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The Heart is a Noisy Room: Your inner voices, why they matter – and how to win them over – Dr Ronald Boyd-MacMillan

Hodder and Stoughton

£9.99 197 pages ISBN 878 1 473 67715 9

You become a hostage to fortune if you start a Christian book stating that you struggle to read Christian books any more, and in the acknowledgements section admit that this book only took five weeks to write!

Fear not, however, as the author delivers a timely book on dealing with the dominant identity-shaping voices in our lives. It reminded me of the words used by Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his book Spiritual Depression:

“Have you realised that most of your unhappiness in life is due to your listening to yourself rather than talking to yourself ... Take yourself in hand. We must talk to ourselves rather than allow our selves to talk to us.”

In reminding us that the heart is a noisy room, full of competing voices, Boyd-MacMillan explores the origins and reasons for the dominant voices that shape, and often bind and blind us.

The author suggests that identifying our voices helps us to see why and how they have an impact on our lives. The rest of the book lays out five simple strategies for preventing these unwelcome sirens from ruining our lives.

I found this a very helpful book; it is wise, honest, realistic and practical.

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex

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