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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2003
I've read the reviews here. Some I agree with. Some I don't.
I found this to be an amazing book about Joyce Meyer's journey toward realizing what Anxious for Nothing really means. I understand that the one reviewer felt more in bondage--that's how the enemy sometimes works when you're close to realizing your freedom. And it's certainly easy to relate to where Joyce is describing in her life.
I had never considered that the catalyst to anxiety would be reasoning for myself. I figured worry would spin into anxiety, but Joyce makes a convincing case for self-sufficiency and putting an unreasonable expectation on ourselves to figure and reason everything out--that leads to anxiety because we're in God's role instead of our own and therefore experiencing negative emotions to tell us we're out of place. If you pop your shoulder out of joint, your shoulder tells you, loudly no less, that it's out of place. That's what anxiety does. It shows us we're trying to play God with our lives and therefore are hurting because it's too much responsibility and WE CAN'T CONTROL EVERYTHING like God can.
I found the book excellent! Let my review serve as a taste.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2003
This book teaches you how to apply the Scriptural principles which will enable you to live in peace. In practical ways it shows how to overcome anxiety and worry.
She writes, "If we wait until everything is perfect before rejoicing and giving thanks, we won't have much fun. Learning to enjoy life even in the midst of circumstances is one way we develop spiritual maturity." She adds that we need to learn to be glad in the Lord Jesus every day along the way in life to our goals. Enjoy the process.
Added to this is the fact that God wants us to rejoice in His presence, not His presents she tells us. A lot of attention is devoted to focusing on the appropriate matters, i.e., God and His goodness as opposed to problems.
On God's involvement in our lives, she writes, "But when God starts something, He carries it through to completion without any struggle on our part." Similiarly she notes that if God is not in something it will not work out right. She says our "work" is to believe God.
This is a powerful book because it is true and practical. It teaches you how to apply the truths of God's Word to your daily life. Read it and benefit from it.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 1999
This book is so helpful to read if you're trapped in worry, anxiety, and fretting over things in your life. It really gives insight on how to trust God and find peace in your life
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2000
This book was definitely from God, given to us Christians through Joyce. This book has helped me tremendously to break free from the problem of worry & anxiety. I have learned so many things about God through this book, & the Lord brought this book to me at just the right time in my life, as I am going through a host of trials at this time. But thanks a great deal to this book, & what the Lord is showing me, I'm making it just fine! I highly recommend this book for EVERY Christian, even if you don't consider yourself a "worrier" by nature, because all of us worry to some degree in our lives at some point. There are many helpful, insightful things to be learned about God & how He operates through this book. Joyce does an excellent job of studying many key scriptures regarding worry/anxiety, & explaining them, then tying everything together. And coupled with this, she shares her own experiences, & her walk with the Lord as she went through the problem of worry/anxiety. Not only is it a teaching book, but also a very humorous one--I have laughed so much over some of the things she shares! This book will help you to become an overcomer, & a person filled with faith instead of fear! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, haven't been able to put it down, & I intend to go over it again. I've been reading very thoughtfully, slowly, & prayerfully so that these truths will sink themselves into my consciousness. You'll really enjoy this book--I consider it a MUST for every Christian home!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2001
Wow!!!! Joyce just keeps inspiring me on my walk with God. This book was given to me by a friend that also enjoys everything Joyce writes. I was so anxious about everything before reading this book and now i feel so Blessed and calm BIG TIME!!!! I was wasting so much time being anxious and now i feel i am a better Wife,Mother and Christian. I want to read ALL of Joyce's books! You will be changed after reading this book and if you don't feel like you have changed than read it again! You didn't happen upon this review by mistake!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2003
Joyce Meyer does a wonderful job in this book explaining how reasoning for ourselves gets in the way of our rest in Christ. She writes in her straightforward, clear, open manner that is so engaging and shares examples from her life that I could really related to. Of all of her books, this one and Battlefield of the Mind are the two I have kept through the years.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2005
I don't usually have time to write reviews, but I felt compelled to write one for this book. This book has changed my life! I love how Joyce quotes and refers to scriptures, but also that she tells true stories and circumstances that I could ABSOLUTELY relate to! (Some I thought more referred to my husband, but...). The only 'problem' that I see with this book is that you have to be truly ready to change some things in your life, because she speaks in absolute truths. Thank God for this book! May God bless you exceedingly and abundantly (Eph. 3:20)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2000
I can not express my appreciation to joyce meyer for her in depth tell all book of battling the mind with satan. I now only after the first 8 chapters I no longer have a feeling of desperation to figure out why I thought I was not normal. In the book she tells that we are normal, God wants us to be at peace, and how the devil takes our peace of mind away. This is an awesome intelligent read. I would highly recommend the book to anyone struggling with their feelings and wondering where the next peace of mind is coming from.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2006
I have been watching Joyce Meyer on TV for many years, but have not read any of her books until recently.

This book spoke to me "right where I am". It puts a handle on the reality of worry and anxiety.

Casting your cares on the Lord and being anxious for nothing, does not mean that you don't care about what is going on in your life. It means that you are totally dependant on God.

Thanks Joyce!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2000
The title itself explains it all. Joyce is someone that you can always relate to. She tells you that as a Christian we are not to be thinking of the worst or the "what if's". We are to stand on the word of God and what it says. This book came to me in a time in my life when I wondered why all seemed to be happening to me. I saw through this book that I had to change my way of thinking and go to the word. Truely we need to Cheer up and let go of all things except the word of God.
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