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Experience the Complete Freedom God Originally Planned for You—Body, Mind, and Spirit

Do you feel like depression, anxiety, or addiction have hijacked your life? Mental and emotional disorders impact every part of society—and disrupt life for even the most spiritually devout, intelligent and respected people. Unfortunately, many who suffer from these devastating disorders seek healing through costly, and sometimes harmful, counseling and medications—measures which may bring temporary relief but do not fully correct the underlying problem.

Jacquelyn Sheppard exposes the vital connection between your body, mind, and spirit—and gives you practical tools to:

  • understand the connection between your mind and body and discover root causes for such illnesses as depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, and others.
  • identify the life cycles of each disorder —prenatal, childhood, adolescence and adulthood— so you can overcome each cycle using the right tools.
  • gain practical “know-how” to effectively combat these disorders through life-giving steps of health transformation.

Reclaim your emotional and mental wellbeing! Silent Takeover delivers ancient wisdom, accessible science, simple nutrition, and life experience while providing a clear blueprint to help you pioneer a new life pathway.

Don’t let your past determine your future—change is possible!


Jacquelyn Sheppard is a mother, grandmother, educator and writer. She and her husband, Glenn, live in Missouri on a ten-acre farm where they raise sheep and goats and spoil their eight grandchildren, who live in Boston, Kansas City and Northern Ireland. She is the founder of a private high school, a former journalist and photographer, and the co-founder of International Prayer Ministries. For the past 50 years, her extensive research, experience, and concepts concerning the body and the brain have enabled many to live better lives.

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What a wonderful book.  I was fascinated with this book from the beginning.  Ms. Sheppard has done many, many years of research and has used her own life as an example of how “the body hijacks the mind”.  This was a very eye opening book.  I often thought while reading this book that if we were all more able to:


  1. ”Understand the connection between your mind and body, and discover root causes of depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other illnesses.”
  2. “Identify the life cycles of each disorder—prenatal, childhood, adolescence and adulthood—so you can overcome each cycle using the right tools.”
  3. Gain practical ‘know-how’ to effectively combat these disorders through life-giving steps of health transformation.”  Taken from the back of the Ms. Sheppard’s book Silent Takeover.


This is definitely a book that I will be keeping on my shelf so that I can return and read it again or reference it as I would like. 


Thank you Ms. Sheppard for the opportunity to read and review your book.    I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

Silent Takeover, written by Jacquelyn Sheppard, is a book about the connection of our body and mind. Much of the book talks about the importance of proper nutrition and lists the different items that may be lacking in our bodies, causing emotional, mental or addictive disorders. The later part of the book covers the importance of prayer, music and silence in our lives.

One of the things the author writes about that really caught my attention was “Cry your heart out. Scream your pain out. Refuse to keep the pain inside where it will continue to eat at you, little by little, hindering you from becoming the person you can be.” She tells us to take time off from work and to talk with others to help with our pain.

The author also points out that the type of music we listen to can affect our mind. And that not taking a day of rest will also affect us. This one is so important the God made it our fourth commandment.

I felt the book was rather hard to keep my attention. I wish the author would have given more helpful information for the nutrition part, such as a list of foods to eat. But I thought the later part of the book was really good.

I received of copy of the book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

I have posted my review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, DeeperShopping, Christianbook and on my blog at https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/silent-take-ove...

I have read this book and blogged my review: http://bit.ly/29Samy3

That blog posts to Facebook and Google+. I also placed reviews on Amazon, CBD, Deeper Shopping, GoodReads and Twitter.

Here is the text of my blogged review:

The mind and body are related. We might be familiar with how the mind affects the body, but what about the effect of the body on the mind?

Sheppard was inspired to investigate this subject because of her poor physical health, starting from childhood. She has included the fruit of her fifty years of study in this book.

She covers many, many subjects: effect of genetic inheritance, effect of diet on the mind, links between nutritional deficiencies and mental disorders, side effects and risks of antidepressants, the role of positive and negative ions, oxytocin and the mind, watching television and the effect on brain neuron development, and more.

She writes about taking steps to correct what is malfunctioning in the body, including choices and commitment. She notes it may take years for brain cells to rebuild. She includes the importance of sleep, how inflammation “is now considered the cause of most diseases” (110), the role of thoughts, sugar, chemicals in women's makeup and in cookware.

Sheppard includes a spiritual aspect to her book, noting the effects of prayer, music, worship, and the peace that comes from Christian belief.

Sheppard has done a massive amount of research. She has twenty five pages of footnotes. She says with the new understanding of how the body determines to a great extent how the brain functions, that what we know about mental illness and addictive disorders will be “completely revolutionized in the next decade.” (113)

I recommend this book to those interested in understanding the relationship of the body to the mind. I do wish there would have been bullet points at the end of each chapter highlighting four or five major points. This is the kind of book where you might want to take notes so you can put in to use the information that is given.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Jacquelyn Sheppard is a mother, grandmother, educator and writer. She and her husband live on a ten acre farm in Missouri. You can find out more at http://www.jacquelynsheppard.com/.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

So…this book wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was going to be more about how Jesus heals us of these issues that are listed on the back of the book. That isn’t the case. This book is a lot about nutrition and vitamins and how what we eat or take into our bodies and have an effect on our minds.

Even though it wasn’t what I expected I did find parts of it interesting and I did learn some new things as well. Like now I know why certain things happen in my body, it might be because of what I ate.

It was also interesting to learn how even from birth things that go into our bodies are so important.

If you are interested in learning more about how what you take in can affect your mind than you will probably enjoy this book and learn a lot as well.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

Silent Takeover, by Jacquelyn Sheppard, was a very interesting read. Through my life I have been around smokers, and I always wondered if this is set in our minds to follow them or not. This book helps to answer these questions. It also talks about emotional and mental health issues, which many face. I feel it is a useful book for most of us, even if we aren't affected directly, we may know someone dealing with these issues. It also tells ways that we can help deal with these issues, such as changing diets. Prayer us also a useful tool to help deal with these items. Such a useful book. I was given this book by The Book Club Network and Destiny Image in exchange for my review. This review was also posted on Good Reads, http://ksnapier.blogspot.com/ , Google Books, Family Christian, Amazon.

This book is so much more than I expected.It literally opened my eyes to how much our minds and bodies are connect. ed  to influence the state of our health.

In a very easy to understand and interesting format, I came to understand the ways my body heals and all of the ways I can suffer the effects of neglect and open the door to many types of illness.

Our bodies have a very well balanced system designed by God for life, and there are so many ways we alter our cells, that can bring us healing or harm.

Jacqueline Sheppard's book is a great tool  for regaining health and therefore life. I highly recommend it.

I received this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Silent Takeover by Jacquelyn Sheppard is a fascinating book on the mind--body connection. Well documented with research and based on Judeo-Christian faith, the book is chock full of information regarding the biochemical makeup of the human brain and body. Even though the author discusses things like neurotransmitters, receptors, neurochemistry and the endocrine system, she has written in an easily understandable and easily readable manner, even for the non-medical reader. The book is laid out in four parts, How the body affects the mind, How the mind affects the body, Putting the puzzle together and Redesigning body, soul, and spirit. The discussions in these four parts run the gamut of genetics and gender issues, to addictions (not only to nicotine and alcohol but sugar as well) and mental disorders. Video games, soy products, fluoride, personal care products and even some of the cookware we use may have a devastating effect on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The information Sheppard gives is startling and yet she claims a reversal of these effects is possible and being informed and educated is the beginning of the battle to replace damaged cells with healthy ones. Stating there are over 6000 research studies on the effects of prayer and health, Sheppard asks "Could it be that prayer, because it is the communication system that reaches from you to Christ, is a means of recovery and healing of your body, soul, and spirit?" Other positive practices that may bring about healing are laughter, a Sabbath rest, fasting, silence and having a grateful spirit. Readers are reminded there are no easy answers or quick fixes and changing how one thinks is not an easy task. "Yet the results can be life-changing."
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review. I have posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deepershopping.com, Christianbook.com, Bookfun.org, Booksamillion.com, Familychristian.com, Kobobooks.com, librarything.com, and GoodReads.com, if available.

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What a great book to keep and use for a reference. I would give this book as a gift too. Having depression for years this book gave me a totally different view to take. Being able to understand the link between your mind and body can give you more insight. You can also discover the root to all of these mental and emotional disorders. I especially needed this book now and think God for giving me the opportunity to review it.
I plan to use this book for more insight into my depression. I also plan to take charge of it. God can help us and guide us through all!
I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
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"Silent Takeover: Overcoming Emotional, Mental, & Addictive Disorders" written by Jacquelyn Sheppard, is a health, Christian living book. It is a 244 page paperback book published by Destiny Image. "How the Body Hijacks the Mind" is also on the front cover. Wow, what a statement to explore.

Author Sheppard has written a well organized, researched, and informative book on mental health and personal growth. It has biblical principles woven throughout it. She broaches tough subjects such as depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, among other illnesses and how the your body, mind, and spirit are connected. She was inspired to write this book to help others for personal reasons. She has suffered from poor health since she was a child.

Her book is divided into four sections. The first one is how the body affects the mind. The second deals with how the mind affects the body. Her book's third section is entitled "Putting the Puzzle Together" where one chapter discusses addiction and the other how chemicals change your life. The last section is "Redesigning Body, Soul, and Spirit" which starts with a chapter on "How Prayer Changes Your Body and Mind". She ends her book with twenty five pages of notes on references.

This book addresses the importance of proper nutrition. It reviews thing that might be missing and cause emotional, mental or addictive disorders. The fourth section of the book discusses the importance of prayer, music and silence for health in our lives. She tells us that rest is important, and reminds us that God set one day on the week aside for just that purpose. However, just listening to music isn't enough. The type of music we listen to is important.

This book has so much information it was hard to absorb at one time. I had to read a few chapters and ponder what I had read. The author has done a wonderful job proving information in an easy to understand way, there is just a lot of it. She discusses brain cells and how long it takes for them to regenerate. Chemicals are in so many things that people don't even consider. She talks about chemicals in cookware and cosmetics. I found the information on inflammation interesting. Most everyone is or has been affected by inflammation somewhere in their bodies. She talks about the enemy (Satan) and how he attacks our health. She asks "could it possibly be that Satan and his evil forces may know more about sound and music than we do?"

I would highly recommend this book. Everyone will glean something from it. It would be nice for anyone interested in how the mind and body affect each other or total health. If you or a family members suffers from an illness, especially mental, this book will provide insight. There are no discussion questions but a group would have no trouble discussing this informative book. It is one I will keep on my bookshelf and refer to later. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. Reviews have been posted on Amazon, B&N, cbd.com, Deepershopping.com, Goodreads.com, and The Book Club Network.

This was such an interesting book full of a lot of information that I have not thought about or heard of before.  I initially grabbed this book because so many times I have felt like different mental things have been taking over my life, like I know many people I am in contact with are the same way.  I found myself gripped by realities that there is something to what you're putting into your body and how it affects what's coming out of your mind.  For an author who has not trained or taken classes in this area, she is very knowledgeable and is able to communicate it with people who are not  familiar with the biological terms for things.  There is a lot information to piece through, but the author brings it up a lot throughout the whole book so by the end you feel like you have good grasp on the information that is being presented.  This is a book that you need to be paying attention to in order to get all of the information necessary, but I found it so interesting to learn so many things that I didn't know about how the mind and the body work together. She gives so many things that you can apply to your life.  I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion.  Reviews are also posted on Amazon, GoodReads, and my blog: booksreviewed4you.wordpress.com .


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