Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: God Is Not Mad at You by Joyce Meyer

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Faithwork Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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As you know, we have long been fans of Joyce, 
and I'm very happy to be able to present her new book to you!

 God Is Not Mad at You cover

Synopsis:
When bestselling author Joyce Meyer posted "God's not mad at you" on Facebook, she didn't anticipate that her words would trigger thousands of responses of gratitude and relief. Apparently many Christians struggle to reconcile their perception of God as both a loving parent and a stern judge.

Through this book, Joyce will help those who haven’t truly received God’s love because they’re afraid of His anger and disapproval. She explores the source of this confusion, so His genuine character can be better understood and His love can be experienced on an entirely new level.

Chapter titles include:

  • Perfectionism and Approval
  • The Pain of Rejection
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Developing Your Potential
  • Run to God, Not from Him

Love is stronger than fear, and if we respond to God’s love, it will cast out all of our fears.




Review: With the way the economy is going, I'm sure a lot of Christians are asking themselves the title of this book, so it is pretty appropro to our season!

Most Christians have been raised with the concept of a father figure type God, and thus easily apply 'parental' issues to him, like his being mad and them, when things go wrong blaming him. Blame leads to disassociative feelings, which eventually leads to questioning or leaving their faith. Like children, we fail to see where WE have made the mistakes and done harm. We take his 'unconditional love and grace' for granted, 
and assume that no matter what we we do, we will be saved, and loved. But what if like children, we went down the wrong path in our beliefs? What if WE forgive our mistakes (versus God having to do so for us), offer ourselves back to God, as ADULTS, not children with unrealistic parental expectations, and start over?

This is the matter that Joyce takes to heart is this new book. If you look at the chapter titles above, you might think you WERE reading a book about parenting! And in many ways you are! She speaks to forming an ADULT relationship with God, about letting go of perceptions that are clouded by our life experience, and not necessarily by the truth of the past events, and seeing God through new eyes, similar to when you see God from your YOUNG child's perception. Have you ever stopped and asked a young child about God? You might be surprised about how much they understand about the bible and the truths within it, versus how as adults we color it with our experiences, and try to 'make it fit' to satisfy us.

Joyce always has excellent books, that seem to call out to the reader, giving them JUST the advice they need, and this new book is no exception. I urge all bible study groups to check out this book- it would be perfect for Advent studies, with the new year upon us!


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. Check out her website for more info!


Joyce also sponsors Hand of Hope, which provides feeding programs, medical care, homes for orphans, and programs combating human trafficking.



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