Wednesday, March 20, 2013
MAKING GOOD HABITS
BREAKING BAD HABITS
14 New Behaviors That Will Energize Your Life
By Joyce Meyer
OVERVIEW: In this book, Joyce Meyer starts by examing the nature of habits. The first habit―and most important one to have―is the God Habit. By making it a habit to start your day by reading the Bible and communing with God, asking for His help in your efforts and His strength and sustenance, the stage is set for overcoming the habits you want to break and establishing new one in their place. She then explores how to break bad habits by examining the destructive negative behavior patterns.
The author moves on to discuss fourteen good habits and devotes a chapter to each. By the end of the chapter, the reader has a specific roadmap to follow until the behavior has become automatic (the definition of a habit). It's like following a GPS to get you to a new place. After traveling the same route several times, the GPs isn't needed for you to find your destination. The "habit" of following the right route is ingrained.
In 1985, Meyer founded her own ministry, initially called "Life in the Word". She began airing her radio show on six other stations from Chicago to Kansas City.In 1993, her husband Dave suggested that they start a television ministry. Initially airing on superstation WGN-TV in Chicago and BET, her program, now called Enjoying Everyday Life, is still on the air today.In 2005, Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" ranked Meyer as 17th. Meyer is a number one New York Times bestselling author. She is the author of many books.
MY REVIEW: I have not been a big fan of Joyce Meyer but I have always found her to be interesting and even exciting. She has a lot of common sense, energy, and passion for everything she does. I like these qualities in a person and wanted to see what she had to say about habits.
I wasn't disappointed! Meyer writes with a style that is easy to read and easy to understand. As I said earlier, she has a lot of common sense and therefore what she says about breaking bad habits makes sense. She writes about fourteen new behaviors that will energize your life and I believe, if followed, they will. I especially liked what she wrote about: The Habit of Being Responsible, The Hurry Habit, The Confidence Habit and The Habit of Adding Value to Others.
Will this book energize your life? I don't know. I really don't. Just reading it won't do it. But I do believe that if you read this book with an open mind and then give what she teaches a try―it will work.