There really is no better way to get a message across than by being willing to share from your heart and delve into your own experiences.
That’s the approach Margie McIntyre has taken with a new title she is preparing to release in September – Mind Matters – Change Your Mind, Change Your Life.
The book’s launch date is Sept. 24th, and for McIntyre, it’s been a wonderful experience of melding her creative talents with digging deep into her own life experiences over the years and sharing what she’s learned along the way.
She’s had a number of personal challenges to work through and obstacles to overcome to be sure, and she discusses them with refreshing candor. But the point of the book is that the trials and tribulations we face in life don’t have to define us or plunge us into a downward emotional, psychological or spiritual spiral.
There are particular means to turn one’s thought life around. And for McIntyre, it started years ago when she heard a speaker say, ‘Change your mind, change your life’. That phrase stayed with McIntyre as time passed and it’s one of the key messages that is foundational to the book.
Woven into the text is also McIntyre’s sharing of her strong Christian faith, with many scriptural references to help drive home the helpful, inspiring and hopeful themes she is communicating to readers.
But a person doesn’t have to be a Christian necessarily to benefit from the book, which is written in an accessible, warm style – brimming with authenticity and wisdom garnered from ‘living life’ and learning from one’s mistakes with the aim of a better tomorrow.
“I want people to understand that what goes on in their minds – their thinking – matters,” she said. “I discovered this myself because I was at a point in my life where I was very, very low with very low self-esteem. I just had no sense of self-worth.”
She found herself carrying what she calls a negative tone to her life and to her thinking. And she started to realize she wasn’t alone in this kind of battle.
“Without even realizing it, I think a lot of people have ‘tapes’ playing in their minds telling them they are no good. I certainly had that going on.”
McIntyre discusses how a person really needs to take responsibility for the way that they think. That can appear to be a challenging task when stubborn thought patterns can become so entrenched. But it’s certainly possible.
She added that it doesn’t really matter where someone has been in life or what they’ve come out of – a person ultimately has to decide what they are going to do with the realities of what they’ve come from.
There is, at times, a tendency to remain stuck because people are often reluctant to take responsibility for their own lives and choose to continue blaming others, for example, for their troubles. But it’s a kind of thinking that gets a person nowhere.
“When I recognized that I had to take responsibility, I think that was the key.”
She also recalls studying the Bible more deeply, and applying many scriptural principles to her life that helped with getting her thoughts and overall perspective on life to a peaceful, healthy and hopeful place.
“It’s in my heart to get the word out because I think there is a message in there that a lot of people can grab onto, and it can change their lives.
Chapter titles run the gamut from Choose What to Think, Unconditional Love and Being Grateful to Without a Battle There is No Victory and Breaking Through among others. Each is written in a clear, concise and easy-to-follow manner. And as readers get to know the path of McIntyre’s own life, the book takes on an increasingly powerful, impactful and moving tone.
Meanwhile, aside from the official launch date of Sept. 24th, McIntyre is also hosting an event in Red Deer on Sept. 13th at the hall in Davenport Place, which is located at #2300 Danielle Dr. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m.
Books won’t be available for purchase, but orders will be taken. Everyone is welcome and it will be a chance for folks to talk with McIntyre about the project as well.
For more information about the event on Sept. 13th or about the book in general, contact Margie McIntyre by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 403-597-0216.