hope that is grounded in God rather than self. This book is a must-read tool for anyone who struggles with the things they tell themselves, negative self-worth, or the gap between head knowledge and believing with faith.
Mindykaysl More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly helpful for anyone who listens to their inner critic, but especially for someone who struggles with anxiety. Hayley powerfully teaches the truth about our ability to change the way our minds work by retraining our brains. With a combination of story, scripture, and neuroscience, she gives readers practical steps to take to learn to preach God's truth to themselves and overwrite the fear, worries, and lies that loop in our minds. After reading this book, I feel inspired and empowered to change the way I think, and grounded in the promise that God will transform me.
AbiRay More than 1 year ago
There is freedom in awareness, and Hayley Morgan offers just that in her new book Preach To Yourself. The author provides insight into a territory that is widely uncharted by the faith community. Through the integration of scripture and neuroscience, Morgan reveals the intrinsic connection between the heart and mind, thoughts and behaviors, and how they influence our daily lives. This book is a must read for any woman (or man) that struggles with self-doubt, negative self-talk, or simply wants to move their faith from knowing to understanding.