Author Joyce Meyer’s Best Books on Faith
With an internationally televised show, “Enjoying Everyday Life,” and over 80 books and devotionals in print, Joyce Meyer is one of the most influential Christian public figures working in media today. Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., she brings tough love and common sense to her scriptural teachings, delivering advice on how to strengthen one’s relationship with God by reevaluating one’s emotions, words and general outlook. To mark the publication of her latest book, “God is Not Mad at You,” we’re rounding up the biggest hits that have made Meyer a #1 New York Times bestselling voice in the Christian community and one of the most influential evangelicals in America.
See past your feelings
One of Meyer's best-selling books, "Battlefield of the Mind" addresses negative thoughts, such as doubt, depression and "feelings of condemnation,” showing how they can create problems in a person's relationship with God and how to overcome them with self-love and trust. Rooting her arguments in scripture, Meyer attributes doubt and fear to the devil, who "begins by bombarding our mind with a cleverly designed pattern of little nagging thoughts," and lays out "weapons of the Word" designed to help readers dismantle negative thinking patterns.
Much of Meyer's wisdom is based on the idea that volatile, reactive emotions can break one's trust in their self, God and those that love them. "Living Beyond Your Feelings" is a solid introduction to this theme, which Meyer elaborates on more specifically in other books.
"Good Christians don't get angry," Meyer argues in this guide to developing the practice of forgiveness. She offers Scripture-based guidance and contemporary wisdom on letting go of anger, which she says can diminish the quality of life and destroy relationships with others.
Open a dialogue with God
Words are a major focus of Meyer's, and here she evaluates the way the language we use reinforces or tarnishes our sense of self and our relationship with God. Her advice on cleaning up negative and hurtful language and channeling God's presence through language is tailored specifically to the word-heavy age of the Internet: "You might say that we have a 'word explosion' going on, and we have yet to see what damage will be caused by it unless people learn the power of words and make a commitment to use them in a godly way."
This book speaks to readers who would like to have a closer relationship with God but feel disconnected from Him, or who see no evidence of his presence in their lives. Meyer argues that by "listening" more closely, one can discern the voice of God in the minute details of everyday life. She offers advice on cultivating gratitude and getting more in touch with one’s moral compass.
Practice faith with confidence
In this book aimed at women of faith, Meyer speaks to challenges females face in both their churches ("Does God Use Women in Ministry?") and relationships ("Are Women Really the Weaker Sex?"), all the while pointing out Scripture passages that testify to God's love for and trust in women.
Meyer’s latest book addresses readers dealing with feelings of guilt and shame, who feel they are undeserving of God’s love and the love of others. “There are many examples of our heavenly Father getting angry, but that does not mean that He is an angry God…. He is slow to anger, abundant in mercy and always ready to forgive.”