Meyer's book is more of a devotional exploration of the major teachings in Philippians than it is a study. Her emphasis is not increasing knowledge. It is not a verse by verse study. Meyer encourages readers to live in the power of the gospel, to live more Christlike. She shares her inspiring thoughts on the truths found within the book.
I appreciate her insights, such as those from Paul's prayer (1:9-11). We are encouraged to pray for spiritual insights and blessing when in a difficult situation rather than just asking God to change those circumstances. Meyer suggests we focus on what God is doing in the inner man rather than on outer circumstances. Another insight is on the meaning of a surrendered will, using Paul as an example. Another is why living in unity is important and what that really means.
I like how Meyer clarifies Phil. 4:13, often taken out of context. We can do what God has given us to do, not everything we decide to do.
This book would make a good devotional reading. There are short sections within each chapter that are good for daily readings. There are periodic questions for reflection as well. Meyer's work is a good reminder that, like Paul, we are to focus “on things that bring us joy rather than things that steal it.” (63/270)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
FaithWords, 208 pages.
Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. She is a New York Times bestselling author. Her program, Enjoying Everyday Life, airs around the world on television, radio and the Internet. She teaches internationally with a focus on how the Word of God applies to our every day lives. She has authored more than a hundred books, which have been translated into more than a hundred languages, with over 65 million books distributed worldwide. Her ministry, Hand of Hope, provides worldwide humanitarian outreach, such as medical, orphanages, disaster response and more.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)