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Be Joyful

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Joyce Meyer takes the Word of God and helps the reader to apply it to their personal life.  I enjoyed this daily devotional book.  It was a simple - yet effective way to add good habits to my life. 

 I received a complimentary copy of the ebook version of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
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This was a marvelous spiritual guidebook for living by Joyce Meyer.  I have read many of her books but found this one particularly helpful as it came to me through Net Galley at a particularly difficult time in my life.  I thought that I had to fight my way through all my problems by myself but through reading this insightful book I suddenly realized I had a constant, loving, helping Master - God to help me conquer my problems.  This was a tremendous breakthrough for me.  I was alone and now I learned I am never alone.  Along the way I also learned about forgiving others 70 times 7 as Jesus answered one of His disciples when he asked just how many time should he have to forgive the same person again and again.  There are many other guidelines for living a more spiritual life for anyone that makes Joyce's book very precious and important.  Many thanks to Net Galley for allowing me to read this advanced copy and to FaithWords Hachette Book Group publishers.
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I received an arc copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. Oh how I do enjoy reading books by Joyce Meyer and this book does not disappoint. She teaches about living in joy through Christ in 50 days!
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This one wasn’t for me. I’ve read my share of devotionals over the years, and this one felt surface-level and shallow. Great for younger Christians or friends who need a pick me up. But not the heavy hitter I was hoping for.
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💜Be Joyful: Fifty Days to Defeat Things that Try to Defeat You
💜Joyce Meyer
💜Christian Self-Help
💜224 Pages

💜Be Joyful is an easy-to-use self-help book for those feeling defeated by life. Each chapter presents a Bible quote followed by a short text that matches it, written by Joyce. At the end of the chapters are a couple of questions to think about. These would be great discussion questions for a book club or reading with a book buddy. 

💜I enjoy reading one chapter a day, so I haven’t read the book in its entirety yet. Be Joyful is a book you can put down for a while and jump right back in when needed. The chapters are titled in a way that lets the reader find a helpful passage, which means you can skip around, not reading the chapters in order. In addition, the chapters are short, so they are not time-consuming for busy people. 

💜Obviously, this is a Christian self-help book. Joyce Meyer is well known for her sermons and books. If you enjoy studying small portions of Christian material, I think this book would be for you. 

💜Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing this ebook for me to read and review.
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This is a very good book, which I enjoyed immensely.  Be Joyful is a 50 day devotional about joy from the writing of Paul the apostle.  Even with being a Christian for many years, I still learned some things here.  The devotionals are not very long, which makes this an easy read, but I still would recommend reading only one a day.  If you want a nice devotional that doesn’t take a long time to read and doesn’t go through the entire year, Be Joyful is for you.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the ebook version of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

Be Joyful became available for sale May 10, 2022.
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Meyer writes with good, easy-to-understand care as she shares 50 days of advice based on the teachings of the Apostle Paul.  The writing isn't 'preachy', but good solid information on how we can achieve a joyful life.
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As always, Joyce Meyer has a way of putting the words we so desperately need to hear in today's world on paper.  She articulates the Word of God with her own personal flair and leaves an imprint on hearts.
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Joyce Meyer has long been a go-to teacher for me because she always keeps things simple and straightforward. There’s no fluff or flowery prose with her, which is what I need most of the time to keep me focused.  Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit, but as she showed in this book, it doesn’t always come naturally. It takes loves and self discipline. There’s a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness can be created or crushed by outside circumstances but joy comes from within in finding a relationship with Jesus. 
This is a great collection of scriptures, explanations of each one and 2 questions for each on how to apply it to your life. 
One thing that stood out to me was the following:
“No matter where you are on your spiritual journey-whether you are. Just starting out and have many questions about God or you have walked with God for decades and feel closer to Him than ever-let me encourage you to keep moving forward with Him…He will never give up on you, and no one will ever know or love you like age will. This is a good reason for great joy.”
This would make a great gift for the women in your life and for yourself. 
Thanks to FaithWords and NetGalley for this eArc in exchange for my review.
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Meyer provides fifty days of readings on joy. These are not fluffy devotions nor sweet stories. While joy is a fruit of the Spirit, Meyer reminds us it comes through love and self-discipline.

I like how she distinguishes joy and happiness. I like her saying joy is not getting what we want. She has found that life's greatest joy comes from helping others. We are never promised a trouble free life yet can have joy in the midst of our circumstances. Paul did not say we are to rejoice in our circumstances, Meyer writes, but rather we are to rejoice in the Lord at all times. (663/2182)

Other insights about joy include avoiding arguments, forgiving, thinking about godly things, letting go of the past, and remembering that God has given us everything we need to have a wonderful day. (249/2182)

I had to laugh at one devotion because Meyer reveals the error of taking a verse out of context. “No one has seen or imagined,” she writes, “all the good things that 'God has prepared for those who love him' (1 Corinthians 2:9)” (491/2182) The next verse says those very things “are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.” Oops.

This is a good collection of teachings on joy, receiving it and sustaining it. Most of the devotions are like brief Bible studies. Meyer adds a couple of questions at the end of each devotion for further thought.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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