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Look Great, Feel Great: 12 Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now Hardcover – April 4, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; English Language edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446579467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446579469
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Beloved Bible teacher and prolific author Meyer blends self-help with Scripture in this peppy guide to getting fit. You wouldn't want to attend a church with chipped paint or threadbare carpeting, says Meyer, so by the same token, your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, should be well cared for. After rehearsing her autobiography (a classic conversion narrative in which Meyer had a "poor relationship" with her body but then saw the light), Meyer offers 12 unoriginal steps to healthy living. She promises that if you follow her instructions, you will learn to love your body; boost your metabolism by drinking water and getting lots of sleep; eat more mindfully; envision feeling "fit, comfortable, and happy"; exercise; avoid fad diets; and even have a better relationship with God. The most important part of the book may be the epilogue, which addresses the rising rate of childhood obesity. Occasionally, Meyer seems out of touch with reality. For example, she says that one of the main reasons people fail to care for their bodies is that they are "pathologically selfless," so caught up in altruistic deeds that they forget to care for themselves. All in all, there's nothing here that hasn't been said many times before. (Apr. 4)
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About the Author

AUTHORBIO: Joyce Meyer lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Customer Reviews

I put it above my desk and begin my day reading the entire thing.
Joyce Meyer gives practical advice to readers on how to live a quality life through better eating and exercise.
E. Key
Joyce Meyer gives an introduction but the book is read by another voice.
C. Hefling

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Alicen D. M. on May 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have seen Joyce Meyer on TV a few times, and I think she is just great. One of my girlfriends always tells me I need to read her books. When I saw this book I thought it would be a great time to stop putting off getting into better shape. After having a child last year, I have been carrying some extra weight. My diet hasn't been the best lately either.

This was a very down to earth book that has given me the motivation to take better care of myself. I believe God wants us to take good care of our bodies, and I already feel better just by doing some stretching and moderate exercise in the morning, and eating more salads and less junk food. I decided not to make radical changes that I wouldn't stick with, but gradual efforts that I could handle. This book really helped me to get started. And I naturally like the fact that it's written by a wonderful Christian woman like Joyce Meyer. My friend told me how much she also loves Battlefield of the Mind, so I bought that too and will start that one next. Right now I am reading Passenger's Side which is really incredible. It too has helped me so much. I would highly recommend both of these.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2006
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First off I ONLY read this book because I wanted to see if there was anything in it that was worth following.

I am not a big fan of televangelists, but this book by Ms. Meyers caught my eye because of three chapters or Keys. Keys 4,5 and 6. Exercise, Balanced eating and Water. And then the last Key 12 Take Responsibility. These are such important keys especially when one looks around at Americans who are amongst the least fit and most obese of any industrialized nation.

And the taking responsibility chapter is so important I believe because there is a large (in my opinion) segment who believe that all they have to do is trust God and the weight will drop off. Hard work and self discipline is what produced results.

Water is another element I am so glad to see the author writing about because water is so important for a healthy body and healthy life. One need only see how often water is mentioned throughout history.

And I was pleased to see her write that water not other beverages is so important for flushing out the system of toxins, which in turn helps the body run better which then results in more efficient burning of fat, and a healthier skin, hair, nails and sleep.

At the end of each chapter there is a section where the reader can write down an action they will do that day for that section. Like for the water section, one might write down that they will drink a glass of water every three hours. And the author reminds us that people walked most places and did physical work daily in the past.

So simply using a push lawn mower, parking further from a store and walking, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator are simple changes one can do daily. That's the gist of the book which makes it well worth reading even if you are not a believer.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patsy on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book not quite sure what I was getting, but the concept sounded good. I began the book on a Friday and finished it by Sunday night. I am a Christian so I agree wholeheartedly about Key 1 - Letting God do the Heavy Lifting. Our willpower is our best friend when things are going well, but our downfall when things aren't so peachy. Willpower then takes its leave and in comes reason and believe me, I can reason my way into or out of anything! I'm too tired, I don't want to go to the store, it is just one bite, it won't hurt anything, I don't want to get up early, I don't want to walk - I'm in a hurry, etc. Reason will always let you down. The bible says we are led by God's Spirit, not our own willpower. "Not by might, not by power (or willpower), but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts". Willpower isn't a bad thing, but instead of relying on it, Joyce teaches us to rely on His Spirit instead. Call on God and ask Him for His strength, His peace, His Joy!

The second thing that caught my eye was learning to eat only the foods that God created for me to eat. And that is not just true, it is Gods truth! If we stick to good, healthy food that is as close to the way God created it as it can be, we can't go wrong. Meats, Veggies, Fruits, Nuts, etc. Get rid of the processed junk and eat what God meant for us to eat.

I loved this entire book and typed up all of my actions from the 12 keys. I put it above my desk and begin my day reading the entire thing. On my lunch hour I am reading my Bible and getting spiritually fed too.

Joyce identifies herself with all of us and does not sit on a pedestal above us. I appreciate that. I also identified with her because my dad sexually, mentally, and physically abused me from age 8 to 13.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By C. Hefling on April 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy Joyce Meyer's candid and practical advice. She is an excellent teacher. I also believe this will be the last book I will need on this subject because she has given me the tools and the wherewithal to overcome.

This isn't a diet book. It's a book on being healthy and whole and accepting ourselves. While I was already entrenched in an exercise routine, I was surprised to find that I was stressed. I don't live a stressful life but because of my hormonal imbalances I am a very stressed person. So expect to be surprised at where your struggles truly are.

I agree with the above poster that she should have left off the numbers when she spoke of her struggles. 6lbs or 20lbs is not what most of us are struggling with and it seems to demoralize the rest of us. I disagree however that mindless eating should not have it's own chapter. This mindless eating is something I struggle with and I was happy that it came with it's own key. I was grateful for the opportunity to have a separate focus and grateful for the additional steps to work through.

I'll also mention that I purchased the CD version as well as the book. (I prefer to read, my husband prefers not to read) I was sorely disappointed in the CD. Joyce Meyer gives an introduction but the book is read by another voice. Also Joyce appears to read the introduction so her personality doesn't come through and it sounds rather dry. If you have ever watched one of her shows you know she isn't a "dry" personality. Also, I didn't think the CD was laid out very well. Key 1 starts on track 10 of CD 1, and the other keys are broken up as well. I have listened to other CD books from Joyce where each CD is a separate lesson. Those are excellent!
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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.