Posted by Charity on April 22nd, 2008

I know that this is atypical for this blog, but I wanted to share a review I wrote of a new book by Joyce Meyer that is coming out next Tuesday. This was originally published at All Things Hold Together.

I struggle with American Christianity. There is the inclination to focus on what God can do for us and to become angry when God doesn’t make everything go our way.

Then there are the ever present prosperity preachers, who lead us to believe that if only we are faithful enough, God will heap riches upon us.

We have books that promise us a great life – a great life by worldly standards – if we are Christians. And in turn, leave people broken and bitter at God when it doesn’t happen.

So, when I was asked to review Joyce Meyer’s new book, which will be released next Tuesday, April 29, entitled, “The Secret to True Happiness,” I was skeptical, to say the least.

Well, I am glad to say now that I was also pleasantly surprised.

Joyce Meyer’s latest work, The Secret to True Happiness: Enjoy Today, Embrace Tomorrow, is not just another pseudo-biblical work promising a life of prosperity.

Instead, Ms. Meyer explains how God calls us to enjoy the life and the circumstances that we have been given. She teaches us how knowing who we are in Christ can allow us to experience true happiness even through the pain and suffering that life can bring us.

Unlike some other popular Christian books that shy away from scripture, The Secret to True Happiness embraces the Bible as the source of its truth.

I must admit, I will be re-reading and working through this book for some time to come. Joyce gives her readers a lot to read, think about, pray about, and apply to their lives.

Joyce Meyer walks us through:

Making the most of what we have,
Living by the Word,
Choosing to be happy,
Finding joy,
Knowing who we are in Christ and how God sees us,
Living by faith,
Trusting God through trials,
Finding rest,
Making good choices,
Having a right perspective about possessions,
Gaining wisdom,
Developing a true commitment to your Christian walk,
Being healthy,
Simplifying,
Cultivating good habits,
Letting God lead,
Practicing discipline,
Embracing tomorrow,
And more.

In The Secret to True Happiness, Joyce Meyer will walk you through how to apply biblical principles and a deeper understanding of your relationship with God and finally understand what it means to be truly happy.

The Secret to True Happiness: Enjoy Today, Embrace Tomorrow will be available on Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Pre-order yours on Amazon today.

I am also giving away a copy at my other blog, All Things Hold Together. All you need to do is leave a comment to win.