- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: FaithWords; Revised, Subsequent edition (November 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044669259X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446692595
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 387 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beauty for Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing Paperback – November 1, 2003
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Joyce Meyer is the bestselling author of more than seventy inspirational books, including THE CONFIDENT WOMAN, LOOK GREAT, FEEL GREAT and BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND. Joyce's 'Enjoying Everyday Life' radio and television programmes are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences.
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At eighteen, Joyce married the first guy that came along to get out of the house, and he was extremely emotionally abusive. That marriage ended in divorce. Shortly thereafter she met Dave Meyer, a Spirit-filled Christian. They married after only a few dates, and Dave quickly realized that Joyce had a problem deep in her soul.
They had children, and went to church every week, but things were still not good at home. Joyce was an angry, bitter and controlling person. Several years later, Joyce became Spirit-filled and felt the call to a deeper walk with God. She was led to in-depth Bible-study, and slowly began to confront her issues in a Biblical manner.
I first read this book about 15 years ago. Although I had never experienced this type of abuse, I had some related problems. At the time, I thought the book was "nice", and perhaps somewhat helpful. I read it once and gave it away. I didn't think my problems were "that bad". I had my act together on the surface. I realize now I wasn't ready to confront the pain.
Recently, I was led back to this book after an experience I know was a "wake-up call." I ordered the paperback from Amazon and dug in as soon as it arrived. I am discovering that you receive in abundance from God when you truly "dig in" like a starved person, not when you nibble like someone on a diet.
I am almost finished, and looking forward to starting at the beginning, studying the Scriptures in-depth and putting them to practice in my life.
For those in need of emotional healing, which is almost everyone, realize that this might book not be the only tool you will need. God may lead you to other resources. Keep in mind, also, the healing described here took place over years. Years.
However if you are done with pity-parties and temper tantrums, if your addictions are just not working anymore, start here.
I never thought that I needed emotional healing for my past, I had always thought of healing in the physical sense. However, after hearing the broadcast and reading the book I realized how much damage had been done and how I have been affected by the actions of people in my life. Through this book and Joyce's testimony, God has started the healing process of my heart and emotions, so much so I went back to Joyce's site to order the package I mentioned earlier! This book made me weep, reflect, forgive and allow God to finally heal me of all the abuse, rejection, and pain of my past. Joyce not only explains how to get over it and why it's important in order to move on, but she also gives scripture after scripture on the matter. She shows how pain from your past can keep you in bondage and how Satan uses it to control you and your relationships and interactions with people. I recommend this book to anyone who has been hurt, rejected, and/or abused, and find themselves always reliving the pain, walking in unforgiveness, doing to others what has been done to them, or totally shutting people out. If you let it, this book along with the Holy Spirit will lead you to the freedom you seek.
Joyce Meyer's testimony of the abuse that she endured and how she was able to break free from the false guilt and pain that she dealt with is a great encouragement to know that one's life is not ruined and that there is a great hope and future blessings in store for those who look to God for their healing. Its time to break free from the bondage of abuse, the bondage of depression, the bondage of false guilt and realize that today is the start of the rest of your life, with Jesus there truly is a hope and a future to those who turn to Him for their healing.