Sunday, July 30, 2023

How to Talk With God by Joyce Meyer Book Review

I have read many books on prayer and most have given techniques for an effective prayer life. Meyer's book is a little different in that she encourages us to be our unique selves in relationship with God. We have different personalities and experiences and will relate to God in unique ways. Yes, there are some general principles of prayer that apply to everyone but God wants a personal relationship and will lead each of us individually.

I really like her encouragement to approach God in our own way. Our prayers will not necessarily be like those of other people. We are to follow the leading of the Spirit, not man made rules. We pray as God directs, developing a friendship with Him. Be honest. Don't be fearful of not praying correctly.

Meyer does give general principles for approaching God, like the attitudes of love, forgiveness, humility, gratitude, compassion and persistence. She also addresses possible barriers to effective prayer, such as sin. The only barrier I didn't like was speaking negative words. I believe God is greater than being bound by my doubtful words. Meyer encourages us to be honest with God and for me, that may include voicing my negative feelings.

This is a book for Christians who have not had good experiences with prayer because they have felt bound by prescribed rules of prayer. Meyer frees us to be honest with God, communicating to Him in our own way as we develop our friendship with Him.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Joyce Meyer
 is a #1 
New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. Her broadcast, Enjoying Everyday Life, airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. Joyce has written nearly 100 inspirational books. Bestsellers include God Is Not Mad at You; Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits; Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. Joyce holds conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world.

FaithWords, 176 pages.

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.)

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