#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer discusses the importance of words in CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE: "Words are a big deal. They are containers for power, and we have to decide what kind of power we want our words to carry. ... I believe that our words can increase or decrease our level of joy. They can affect the answers to our prayers and have a positive or negative effect on our future. ... One might say that our words are a movie screen that reveals what we have been thinking and the attitudes we have." Building on the premises of her bestselling books, Power Thoughts and Living Beyond Your Feelings, Joyce examines how we use words-the vehicles that convey our thoughts and emotions-and provides a series of guidelines for cultivating talk that is constructive, healthy, healing, and used for good results. Topics include: The Impact of WordsHow to Tame Your TongueHow to be HappyWhen to talk and when not to talkSpeaking Faith and Not FearThe Corrosion of ComplaintsDo you really have to give your opinion?The importance of keeping your word The power of speaking God's wordHow to have a smart mouth In "A Dictionary of God's Word" at the end of the book, Joyce provides dozens of scripture verses, arranged by topic, and recommends that we read them aloud to strengthen our vocabulary of healing words.
Sometimes we cannot know the difficulties people go through, unless they are willing to share their experiences. Such is the life of Pauline Joyce Hutchison, now, Joyce Meyer, Christian author, speaker, and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce spoke often in her discussions about being sexually abused by her own father after he returned from World War II. As happens many times to such children, she married shortly after her senior year in high school, done usually to be able to leave the home where abuse happened. That marriage lasted only five years and was filled with unhappiness with a cheating husband. He even persuaded her to steal against her own better judgment. She says that she returned that money years later. After her divorce, her life was very tumultuous as she went from bar to bar aimlessly, until one day she met her future husband, Dave Meyer, an engineering draftsman. They were soon married, and remain married today.
Joyce relates her story of "a Jesus moment" when she was driving to work one day in 1976. She said as she drove she heard God call her name. All day she felt energized with the spirit of God, even as she participated in bowling at the local bowling alley that night.
Meyer began serving in a local church in St. Louis, leading an early morning Bible class. Eventually, the church became one of the most popular in the area, mostly due to Meyer's popularity as a Bible teacher. At the same time, she began a 15 minute radio broadcast on a local radio station.
In 1985, Meyer started her own ministry called "Life in the Word". By then, she was on six additional stations including Chicago and Kansas. Her husband Dave suggested she start a television ministry in 1993, which was the beginning of her current program, "Enjoying Everyday Life, which still airs today.
Meyer has written over 100 books, and has sold and given away billions of copies. In 2002, Hachette Book Group paid Meyer over $10 million for her catalog of independently released books. In 2005, Time magazine named Meyer among their "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America". Meyer was ranked at number 17. "Joyce is and continues to be an incredible testimony of the dynamic, redeeming work of Jesus Christ."