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Eat the Cookie...Buy the Shoes: Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Meyer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Engrained in our culture is the belief that unbending discipline is the only sure way to success. You must go to the gym five times a week, never order the dessert, and don't even think about buying that dress you keep staring at in the store window. Breaking from such a regimented lifestyle is a sign of weakness, right? Wrong!-and Joyce wants to tell us why...

Though setting rules in our lives are important, it's just as important that we break them from time-to-time. Structure is a powerful tool, but when diverging from your own goals is seen as catastrophic, it can have a hugely negative effect on us. Balance is a core value in life and every once in awhile we deserve to indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. So don't feel bad about straying from your goals every once-in-awhile and in fact, embrace it: eat the cookie and buy the shoes!

Editorial Reviews


"Sandra McCollom interprets the author's work and down-to-earth style with crisp, clear diction....McCollom's power and energy complement Meyer's teachings on the Bible, which stress the importance of starting the day with God, even if it's only 10 minutes....McCollom maintains vocal consistency throughout and provides context with her versatile vocal range. This audio devotional is a good choice to listen to during a short commute or while preparing for work."—AudioFile Magazine on New Day, New You

About the Author

Joyce Meyer has been in full-time ministry since 1980. She is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy inspirational books. She has also released thousands of audio teachings as well as a complete video library. Joyce's Enjoying Everyday Life television and radio programs are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences in the US and abroad. 

Joyce and her husband, Dave, are the parents of four grown children and make their home in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (April 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00351DSKK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take Time to Celebrate March 24, 2010
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Joyce Meyer's new book 'Eat the Cookie ... buy the Shoes' has a really simple theme: celebrate. Meyer takes on a subject that many Christians and even people in general have a hard time grasping in their lives - celebrate your accomplishments, life and the little things and stop sulking, moping, dwelling on past mistakes. Through the course of the book, Meyer explores all of the occasions a person should have reason or cause to celebrate. She also relates passages from the Bible to back-up her theory that Christians are supposed to celebrate and be happy; it's not just right but a mandate by God. It's not exactly a new, groundbreaking theory but it's an interesting read and something you don't hear or read many Christian authorities and authors writing on.

The Good: Even as a male, I found the topic refreshing. Too often in books written for the 'good and obedient Christian', we're lectured on how we're not doing right by God and how we're flawed and need to repent and will never get over the sins we've committed. Well, Meyer takes on this subject and turns it on its head. This is a very light, happy, celebratory piece of literature. She lectures the Christian but not in the manner of telling him/her that they have been bad and there's no way to recover, but to lecture them by saying 'lighten up!' She encourages us to party, to treat and indulge ourselves within reason, to take vacations and time off, to set goals and to figure out how we can improve our lives. It was refreshing and uplifting to hear such an authority in Christian faith like Joyce Meyer saying it's okay to take time out to celebrate, to have fun, enjoy life and that by doing so you may actually become a better Christian. The text is full of helpful tips on getting more enjoyment out of life and everyday living.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice on maintaining life balance March 4, 2010
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Every once in a while, I find myself reading a book that is serendipitous: the message I need, at just the right time.

Joyce Meyers' "Eat the Cookie ... Buy the Shoes" was just such an experience for me. Meyers writes about the importance of celebration in life, as well as the importance of discipline. The titular cookie and shoes are metaphors for learning to keep a proper balance in life.

Meyers' colloquial style is enjoyable, and her advice is sound. She provides examples from her own life to explain why both discipline and celebration are important factors in life, and even the need to celebrate having discipline around a problem area. A celebration can be a nice walk in the park and does not need to be something costly at all.

While Meyers writes from a Christian perspective that I do not necessarily share in its entirety, I found much encouragement and value in the pages of her latest work.

(Review based on advance readers' copy.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all in the title May 20, 2010
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First, the description on the Amazon page I saw for this product was misleading-- I thought this would be a CD, but it's a book. That problem aside (which will hopefully get corrected) the message in this book is good-- that we deserve some time and luxury in our lives, and that it's ok to treat yourself and not always deprive yourself of what you want. But there's not a lot of new information here and the title pretty much tells the story. I think Joyce Meyer brings positive and helpful messages generally and provides good lessons in how to live life, but sometimes in an effort to create another product to sell, the substance isn't always there. I prefer some of her other books, like Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reward Yourself March 31, 2010
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Joyce Meyer is a great source of inspiration and encouragement for many and in her new book, she offers encouragement for those who are worn down and overcome with stress.

Eat the cookies... buy the shoes is a real pick me up. I'm like most Moms, overwhelmed with responsibilities and short on time, this book speaks to those women.

The book doesn't delve into great spiritual issues but does offer encouragement to take a little time for yourself and who doesn't need that nowadays. Joyce teaches us to rejoice in the little things and to try and not take things so seriously. Take some time for yourself and just enjoy life.

Enjoyed the book very much and highly recommend.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two fold problem: Boring and Indulgent June 23, 2010
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It's ironic. I am feeling extremely guilty for reviewing a book about how not to feel guilty. Sigh. The book is BORING. I am not sure, but I think Joyce cranks out books by the dozen. I am sure she is a nice lady and she runs a wonderful ministry but the writing is not something you want to call your friends and share. It's not painful, it's just uneventful. I am having the hardest time finishing it and I have had the book staring me down for months. Nice lady, nice ministry, boring book. The premise of the book is that too many of us are feeling self indulgent and uptight for wanting the accessories of life - the new shoes, the cookies. I think I might have a bit of an ethical conflict with this premise as too many of us are, well, overweight and in debt. Perhaps those self imposed restraints are a good thing to be fostered. I honestly don't think many of us need any encouragement in the indulge yourself a bit habit, nor in creating ceremonies to celebrate. If anything I think more of us need to start some serious soul searching and embracing our frugal natures. How about we celebrate long walks with our kids, using the library and eating less?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat the Cookie..Buy the shoes
Love this book, funny and makes you realize life can be good and funny at the same time
Published 1 day ago by Jeanette Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Reading right now, great book
Published 1 month ago by Rita Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
From what my wife told me, this is a very a very good resource for ideas for discussions in her church women's group.
Published 2 months ago by Phil Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting
Great book! Easy read. Very uplifting, motivating and encouraging. Puts things into perspective, to stop beating yourself up and to start celebrating.
Published 3 months ago by Becky L Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great practical book on faith
It provides a great insight into a fuller life with God as the very center of it. Really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Tunde
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the book, eat the lessons!
In typical Joyce style, she lays it out simply and straight forward. If you are struggling with any issue life hands out, Joyce has a solution for you to try.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
excellent book at a great price...... I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it, I am passing it on to friends... thank you
Published 7 months ago by Catherine A Rienzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat the Cookie, etc.
Joyce is always down to earth and so level headed. I love her books and her TV ministries. She deserves a cookie.
Published 7 months ago by Deanne Helman
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration
Excellent book, I always need more of Jesus in my life. your books bring me more hope and faith to keep reaching out for more of Jesus that I'm so hungry for. Thank you so much. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat The Cookie...Buy the Shoes
This book is just what I need. Thanks so much for writing it. God bless you and your family abundantly!
Published 14 months ago by Lorraine McClary
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More About the Author

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.
Joyce 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 combating human trafficking.


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