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Seven Things That Steal Your Joy: Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Happiness (Meyer, Joyce) Hardcover – April 6, 2004

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Meyer, host of the television show Life in the Word and author of a multitude of Christian books, presents a good survey of biblical texts referring to the central place of joy in the believer's life, but her conclusions from those verses do little more than restate the obvious. She gives advice to combat various "Joy Stealers" such as religious legalism, excessive reasoning, ungodly anger and envy, but her directives can be oversimplified: "Arm yourself with the kind of thinking that says, I would rather suffer than fail to please God. If you surrender to Him, you will never again intentionally disobey God." The book's language often slips into a very heavily Christian subculture accent: "I'll tell you what I'm believing for this year, Mom. I'm believing to walk in love with every person I come in contact with." Despite these drawbacks-and the fact that Meyer has already tackled many of these topics in her earlier titles-her basic, straightforward discussion will appeal to many readers, walking them through some valuable self-examination. The desire most people have for more joy, coupled with Meyer's growing name recognition, will make this a popular book.
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"A good survey of biblical texts referring to the central place of joy in the believer's life...[Meyer's] straightforward discussion will appeal to many readers, walking them through some valuable self-examination."―Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Meyer, Joyce
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; English Language edition (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446533513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446533515
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on May 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
One of the reasons this book is so authoritative is because the author describes how she overcame these "joy stealers" in her own life. What she learned she shares. The principles are doable, but more significant, they are based on the Bible. The principles work and they can be applied. She even gives specific examples of how they helped improve the quality of her life.
Joyce reminds us that joy is power. The adversary knows this and consequently tries to steal joy. However, since the joy of the Lord is your strength, "...there is nothing satan can do to stop you when your heart is full of joy" (p. 192). Therefore, maintaining joy is essential to receiving the abundant life Jesus died to give us. Joy is acquired and maintained in spite of circumstances. She spends considerable time discussing Paul's realization that he had learned to be content regardless of the circumstances (Philippians 4:11-13). Note this is something the apostle learned. Joyce says she learned it and she says we can learn it.
Another Scriptural truth that she devotes considerable time to is Proverbs 3:5&6, to "trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." Trust is coupled with faith in that "there are a whole lot of things only God can fix" (p. 165). Trusing Him means although we don't know what He is doing, we defer to His wisdom and that includes His timing.
Growing spiritually is a process. She reminds us, "There will always be things we want to see happen in our lives, but we can learn to enjoy where we are on the way to where we are going" (p. 162). Yes that is a theme she's addressed in her other writings, but the repetition is beneficial. This book builds upon her other writings. Certain themes are reinforced. I strongly recommend this book. It will help you to correctly interpret situations that occur that seemingly don't make sense.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on January 24, 2006
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If I am feeling sad or defeated, I put my Sony headphones on and Joyce talks to me. I know she is just reading her book, preaching her message, but the way she speaks, it really feels like she is talking directly to me, teaching me exactly the lesson I need to learn, exactly when I need to hear it. The timing of her messages in my life can only be described as supernatural. Many times the message is so right on, so clear, and such a relief, it reduces me to tears of joy. I am certain that God is using her to speak to me, and deliver the exact help I need, right when I need it. The fact is that my situation has not changed(much), but with God's help, I have been changed. God is so good.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brenda VINE VOICE on June 4, 2004
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This author's idea of being joyful in the Lord doesn't include the false joy we tend to see during Sunday morning hand shaking sessions - stiff jaw, toothy smile, and repetitive "Bless you" breathed more out of habit than belief. _Seven Things That Steal Your Joy_ reveals seven things that steal one's joy, and follows up with seven things to help keep "real" joy in one's life.
Joyce Meyers believes joy is the source of a Christian's strength. It's the balance one needs to be strong and truly happy, setting him or her apart from others. Seeking God's Will instead of one's own is one of the subjects Meyers discusses. She also points out that one doesn't need signs on how to behave as a Christian, because God writes it upon the heart. Obey His word, walk in the spirit, and it will all come naturally. Meyers believes Christians should stop taking themselves so seriously and have a little fun by enjoying life and enjoying their relationship with God.
Meyers' teachings can be very direct - outspoken even -- but never at the expense of others. It took years of trials and tribulations for Joyce to learn the truths she generously shares in this book. Her advice is clear and, more importantly, backed up by scripture -- as the church folks would say: It's an "Amen" or "Oh Me" kind of book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jesus Lover on September 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book helps you regain the joy that you thought you lost by pointing out the ways in which it was stolen. Too often as believers we get into a "rut" and we just don't "feel" like being joyful. So many things come at us and we begin to lose sight of God because of all the stuff piling up on top of us. This book helped me understand why I was in that "rut" and how to get out of it. No, the christian walk is not easy, but at least it can be joyful if we will stand strong in faith. If you feel like you have fallen it the "rut" of unjoyfulness, I suggest you buy this book and learn how to come back into the light before it is too late!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent and practical book. It's down to earth, real life, and written by somebody who's been there and done that.
The principles are simple, and the advice presented in a friendly manner. Some "joy stealers" may prove a revelation, while others serve as a strong reminder, but in any case, if the advice in this book is followed, you're sure to end up more content.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Good Girl Reviewers on August 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"The joy of the Lord is your strength." In Seven Things That Steal Your Joy, Meyer, best known for "practical teaching of the Word of God" does not disappoint. The message of this book is one that every believer should discover or rediscover and apply to their daily lives. With so much going on in the world and in our lives, it is so easy to forget to smile, laugh, have peace of mind and enjoy living. This is much easier said than done. Of course, we are not talking about "fake it to you make it joy" but the real joy that comes from having a personal relationship with Christ. By doing this first and foremost everyday, soon you will be overflowing with joy and on your way to a truly happy life no matter what. Easy to read, filled with tips for life application and enlightening---this book is a must read for every woman who wants to breakthrough to a consistently joyous life. Highly Recommended.

Reviewed by Cheryl for The GOOD GIRL Book Club [...]
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