Joyce Meyer is probably better equipped than anyone when it comes to never giving up. She overcame an abused childhood, a bad marriage and extremely limited opportunities to become one of the most popular author/speakers in the world. Joyce Meyer Ministries was the first ministry in America to be headed by a woman, and it's one of the largest in the world. If anyone knows how to hold on to a dream and realize it, it's her. Packed with examples of people who pursued their goals relentlessly, the book profiles nearly fifty individuals who prevailed against all odds. From the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge to the chemists who invented Post-It notes we meet people like Bessie Coleman, an African-American who had to go to flight school in Paris in order to learn how to fly. But she did, becoming the first woman in America to earn her pilot's license in 1920.
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."