Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica by Ana Smiljanic
This book is packed with wisdom that gives not only spiritual knowledge but also shows how our thoughts affect our life. If you would like to become closer to God as well as change your life or outlook to your surroundings read this book.
Here are my own thoughts after reading this great book.
In order to achieve a peace the humans must change their behavioral patterns as well as inner thoughts. Thoughts generate the circumstances and wrongful desires that many try to change or avoid. A positive mind strives for a peaceful way of finding a solution. God plays an important role in his life. An envious, greedy and angry soul always strives for more power or revenge. He is guided by negative thoughts, wrong desires that do not allow him to find an inner peace. He would not stop until his desires are satisfied. Therefore, guided by his own thoughts and sinful desires he leads himself and others into the destruction. The finale result is many lives are destroyed, children and women are raped, endless wars, hunger and people killed.
These kind people would achieve their goals but might face a Hell at the end of their journey.Therefore, a peace must start within yourself. Once your mind generates thoughts of love, kindness and your heart is free of anger and can forgive, you would find your peace. Another step is to stop misjudging others or making wrong conclusions because you do not know anything about them neither lived their lives. But only making fool of yourself and destroying your soul by false accusations. Consequently, once you build relationship with God and change your ways those around you would be positively affected by the good energies that you would give out. Strive for God's grace and His love.
I have indeed enjoyed reading this book. It is full of wisdom and first-hand experiences that can help anyone. Therefore, I would recommend this book to every struggling soul or anyone who turned away from God or keeps searching for the meaning of his existence.
The author's experiences with demonic forces as well as God’s grace and love give the readers valuable lessons. He clearly explains how the dark forces trap the innocent souls and drag them in the world of darkness and emptiness away from God.
The author has also introduced us to the saint elder Paisios- a man from whom we must learn how to love unconditionally and achieve God's grace.
After reading this book I was pushed to write the following:
You pray to statues representing many Gods and offer sacrifices to them as well as keeping animal as something sacred. How can you enter paradise if you are constantly fooled by Satan and worshiping him? There is only One God that you must worship but you have forsaken Him. Animals are his creation. A cow cannot be worshiped or treated like God.
Fool is searching for answers or a meaning of the life in wrong places and keep jumping from one religion to next. He feels as if something is missing. He turns to yoga, meditation, witchcraft, astrology, hypnosis or fortune tellers looking for solution. However, the answers that he finds come from Satan. With the wrong choices, his soul becomes a prisoner of demonic forces. Slowly he starts experiencing strange occurrences unaware that they come from dark side that settled deep down in his soul. He has built a bond with evil forces! Is it late for him? Who can save him now?
It is time to free yourself from the demonic forces. Confess, repent, pray and worship to true God. He is loving God who will forgive and take you back even though you are worthless of His forgiveness.