Why Christians Need a Book on Emotional Health

Why Christians Need a Book on Emotional Health

This July, we’re thrilled to release Wendy Backlund’s latest book, Victorious Emotions! Not only has gaining victory in emotions been a life-changing journey in Wendy’s personal life, but we believe renewing our minds to thrive in our emotional health is a key to lasting joy and increased influence for the Lord. Wendy’s friend and senior leader of Bethel Church, Candace Johnson, wrote the following foreword for Wendy’s new book on why she believes this is a vital message for the Body of Christ, and why Wendy is the woman to release it. If you’re interested in learning more about Victorious Emotions, click here to download chapter one of the book.

Foreword for Victorious Emotions

by Candace Johnson, Senior Leader and Pastor of Bethel Church

Wendy’s story and message are extremely powerful and timely in this landscape where people are battling depression at epidemic levels. And while we know it’s not limited to depression, it’s crazy how many of us struggle to have our emotional and mental world match what are wanting to do in life. I consistently encounter people who are trying their hardest to live the good Christian life, but who can’t figure out how to get traction internally. We have great aims for who we want to be and how we want to live, but are often stopped by the disparity of what we are experiencing. That’s what makes this book brilliant!

I am so proud of Wendy! I had the privilege of being on leadership with her and Steve at Mountain Chapel in Weaverville for four years and now at Bethel in Redding. They are great leaders whom I deeply respect. Watching her message develop as she presses into God and all that the Bible says we have access to, inspires me. Wendy is a woman of deep faith, courage, and perseverance.

Wendy’s message has the transformational power to revolutionize our world. If we can get it, I believe we will be able to step into all that God has created us to be. We aren’t meant to live under our experiences or to live trapped by our thoughts and feelings. Jesus came to give us abundant life. That’s more than enough life! It’s living above our past and our experiences; it’s living in full hope, peace, and joy.

I am inspired and encouraged as I read this book because there is life in its pages. It’s a comprehensive and holistic guide to living with victorious emotions and I’m confident people will get their lives back through reading and implementing the truth in it. It is filled with personal stories, examples, truths, and declarations that empower us to change. Wendy takes us a layer deeper than our emotions, where we usually focus, and targets our hope and belief systems. Why? Because, as she writes, “Emotion is always attached to belief systems.” This link is a game changer in knowing where to start the process of change. Her writing gives a brilliant context for the struggles we face in our emotional world, while creating a solid pathway to step into new realms of health.

Wendy has an authority in this area because she has journeyed through it and has figured out how to partner with truth to change the way she thinks. Each of the chapters provide truth to stand on and implement on your journey to breakthrough. You will be infused with hope and will be given keys to living victorious and free. What I love about keys is they help to unlock doors. I believe that there are keys in this book to unlock greater freedom in your life. So get ready to never be the same again.


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Wendy Backlund, along with her husband Steve, is from Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Wendy and Steve have a unique ministry that ignites hope, passion, joy, victorious mindsets and healthy relationships. They were senior leaders of renewal churches from 1991 to 2008 (Round Mountain, Nevada, and Weaverville, CA). The Backlunds travel regularly ministering to churches and leadership teams. Wendy has a passion for setting Christians free from their past and empowering them in their walk with Christ. She is a revelatory speaker, author, and teacher, enabling people to see life from a supernatural perspective.

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