Joyce Meyers, well-known author, speaker and Christian mentor’s new release teaches how to develop successful habits that encourage confidence and healthy self-esteem. Unlike many habits that foster feelings of frustration, stress and discouragement. Her writing style is engaging and conversational with specific examples on how to create good habits and break bad habits.
In the introduction, she defines a habit as a “…behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition” that soon becomes routine behavior. Smoking, nail-biting and cell-phone addiction might be good examples of habits that control us instead of our controlling them.
The experts have told Joyce both good and bad “…habits can be formed or broken in thirty days.” She cites examples from personal experience where she learned that to be true. With that in mind she encourages readers to focus on behaviors they want rather than obsessing over worrisome habitual behaviors that seem impossible to break.
She begins with what she calls the “God habit” and writes “…without the habit of spending time with God in prayer and studying His Word…habits overtake us and rule our lives.” Throughout the book she cites scripture and encourages readers to look to God’s Word for guidance. Although she writes about bad habits her emphasis is on the positives of faith, confidence and self-discipline.
Seventeen chapters demonstrate how to “…make or break a habit…” make wise decisions and gain control of yourself and your life with the following suggestions:
· Begin with one habit.
· Take it a day at a time…don’t be overwhelmed.
· Be clear about what you want to accomplish.
· Focus on the “right” behavior, not the “wrong.”
· Commit to 30 days and don’t expect overnight results.
· Develop a support system.
· Mentally keep your thoughts and words in alliance with your goal
· Celebrate every success
· If you make a mistake, let it go and start again.
· Don’t be discouraged, focus on what happens that day and never give up.
Joyce’s practical suggestions feature the power of words and thoughts which she writes “…are the starting point for breaking all bad habits,” (pg38) because our thoughts and words become actions that soon turn into habits. Changing habits requires self-discipline, commitment, time and hard work, yet the rewards are more than worth it. If readers hope to change some facet of their life reading Making Good Habits… would be a good place to start.
‘Making Good Habits-Breaking Bad Habits’ by Joyce Meyer, FaithWords, 2013, 208 Pages, 978-1455517381, $19.99
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‘Making Good Habits-Breaking Bad Habits’ by Joyce Meyer
From nail biting to cell phone addiction, procrastination to overspending, bad habits seem to outnumber the good ones. Unfortunately, we pay a price for bad habits that outweigh the immediate gratification that they bring.
In this book, Joyce Meyer starts by examining the nature of habits. The first habit – and most important one to have – is the God Habit. By making it a habit to start your day by reading the Bible and communing with God, asking for His help in your efforts and His strength and sustenance, the stage is set for overcoming the habits you want to break and establishing new ones in their place.
She then explores how to break bad habits by examining the destructive negative behavior patterns.
The author moves on to discuss fourteen good habits and devotes a chapter to each. By the end of the chapter, the reader has a specific road map to follow until the behavior has become automatic (the definition of a habit). It’s like following a GPS to get you to a new place. After traveling the same route several times, the GPS isn’t needed for you to find your destination. The ‘habit’ of following the right route is ingrained.
Among the habits discussed are:
The God Habit
The Habit of Being Decisive
The Health Habit
The Happy Habit
The Habit of Faith
The Habit of Excellence
The Habit of Being Responsible
The Generosity Habit
The Hurry Habit
The Discipline Habit
The Confidence Habit
‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak’ by Joyce Meyer
#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer discusses the importance of words…
“Words are a big deal. They are containers for power, and we have to decide what kind of power we want our words to carry. … I believe that our words can increase or decrease our level of joy. They can affect the answers to our prayers and have a positive or negative effect on our future. … One might say that our words are a movie screen that reveals what we have been thinking and the attitudes we have.”
Building on the premises of her bestselling books, Power Thoughts and Living Beyond Your Feelings, Joyce examines how we use words-the vehicles that convey our thoughts and emotions-and provides a series of guidelines for cultivating talk that is constructive, healthy, healing, and used for good results.
The Impact of Words
How to Tame Your Tongue
How to be Happy
When to talk and when not to talk
Speaking Faith and Not Fear
The Corrosion of Complaints
Do you really have to give your opinion?
The importance of keeping your word
The power of speaking God’s word
How to have a smart mouth
In “A Dictionary of God’s Word” at the end of the book, Joyce provides dozens of scripture verses, arranged by topic, and recommends that we read them aloud to strengthen our vocabulary of healing words.
‘Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive: Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness’ by Joyce Meyer
Building on her signature message of using the mind to master difficult emotions, Joyce Meyer focuses on the most destructive, insidious one of all: anger. It is responsible for broken relationships, sleepless nights, high blood pressure and ulcers. It destroys friendships, marriages and families, not to mention peace of mind. Anger is especially hard to handle for many Christians who have learned from childhood that “good Christians don’t get angry.” Meyer argues that properly handled, anger is an alert system that something is wrong and needs to be resolved.
In her latest book, she delves into the important process of forgiving, explaining its positive impact on the roots, the forms and the results of anger.
Why forgive? Joyce explains that forgiving is the only thing that can free one from the terrible turmoil that anger causes to spill over into every part of life.
Meyer understands that life will never be fair, but that is not a reason to let anger destroy our well-being and health. This is her guide to navigating that thorny territory and finding true peace.
‘Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don’t Control You’ by Joyce Meyer
The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, and many of those thoughts trigger a corresponding emotion. No wonder so many of us often feel like we’re controlled by our emotions. Our lives would be much improved if we controlled them.
In LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, Joyce Meyer examines the gamut of feelings that human beings experience. She discusses the way that the brain processes and stores memories and thoughts, and then – emotion by emotion – she explains how we can manage our reactions to those emotions. By doing that, she gives the reader a toolbox for managing the way we react to the onslaught of feelings that can wreak havoc on our lives.
In this book, Meyer blends the wisdom of the Bible with the latest psychological research and discusses: the 4 personality types and their influence on one’s outlook, the impact of stress on physical and emotional health, the power of memories, the influence of words on emotions, anger & resentment, sadness, loss & grief, fear, guilt & regret, the power of replacing reactions with pro-actions, and the benefits of happiness.
‘Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind’ by Joyce Meyer
In celebration of selling 3 million copies, FaithWords is publishing a special updated edition of BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND.
Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If readers suffer from negative thoughts, they can take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles. In her most popular bestseller ever, the beloved author and minister shows readers how to change their lives by changing their minds.
She teaches how to deal with thousands of thoughts that people think every day and how to focus the mind the way God thinks. And she shares the trials, tragedies, and ultimate victories from her own marriage, family, and ministry that led her to wondrous, life-transforming truth–and reveals her thoughts and feelings every step of the way.
This special updated edition includes an additional introduction and updated content throughout the book.
‘The Everyday Life Bible: The Power of God’s Word for Everyday Living’ By Joyce Meyer
Inside the pages of the Everyday Life Bible, readers will experience the opportunity to study Scripture as if Joyce were sitting next to them, chapter by chapter and precept by precept. Not only will they learn more, they will be able to share this new understanding with family and friends in a practical and down-to-earth manner.
For years audiences have watched Joyce Meyer deliver powerful messages while holding the source of her inspiration, the Bible.
Joyce Meyer is one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, she teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes.
Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.
She has authored nearly 100 books, which have been translated into 100 languages. More than 30 million copies of her books have been sold.
Joyce hosts a daily TV and radio show, Enjoying Everyday Life®, which broadcasts worldwide to a potential audience of 4.5 billion people.
Joyce conducts approximately a dozen domestic and international conferences every year, teaching people to enjoy their everyday lives. Her annual women’s conference has attracted well over 200,000 women to St. Louis for specifically themed teachings by her and guest speakers.
Joyce also sponsors Hand of Hope, which provides feeding programs, medical care, homes for orphans, and programs combatting human trafficking.