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Do Yourself a Favor...Forgive: Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers, with her TV and radio broadcast, Enjoying Everyday Life, airing on nearly 450 television networks and 400 radio stations worldwide.
Her bestselling books include Power Thoughts, Battlefield of the Mind, Starting Your Day Right, Look Great, Feel Great, The Confident Woman, I Dare You, Never Give Up! and Power Thoughts.
Joyce holds conferences approximately 15 times each year, worldwide, speaking to thousands.
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I did like the story she told about her Aunt in the nursing home. She showed how one can get angry & move through it to a positive resolution. Most of the book is actually dis-empowering & the first review sounds like a sales ad for the book & it not at all accurate.
She mentioned she was gossiping while angry at her Aunt. My friends wouldn't allow that. They would let me speak but make sure I was doing it to reach a higher level. Anger has a point to it. It is to show us something we need to change. I don't know if she ever mentioned this.
She tells about God's anger then tells about his love. Which is he? I choice a loving God not a bi-polar God. She tells a lot about her past which is fine with me if she is going to do it in a way that inspires. All she is doing it bringing the old, negative energy back up to the present. That is not healthy.
We can find something positive somewhere in this and I am sure she makes sure of that. It is not worth all the negativity here though. You know you have forgiven when you don't keep telling those old stories anymore. She mentions the Jews killed Jesus. I don't know or care about that but I know the Jews have been targeted from that story. Remember the holocaust Joyce?
She is filed with blame, gossip & is just not wise except for making herself rich.
She talks about life as if it is going to end. I believe we never die.
In getting to the root of anger she really leaves people afraid to get to the root of it. My way of getting to the root is a pray that includes knowing God's grace is clearly revealing to me the root of any anger in a joyful, peaceful, positive way. She really don't do anything in this book to help anyone.
Everything about her is to brainwash people in believing in a book rather than their inner guidance. Anger is like an idiot light on the dash board showing us that something we are thinking needs attention. All emotions are like this. There are much better things that this book if you really want to heal angery.
one reader said the end was bad. I don't know if I will even read the end cause so far this has been a waste of time & not helpful at all. Better books on forgiveness are "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life" by Gerald Jampolsky and Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping.
Abraham-hicks has a great CD The Astonishing Power of Emotions..this can help you see what the emotions are for & how to use them for the good reason that people like Joyce Meyer don't want to you to know about. She is part of the group that makes money off of people who don't know how to take care of themselves. I would have given the book a minus rating for the way it harms people. It's like the diet books that make people get heavier & unhealthier.
I also recommend Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life which is the title of a book & a CD both great & both different.
I truly enjoyed the first half of the book and felt so much better after reading it. Not so with the second half. What I took from the last chapters of the book is that to truly please God, I should do more than just forgive my ex; I should remain in contact with him and continue to try to help him out. If that's true, I might be in trouble. I want to 100% forgive my ex and wish him well, but he's (truly) a sociopath, and I don't want to be in contact with him again. My many attempts to help him did him no good and only hurt me. (And many others besides me have tried to help him and had their lives, hearts and finances hurt.) I find it disheartening to think God might be disappointed that I, and others in situations similar to mine, don't want to set ourselves up to be victimized again and have, therefore, decided to 'go no-contact' with our exes.
I don't know if I'd recommend this book to others or not.
I had been abused in many ways by my husband and though I tried very hard, it was very difficult for me to be free from all the painful memories. I would often wonder, 'Why would God just let him be when he is so destructive and evil?'
At one point, I did have to run away from him with our child for the sake of sanity as well as safety. Life became frustrating because I am in no man's land - not divorced, not separated, yet I'm practically a single mother in every sense.
I read Karen's post and totally understand what she's saying about the danger of reconnecting with dangerous exes. I believe that God will never force us to meet and reconnect with husbands or exes unless hearts are ready and God's timing is ripe. I believe what Joyce is saying here is to prepare our hearts the way God wants us to so that He can work in our relationships and bring healing.
It takes a lot of effort on my part to finally accept and say that despite what happened, God is good and His goodness and faithfulness will prevail in this mess of my life.
After reading this book, I was able to set aside all the excuses. Finally, I decided and declared that I forgive and bless my husband and let the past pass. It does not mean I am running back to him right now because he, unchanged and unrepentant, will definitely harm me.
It just means I am not gonna spend nights crying, hurting, and hating my husband. I am so tired of it and I want to be free. I have no idea how long I have to live like this, but I will put my hope and trust in God - something I could not do prior to reading this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take off huge burdens of offenses, anger, turmoils, and painful memories resulted by strained relationships: While they never just disappear,it feels so much better and lighter to set them aside and let God take care of these heavy loads.
Joyce is right, we must forgive because God commands us to forgive as the ones who are forgiven. But in the process, we will realize that we are actually doing ourselves a huge favor by forgiving... Freedom from depression, self-pity, and pain!