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Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits: 14 New Behaviors That Will Energize Your Life Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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About the Author
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.
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 combatting human trafficking.
Top Customer Reviews
Joyce invites us to change our life by changing our habits. It will take time and effort but if we commit, we will succeed.
She asks us to make a list of all the habits we want to make and the ones we want to break. She suggests we start small by choosing one then use the principles in this book to work on it. We will eventually get to them all.
Romans 12:21 and Galatians 5:16 are foundational. Controlling our thoughts is key. "Live by decision, not be emotion." (12)
Throughout this practical book, Joyce gives examples from her own life and the lives of others.
She begins with the God habit. Without the habit of spending time with God, we will not be able to develop any other good habits. "Seeking and spending time with Him is our most vital need." (21)
She is quick to point out that changing habits takes a strong commitment, an investment of time, and hard work. With God's help, we can do it.
Joyce includes many practical tips and, as one might expect, our words and thoughts are at the top of her list. Joyce writes, "In my opinion they are the starting point for breaking all bad habits and forming all good habits." (38)
She includes practical advise on making decisions.
She suggests we concentrate on the good habits as that will solve many bad habits.
Her teaching on the habit of happiness is excellent.
She reminds us to take action, the habit of faith.
She encourages us to excellence and admonishes us to take full responsibility for our actions, and to have integrity. She outlines four steps to quit making excuses. She helps us quit the hurry habit, as well as emotional habits like self-pity.Read more ›
She gives us hints on breaking habits such as hurrying, having to be perfect, and being irresponsible. The book encourages us to create worthy habits such as:
* Making wise decisions
* Becoming physically healthier
* Being happier
* Cultivating generosity toward others
* Addressing our addictions whether they be to cell phones or artificial stimulants.
The book is conversational and encouraging in tone. The author is a prolific writer in the Christian evangelical world. Much of the book is devoted to scripture references and how to commune with God.
Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont.
One of the things that I love about Joyce Meyer's books is that she is clear and forthright about the topics she discusses. She offers practical advice and does it in a way that is relatable and Biblical, and this book is no exception. Her writing is well-structured and precise. She motivates you to change your habits and shows you a clear path to working on it. I think the best piece of advice that I read though was to focus on one habit I want to change at a time because I am one of those people who decides to change several things at once and then gets burned out and quits. So if you are ready to start changing your habits and are unsure where to start, read this book.
In the introduction, we are informed of a recent study by Real Simple magazine, asking its readers what habits they wanted to break. Among the most popular answers were cell phone addiction, nail-biting, self-criticizing, cluttering, eavesdropping, watching too much television, never finishing projects, driving too fast, shopping as entertainment, and hitting the snooze button. Meyer goes on to say that if we tried breaking all of these habits at once, she could pretty much guarantee failure. The key is to choose a single habit that you want to overcome and work to conquer it before moving on to the next. She then asks readers to make a list of the habits they want to make and the ones they want to break, choose one, and use the principles laid out in this book to make it happen.
So what are those principles? Well, Meyer has come up with a practical plan of "14 new behaviors that will energize your life." Each chapter covers one specific behavior. Those behaviors are:
The God Habit --- talks about putting God where He belongs.
Thoughts, Words, and Habits --- teaches how the way we think affects how we talk.Read more ›
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God uses Joyce in an amazing way. If I could I'd give it 7 stars.Published 28 days ago by Fernando Morales
Joyce Meyer breaks this down and helps you to apply scriptural principals in a very practical, and helpful way.Published 1 month ago by Florida Native
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I'd been listening to Joyce Meyer for a couple of months before purchasing a couple of her books. For me they're honest, straightforward & practical - just what I'd expect from... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vickie McConnell
Joyce Meyer books always speak to you. Now it is just practicing what she preaches. Love Joyce's inspirationPublished 3 months ago by JH
Joyce always confronts me with everyday live. Keeping your feelings under control is key to live the life Jesus came to give you. Another great book from Joyce...Published 3 months ago by Maria Bishop
I just love Joyce Meyer's books. So anything she writes will help you through your daily life problems. I have started a library of her books.Published 4 months ago by Windy