Change Your Words, Change Your Life
Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak
by Joyce Meyer
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Learn Joyces' practical guide to speaking positive power over yourself and those around you. Her 'Smart Talk' theory will help you to put into practice the foundations to transform your life through the words you speak.
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In this, another of her highly effective guides to Christian life, Joyce Meyer teaches readers the power of the tongue. You can increase your daily joy, uplift people around you and have a positive effect on your future all by choosing the right words.
Her key message - the tongue is a powerful instrument for change.
In her typical, upbeat and proactive style, Joyce encourages and motivates you to realise God's promises in your life. This book is a wake-up call that echoes the words of the biblical letter writer, James, by highlighting the power of words and the importance of harnessing this power for positive outcomes and avoiding negativity.
7 Positive Reasons to Buy or Give 'Change Your Words Change Your Life':
• Learn to direct the power you already have into positive words and speech
• Begin to change your world by the way you talk to others
• Tips on how to break those bad habits you inflict on yourself and loved ones
• Discover more than just empty words, Joyce firmly teaches from scripture throughout
• Includes a practical guide Joyce calls ‘Smart Talk’
• Give a friend a meaning gift that will encourage genuine spiritual growth
• Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers, trusted by millions
In this book you'll be encouraged and empowered to speak words into your own heart that will change your life and the lives of those around you. This is all about discovering 'the power of a positive tongue' – you have the tool to change your life just by the way you speak to yourself and about yourself. Then you can move on to changing your world by the way you speak to others.
Joyce Meyer sets out to give you the skills to use your most powerful instrument for your own good and the good of those around you. Make each word you speak carry the power to change your life.
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'Words are a big deal,' says Joyce Meyer, 'they are containers for power, and we have to decide what kind of power we want our words to carry. I believe that our words can increase or decrease our level of joy. They can affect the answers to our prayers and have a positive or negative effect on our future. One might say that our words are a movie screen that reveals what we have been thinking and the attitudes we have.'
Building on the premises of 'POWER THOUGHTS' and 'LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS', Joyce now considers the tremendous power of words. Here she provides a series of guidelines for making sure that our talk is constructive, healthy, healing and used to good effect. In a 'Dictionary of God's Word' at the end of the book, Joyce provides dozens of scripture verses that she recommends reading out loud as one way of using and claiming healing words.
1. The Impact of Words
2. Taming Your Yongue
3. Learning to Say What God Says
4. The Characteristics of a Mature Christian
5. What Do You Want in the Future?
6. Staying Strong Through the Storms of Life
7. Defeating Your Enemies
8. How Happy Do You Want to Be?
9. Words The Grieve the Holy Spirit
10. Fasting Your Words
11. Speak No Evil
12. Speak Faith, Not Fear
13. Don't Complain
14. Words of Encouragement
15. Love Listens and Speaks
16. Don't Let the Devil Speak Through You
17. Do You Really Have to Give Your Opinion?
18. Say Something Good or Don't Say Anything at All
19. Gentle Words
20. Keeping You Word
21. Watch Your Mouth
22. Do You Want to Change Your Life?
Joyce: 'I have a very simple question to ask you: do you really want your life to change? Well I'm sure most of you would answer 'yes' but do your words tell a different story?
In my new book 'Change Your Words, Change Your Life' I'll show you that your words have the power to affect your joy, your prayers and your future. Begin to speak the way God wants you speak, and I believe you'll experience that change you've been looking for in your life.'
"In ‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life’, Joyce Meyer shows how choosing the right words, for the right time and the right audience can change your relationships and change your life. But that’s not all. The real power of words to change your life is in the way you speak to yourself, and about yourself. In ‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life’, Joyce gives you the tools and secrets help you choose not just the right words, but the best words for you."
What Real Readers Say About Joyce Meyer's Books:
“After reading this book, I was able to set aside all the excuses.”
“Regardless of one's religious beliefs, there is wisdom in the author's words that benefit everyone.”
“I definitely recommend anything you can get by Joyce Meyer because it will truly impact your life in a positive way!”
“I really enjoyed this book and plan to reading it again and again as needed.”
“It is such a blessing to read books from authors who have prayed for their readers.”
“It's clearly written and accessible. Both new and veteran
Joyce is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers, with her TV and radio broadcast, Enjoying Everyday Life, airing on nearly 450 television networks and 400 radio stations worldwide, including ABC Family Channel, Trinity Broadcast Network, Daystar, and the Word Network. Her bestselling books include 'Living Beyond Your Feelings,' 'Power Thoughts,' 'Battlefield of the Mind,' 'Look Great, Feel Great,' 'The Confident Woman,' 'I Dare You,' and 'Never Give Up!' Joyce holds conferences approximately 15 times each year, worldwide, speaking to thousands.
Joyce has produced over sixty books, some of which have been translated into other languages to extend her teaching and insight beyond the English-speaking world. Her global ministry extends to millions, and is supported by offices in fifteen countries. I’m usually very skeptical of such prolific authors or high-powered ministers, but looking a little deeper I can see that Joyce’s experience and teaching continue to inform her works, making each release perhaps even better in terms of lessons it contains.
‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life’ is a book informed by two of Joyce’s previous works: ‘Power Thoughts’ and ‘Living Beyond Your Feelings’ as well as talks she regularly gives on the relationship between words and thoughts, the power of words and the keys to living the victorious Christian life. With over three hundred pages, this book offers a comprehensive approach to changing the way you use your tongue, speaking positively to encourage yourself and others. Here’s a quick summary of the way the book works in terms of lay-out:
In the opening part of the book, Joyce explains the general impact that words have before two ‘how to’ chapters explain practical ways in which you can ‘tame your tongue’ and ‘be happy’. The mid section of this book addresses the spectrum of good and bad approaches to using your tongue, warning against whingeing and questioning when it’s appropriate to say anything at all. Later, Joyce highlights ‘the importance of keeping your word’ before moving away from the power of our words, instead talking about the power of God’s Word. Finally, the closing chapter is titled ‘how to have a smart mouth’; here Joyce summarises her teachings and makes her message clear to the reader once again.
There is no pretence or treading around the issue in this book. Joyce is refreshingly frank and honest, seeking the interest of the reader first as she reveals how you can ‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life’.
Few motivational speakers and writers have the international reputation of Joyce Meyer. Her strength is that she speaks against the backdrop of her own bitter personal experience as an abused child, troubled teenager and failed wife. Joyce is a woman who knows about emotional pain, the weight of failure, hidden guilt and the restorative grace of God. With more than sixty books, an entire media based ministry and a mission to change the world one heart at a time, Joyce Meyer’s latest offering, ‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life’ continues to draw on her greatest source of transformative inspiration – The Bible.
The book of Proverbs supplies all the material Joyce needs to encourage readers to look to the words they speak and the way they speak them. Quoting Proverbs 18:21 she says, “The power of life and death are in the tongue”. Beginning with Creation as the ultimate proof of the real power of words, Joyce moves on to more human examples of what even the simplest oral sounds – such as the first words of an infant, can achieve. She rightly warns that the power of words can release tremendous constructive power, or unleash devastating destruction.
To demonstrate her meaning, Joyce uses the most emotive word form of all – poetry, and the writings of Marguerite Schumann to open her exploration of word power’s effect on changing lives: “Words can poison, words can heal. Words start and fight wars, but words make peace. Words lead men to the pinnacles of good, and words can plunge men to the depths of evil.”
As with all of Joyce’s teaching, the key lesson is the empowering of people to make the changes they need to make and become the people God intended them to be. This, of course, implies that readers have made the choice to change. Choice is always a big thing with Joyce Meyer’s movement toward any kind of transformation – relationships, outlook, fulfilment and redirection at any level, requires a freely made decision… and a commitment to change. Her approach with ‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life’ is the same. She gives you the tools and the power to change, but ultimately it’s up to you to do it.
The choice extends to the words themselves. And it’s not just a case of choosing words. Words don’t exist in isolation – they have a very real place in time and space, and in their reception. Choice means choosing when to use words as well as which words to use. Joyce gives real life and personal examples of words spoken in the right time and at the wrong time – the good they can do, and the damage they can cause. Where to use words also comes up for discussion. In the social media saturated world of the twenty-first century, there have never been so many opportunities to use and misuse words. Words go around the world at the touch of a keyboard or phone pad. Their effect can be instant and permanent.
Most e-mail, text and messaging users know of stories – or have the experience of sending the wrong message to the wrong person, or sometimes to a whole crowd of wrong people. Choosing and knowing the audience for your words is as critical as what you say to them. But perhaps most surprisingly, and this is the real point of Joyce’s book, the most important and most influenced audience for your words is yourself.
What Joyce is really setting out to do is to change your life by changing the way you speak to yourself. The principles are the same as speaking to others. The only difference is that you can’t escape listening to what you have to say to yourself. You can’t disconnect. That means every word you say to yourself has a deep and lasting impact. So the choice is simple: choose the right words for yourself to hear; say them at the right times and in the right the places – change your life!
Early in the book Joyce gives the simplest example of how changing your words can change your life at daily level. “When you get up in the morning,” writes Joyce, “if there is something you need to attend to that day that you’re not looking forward to, you can say, ‘I dread this day,’ or you can say, ‘God will give me strength today to do whatever I need to do and to do it with joy.” Then asks the question – or gives you the choice: “Which of these two statements do you think would better prepare you for the day?”
And that, basically is the choice – change the words you use to speak to your own heart, and you can change the way you approach your life. The book can’t do it for you, but like with Joyce Meyer’s other transformative works and lectures, it gives you all the tools and none of the excuses. Returning to the Bible, Joyce again quotes Proverbs: “A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment – how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23). That’s not just true of speaking to others; it’s true of how you speak to yourself. – Les Ellison
|Page last updated||26th February 2013|
|Author / Artist||Joyce Meyer|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||320|