Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer of 1955, when 14-year-old Jenny makes the decision to pick up a penny imbedded in asphalt, and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting a friend who changes her life forever.Jenny and Miss Shaw form a friendship that dares both of them to confront secrets in their pasts--secrets that threaten to destroy them. Jenny helps Miss Shaw open up to the community around her, while Miss Shaw teaches Jenny to meet even life's most painful challenges with confidence and faith. This unexpected relationship transforms both characters in ways neither could have anticipated, and the ripple effect that begins in the summer of the penny goes on to bring new life to the people around them, showing how God works in the smallest details. Even in something as small as a penny.
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."