Battle Ready

Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously

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"The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy's tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!"--Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Too often we fail to prepare for our battles. So when challenges, troubles, or opportunities arise, we rapidly become burdened with limiting thoughts of self-doubt, fear, impossibility, and lack. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can train our minds to conquer uncertainty, beat insecurity, and step past the tragedies of yesterday.

Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life. You'll gain practical wisdom, like how to

· make new habits stick in just five steps
· disarm the seven most common attacks that plague women
· exchange self-limiting thoughts for purpose-driven, love-releasing thoughts
· implement thirty-second mind-lifters that deliver peace
· create boundaries so you live life full of what matters

You can live victoriously.

"The most difficult fights we will face in this life will be within our own hearts and minds. Battle Ready will help encourage, empower, and equip you to live in true victory."--Holley Gerth, bestselling author of Fiercehearted

"Battle Ready will enable you to avoid defeat and discouragement and walk confidently in faith instead. Highly recommended."--Karen Ehman, national speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut and Listen, Love, Repeat

Kelly Balarie
is the author of Fear Fighting and is a featured blogger at and A passionate national speaker, she has spent a decade leading groups of women in spiritual growth, marriage building, and Bible studies across the nation. Balarie lives with her husband and two small children near the sun-soaked shores of the East Coast.


"The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy's tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!"

Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"The most difficult fights we will face in this life will not be on the outside; they will be within our own hearts and minds. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety throughout my life, I know this firsthand. Battle Ready will help encourage, empower, and equip you to live in true victory."

Holley Gerth, bestselling author of Fiercehearted

"Do you ever wonder why you struggle at times with doubt and insecurity, even though you are a follower of Christ? When trials and troubles come your way, does your faith seem to falter rather than flourish? Battle Ready will equip and empower you, teaching you where to park your mind during such difficult times. Its practical advice and pen-to-paper reflection sections, coupled with the truths of Scripture sprinkled throughout, will enable you to avoid defeat and discouragement and walk confidently in faith instead. Highly recommended."

Karen Ehman, national speaker, New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All and Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Cen

"Battle Ready is a field manual for the mind. If you desire to think more like Christ, its truths, stories, personal applications, and discoveries will undoubtedly lead you to renewed places of peace, hope, and life."

Elisa Morgan, speaker and author of The Beauty of Broken

"Relational, emotional, and physical trials often hit one hundred miles an hour, making us feel defenseless and powerless. This no longer has to be the case. Battle Ready, an exploratory, hands-on book, provides dozens of mind-renewing truths, hope-building exercises, and habit-changing techniques to help you endure the worst of times, with Jesus, as if it was the best of times."

Shannon Ethridge, MA, life/relationship coach and author of 20+ books, including the million-copy bestselling Every Woman's Battle series

"Whatever battle you are fighting, Kelly comes alongside and arms you with practical wisdom, biblical truth, and a victorious battle cry, 'Yes, God can!' Battle Ready is more than a book; it's a plan to keep at the ready for all life's trials."

Kristin Schell, author of The Turquoise Table

"Battle Ready is a book that helps proactively prepare us to fight back against doubt, disbelief, and uncertainty in order to live from a stance of determination, resiliency, and faith to be all that God has called us to be. Kelly offers twelve warrior mind-sets, from recognizing the possibilities in working with God to living in humility in order to align our mind with Christ as we proceed into battle from a place of victory. Battle Ready provides tangible suggestions of ways to take heart and keep our minds focused on His truth for victorious living."

Dr. Michelle Bengtson, international speaker and author of Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor's Personal Journey through Depression and the companion Hope Prevails Bible Study

"With passion and authenticity, Kelly Balarie delivers a truth-packed feast for the soul in Battle Ready. Kelly inspires us to notice our thought patterns so we can change how we think with Scripture as our guide and the Spirit as our strength. Kelly cheers us back to the Daddy of our hearts as we learn the dance of taking each thought captive to Him. This book will wake your heart up to the beauty of God's Word, encourage you to deeply tune in to God, and grow your affection for your Savior. Battle Ready will change minds, hearts, and lives. If you need a transformed mind, let this powerful book, along with the power of Scripture, cheer you on towards the joy and freedom God has for you."

Sarah Beth Marr, author of Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead 

"What goes on inside our head often steers us in the wrong direction. We desperately need to do a thought audit to weed out the world's life-sucking lies and replace them with God's life-giving truth. If you're ready to silence the negative voices in your mind, Kelly will lead the way with this powerful book."

Jill Savage, author of No More Perfect Moms and No More Perfect Marriages

"As I soaked up Battle Ready, I was struck by the everyday practicality of its message, as well as the nuggets of gold wisdom in each chapter. Kelly has a special way of vulnerably sharing her own struggles, all while pointing readers to the never-fading truth of Scripture. This book is not just words on a page; it's an invitation to saturate our minds with the wisdom found in God's word. Battle Ready will encourage you to see yourself as God's beloved child, and it will inspire you to live boldly--like a warrior ready to follow Christ wherever He leads. You will not only want to read this book but you'll want to mark it to death with a highlighter and pen."

Kendra Broekhuis, author of Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert's Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor

"Battle Ready is a mental and spiritual boot camp of lessons to prepare you for what life throws at you in the future and heal you from what life threw at you in the past. Kelly's bite-sized pieces of powerful truths make the biblical principles easy to understand and practical to apply. Get ready to wave the flag of victory over the battles you may face."

Sharon Jaynes, author of Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold

"Battle Ready is chock-full of reminders, mini-lessons, and truths for every battered and bruised one of us. With honesty and insight, Kelly points to the path where the meek become mighty and the weary wise."

Erin Loechner, blogger at and author of Chasing Slow

"Kelly is a prayer warrior who knows firsthand the power and importance of taking captive her thoughts to make them obedient to Christ. If you struggle with negative mental chatter--or a full-blown assault--you'll find Battle Ready a practical guide to arresting stray thoughts and making them submissive to Jesus. Whatever your battle, may you grow to have the mind of Christ in you and toward others."

Asheritah Ciuciu, founder of One Thing Alone Ministries and author of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional and Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction

"Kelly has written a powerful, timely, and essential book for our day. There's no fluff here. Well researched and yet so accessible, this book reads like one part manual and one part devotional. Kelly invites us on a journey of transformation that's solidly biblical and profoundly inspirational. It takes time and persistence to change the way we think. Make space in your life and prayerfully work your way through the pages of this book. With God's help you'll discover that you're actually wired for freedom."

Susie Larson, talk radio host, national speaker, and author of Your Powerful Prayers

"In a day and age when it's easy to settle for an ordinary existence, Kelly Balarie empowers her readers to choose an extraordinary path toward an extraordinary God. Battle Ready invites women to shift thought-patterns, perspectives, and life-purposes in order to become the 'warriors' God created us to be."

Aubrey Sampson, speaker, church planter, and author of Overcomer: Breaking Down the Walls of Shame and Rebuilding Your Soul and Game Changer: Lament and Hope in Seasons of Difficulty 

"In today's culture, it can be all too easy to get stuck in a harmful thought habit that prevents us from being the best version of ourselves. Kelly Balarie's Battle Ready is more than just inspiration from a trusted friend. This book is a complete resource that will allow you to reclaim your confidence once and for all. Anyone can bring out their inner warrior using this remarkable guide."

Anne Watson, speaker and author at and host of The Declare Conference podcast

"Worry and doubt can plague our minds and threaten to take us down in the toughest of times. Battle Ready is an invitation to live differently. We don't have to spend our lives in a constant state of trepidation. Step by step, Kelly points us in a new direction toward a faith-filled life and shows us how to live with deep-seated hope no matter what we face!"

Ruth Schwenk, founder of and author of The Better Mom and Pressing Pause

"I believe we are living in one of the most profound hours in human history. Out of the ashes God is raising up a generation of warriors by clothing them in His beauty. It is these transformed ones who are destined to transform culture. Mind-sets are foundational to this process. What we believe is who we become. In this book Kelly Balarie presents biblical truth in such a masterful way that it dismantles dysfunctional belief systems and empowers the reader to be 'battle ready' for this journey called life. My prayer is that God would use this book as a catalytic tool in His hands to empower multitudes around the globe."

Darren Davis, senior pastor of The Harbour Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

"Battle Ready is a training manual for those preparing for a war that is fought and won in the spiritual realm. May I suggest you take a long approach and not rush through your reading. Grab your Bible, journal, and pen and take this step-by-step guide one section, or even one question, at a time. 'Choose decisively,' as Balarie writes, to prepare your mind."

Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist's Daughter

"This is not a book. It's an armory filled with every weapon you need to protect yourself from your own brain. Mine is a vulnerable li'l noodle. Bits of shrapnel poke Swiss cheese holes through my cerebrum, and when I saw a book that would help me stop being so mean to myself I grabbed it immediately. Kelly Balarie, save us from ourselves! Need some tactics to overcome the mental battle inside you? Battle Ready will equip you with every practical idea you need to be the boss of your own mind."

Melanie Dale, author of It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You Didn't Choose and Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends

"Though nothing can replace the Word of God to renew your mind, Kelly Balarie shares both Scripture and personal stories in a relatable way that helps increase your courage and confidence. Battle Ready gives practical directives to show you how God wants to meet you in each struggle to help, teach, and train your soul with truth strategies that empower. If you are longing for renewal and want to experience real transformation, then this is the perfect book for you."

Gwen Smith, cofounder of Girlfriends in God, speaker, worship leader, and author of I Want It ALL and Broken Into Beautiful

"When I minister to people who are battling fear or anxiety, I will start with sharing my own 'day in the life of a bipolar' story. But then I will give them five things I do on a daily basis to thrive with it! One of those things is to read books on the subject; I will now be including Battle Ready in that list. First, reading is imperative when I am having a tough mental day because it allows me to get my mind off my mind. If I can sit down, get still, and dive into a book like Battle Ready, my mind is focusing on the words, the pages, and the inspiration, not on the anxieties and fears of that day. Second, no doubt God has called and equipped experts to pen their stories and knowledge for the betterment of others. Battle Ready is no exception. I look forward to giving this book away to the people I minister to and know that God will use Kelly's personal experience and His infallible Word to bring help and healing to their minds."

Heather Funk Palacios, Church by the Glades

"Battle Ready is a powerful and practical tool that will help you bridge the gap between your destiny and the smokescreen of mental, spiritual, and emotional attacks that oppose it to keep it from becoming reality. Powerful people think powerful thoughts! This book will empower you to think powerfully so you can live a bold and victorious life."

Justin Allen, founder, president, and apostolic overseer of Perpetual Springs Ministries, Associate of Global Awakening

"If you struggle to believe God's promises or to feel secure in your identity as His daughter, Battle Ready will walk you through strategies to strengthen your faith and confidence. Kelly is like a warm friend who links arms with you, offering everything she's learned in her own journey, and her honesty as she shares stories of her own battles makes this a relatable read."

Mary Carver, coauthor of Choose Joy: Finding Hope & Purpose When Life Hurts

"In Battle Ready, Kelly Balarie vulnerably shares from her struggles with runaway thoughts and self-limiting words. Her real-life action steps exhort and equip us to take control of our minds, submit our hearts to Christ, and experience a resulting life transformation. Battle Ready is packed with honest, heartfelt encouragement, and I can't wait to read it again."

Jen Weaver, author of A Wife's Secret to Happiness

"The enemy has two goals: to keep us from believing and surrendering our lives to Jesus, and, if he cannot accomplish that, to keep us rendered useless as believers, tied up in bondage, lies, and shame. Through Kelly's study, these lies and shame can be changed into truth and confidence, setting us free to be all God has designed and called us to be. God is moving to set His daughters free, and a renewing of the mind is where it starts. I believe this book is where God is working--renewing our minds to transform us into victorious warriors. I recommend all women spend time investing in their freedom, in the truth and love of God that are captured so well by Kelly in Battle Ready!"

Carmella Hansberger, Bible study teacher and women's pastor at Mariners Church, Irvine, CA

The Author

  1. Kelly Balarie
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    Kelly Balarie

    Kelly Balarie is the author of Fear Fighting, Battle Ready, and Rest Now. When speaking at women's conferences around the nation, Kelly delights in joining hands with women as they go through life's ups and downs. To see marriages...

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