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Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits: 14 New Behaviors That Will Energize Your Life [Hardcover]

Joyce Meyer
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April 2 2013
Nearly everything we do in life is the result of our habits. The good ones bring peace, joy and power into our lives, and the bad ones steal our peace and joy and prevent our success.

In this book, Joyce Meyer explains how to develop good habits--the things you really want to do--and break the bad ones, putting an end to frustration, discouragement and stress that drains your energy.

The most important habit comes first: the God habit. Next comes a willingness to work for the results you want. Joyce reminds us that, "if we don't pay the price for freedom, we will end up paying the price for bondage". Next comes the power of our words. Our words and the thoughts that propel them have tremendous power over our actions, and repeated actions are the basis of our habits.

There are eleven more habits that Joyce discusses in depth, including the habits of happiness, faith, excellence, responsibility, generosity, discipline, decisiveness and confidence.

"Choose one area and begin," she urges. "Don't feel overwhelmed by all the changes that are needed. One thing at a time, one day at a time is the best plan. Celebrate every day of success, and when you make mistakes, shake off the disappointment and keep going forward."

You can transform your life, one habit at a time.


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She writes with a deep understanding of scripture, and takes Romans 12:21 ('overcome evil with good') as her central theme, suggesting that the key is to overwrite bad habits with good ones.' Christianity Since you're in the (good) habit of reading, try this. Along with God's word, it can transform your life! -- Elaine Hill The NEWSpaper --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, she teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.
Joyce has authored nearly 100 books, which have been translated into 100 languages. More than 30 million copies of her books have been sold.
Joyce hosts a daily TV and radio show, Enjoying Everyday Life®, which broadcasts worldwide.
Joyce conducts approximately a dozen domestic and international conferences every year, teaching people to enjoy their everyday lives. Her annual women's conference has attracted well over 200,000 women to St. Louis for specifically themed teachings by her and guest speakers.
Joyce also sponsors Hand of Hope, which provides feeding programs, medical care, homes for orphans, and programs combatting human trafficking.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Her Best Ever! Oct. 26 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I LOVE! this book - it is one of the best she's ever written & I've read most of her books up until a few years ago.

Great for anyone that wants to improve their life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Habits - We all have them Sept. 7 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like all of Joyce's books, I found it very well written and it would be beneficial to apply its principles to our lives. It met me where I am at, giving me hope that 'I CAN change and break old habits for good ones.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY important read. Aug. 12 2013
By G.C
Format:Hardcover
One of the things dawning on me lately is that I seem to immensely prefer when the Gospel is condescended into a practical, day to day message. In fact, I'd say that's when it ministers to me most powerfully, and that's when I am blessed - either in a sermon or in a book. (That and theological books and sermons which I also enjoy very much!)

I take such pleasure into sitting down and having a good conversation with Joyce Meyer. It feels that way, every time I pick up one of her books. They resonate with me so much and I find the woman, funny, motivating and wise. She's down-to-earth and very serious about this thing called The Gospel. It brings me joy to see someone so insistent on applying precious Words of God in every area of their life. That's passion for the Gospel. I consider myself equally a passionate person for it, but I've noticed that I come out of her books more refreshed, motivated, invigorated and ready to face life with God by my side. Meyer is a tremendous blessing to the Body of Christ. If you haven't read one of her books, I encourage you too. Not only are they worth the read, they're also worth buying.

Did you know that, it takes thirty days to break a habit? Did you know you can right start now and feel changed for the better as you continue day by day? I started and I'm so inspired to keep continuing on the right track after reading Making Good Habits and Breaking Bad Habits. I've learned that now is the best time to get started - let's avoid procrastination as much as we can. Let's also cultivate the habit of thinking and speaking excellent words, they impact our lives more than we would know. I really like how Joyce continually stresses that not only in this book, but in practically every of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyce Meyer Book Aug. 3 2013
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Immediate download of ebook. Excellent book on breaking bad habits. As always Joyce has very practical information. Love her books.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars change your life by changing your habits April 2 2013
By Joan N. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We all have habits. Some are good and some are bad. Good habits can be developed and bad ones broken. Joyce wants to help us do exactly that.
Joyce invites us to change our life by changing our habits. It will take time and effort but if we commit, we will succeed.
She asks us to make a list of all the habits we want to make and the ones we want to break. She suggests we start small by choosing one then use the principles in this book to work on it. We will eventually get to them all.
Romans 12:21 and Galatians 5:16 are foundational. Controlling our thoughts is key. "Live by decision, not be emotion." (12)
Throughout this practical book, Joyce gives examples from her own life and the lives of others.
She begins with the God habit. Without the habit of spending time with God, we will not be able to develop any other good habits. "Seeking and spending time with Him is our most vital need." (21)
She is quick to point out that changing habits takes a strong commitment, an investment of time, and hard work. With God's help, we can do it.
Joyce includes many practical tips and, as one might expect, our words and thoughts are at the top of her list. Joyce writes, "In my opinion they are the starting point for breaking all bad habits and forming all good habits." (38)
She includes practical advise on making decisions.
She suggests we concentrate on the good habits as that will solve many bad habits.
Her teaching on the habit of happiness is excellent.
She reminds us to take action, the habit of faith.
She encourages us to excellence and admonishes us to take full responsibility for our actions, and to have integrity. She outlines four steps to quit making excuses. She helps us quit the hurry habit, as well as emotional habits like self-pity. She shows us how we can develop the confidence in Christ habit, and habitually add value to others.
She wraps it up with the habit necessary for them all - discipline.

This is an excellent book for any Christian who would like to change some aspects of their life but does not know how to get started. Joyce's book is full of practical ideas.

Joyce reminds us that many people will pay to hire a life coach to help them live their live to their full potential. She also reminds us that we have the best life coach there is - the Holy Spirit. So get this book and get to work!

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Approach to Habit-Making That Works April 2 2013
By Holly Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We all have habits in our lives created consciously or not. Joyce Meyer's book help us to separate the good from the bad and gives practical suggestions on how to eliminate those that are not helpful to us. Her main point is that we should focus on what we want to do, rather than obsessing on what we no longer want to do. Controlling our thoughts (reprogramming our internal computer) is a forceful tool to accomplish this. Other salient points are repetition of good habits, teaching yourself to be organized, and being active in doing the right thing.

She gives us hints on breaking habits such as hurrying, having to be perfect, and being irresponsible. The book encourages us to create worthy habits such as:

* Making wise decisions
* Becoming physically healthier
* Being happier
* Cultivating generosity toward others
* Addressing our addictions whether they be to cell phones or artificial stimulants.

The book is conversational and encouraging in tone. The author is a prolific writer in the Christian evangelical world. Much of the book is devoted to scripture references and how to commune with God.

Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic behavior modifications! April 24 2013
By tracey johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bottom line.....any habit, good or bad, can be broken within 21 days with commitment and dedication. Joyce uses great, sometimes funny, examples to drive her point home! Love it!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meyer will prompt you to take a deeper look at the behaviors you have learned and how they affect your life May 30 2013
By FaithfulReader.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hot off the presses is MAKING GOOD HABITS, BREAKING BAD HABITS, a brand new book by Joyce Meyer, bestselling author and one of the world's leading Bible teachers. According to Meyer, we all have habits, both good and bad. What we often fail to realize is just how those habits affect our choices, actions and attitudes. But habits are learned, which means bad habits that steal our peace and joy and prevent us from achieving success can be "un-learned." Of course, it's not enough to break a bad habit. It's vital that we replace that bad behavior with something positive. And that is exactly what this book explains.

In the introduction, we are informed of a recent study by Real Simple magazine, asking its readers what habits they wanted to break. Among the most popular answers were cell phone addiction, nail-biting, self-criticizing, cluttering, eavesdropping, watching too much television, never finishing projects, driving too fast, shopping as entertainment, and hitting the snooze button. Meyer goes on to say that if we tried breaking all of these habits at once, she could pretty much guarantee failure. The key is to choose a single habit that you want to overcome and work to conquer it before moving on to the next. She then asks readers to make a list of the habits they want to make and the ones they want to break, choose one, and use the principles laid out in this book to make it happen.

So what are those principles? Well, Meyer has come up with a practical plan of "14 new behaviors that will energize your life." Each chapter covers one specific behavior. Those behaviors are:

The God Habit --- talks about putting God where He belongs.
Thoughts, Words, and Habits --- teaches how the way we think affects how we talk.
The Habit of Being Decisive --- shows us how to make decisions in a wise and timely manner.
Healthy Habits --- it's easier to form good habits when we're healthy.
The Happy Habit --- reminds us that happiness is a choice.
The Habit of Faith --- yes, being in faith is a habit!
The Habit of Excellence --- we can choose to be excellent.
The Habit of Being Responsible --- getting rid of blame and excuse.
The Habit of Generosity --- generosity breaks the habit of self-centeredness.
The Hurry Habit --- all about minimizing the stress in your life.
Emotional Habits --- lists the negative emotions that affect our behavior.
The Confidence Habit --- maintaining confidence in Christ.
The Habit of Adding Value to Others --- encouragement goes a long way.
The Habit of Discipline --- not easy, but always worth it!

In her typical straightforward manner, with plenty of scripture, humor and personal illustrations, Meyer lays out each habit in an easy-to-understand and practical way. Motivation and encouragement are at the root of her teaching. She has been there, done that, and has no qualms about sharing her struggles, especially because she has learned how to overcome them. Not that she's perfect; Meyer is the first to say she's a work-in-progress and is continually growing and being transformed into who God wants her to be. In this book, she talks about her issues with anger, insecurity and "people-pleasing." These are things we can all relate to, and Joyce's "Open Book" personality is what endears her to readers.

MAKING GOOD HABITS, BREAKING BAD HABITS will prompt you to take a deeper look at the behaviors you have learned and how they affect your life, either positively or negatively. Following the advice set forth in this book will help you replace your bad habits with good, resulting in a better, more successful you. This latest work is definitely another keeper to add to your Joyce Meyer collection.

Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Book on Forming or Breaking Habits Aug. 7 2013
By M. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In order to save you some money, I will condense this book for you.

"If you have a bad habit, go to God so He can help you solve it."

When I wish to learn how something works or to do something like break a bad habit or form a new habit, I read everything I can get on the subject.

I got the audio version of this book and find the reader's voice annoying and she has a "nagging mother" type of style. I'm not saying this is a bad thing. This style may well work for a lot of people to form good habits and break bad ones if you listen and do what the author tells you to do. This style does not work for me, however.

The author also uses a Christian evangelical style. I am a Christian and very OK with that approach except for the fact that she uses the word God just about every other sentence and then quotes Bible passages. And that would be OK if she would not then quote chapter and verse.

In trying to swim through the preaching (you're preaching to the choir sister!) and constantly coming to the roadblocks of chapter and verse, I didn't get much help on breaking or forming habits except to go to God and "just do it".

By FAR the best book I have read on the subject of habits is: "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" This book tells you how habits are formed in the first place, how they ingrain themselves, how to identify them and break down the behavior patterns leading up to them, and how to form better behavior patterns and thus break the bad habit and form better habits.
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