In today's world, peace is hard to come by. When personal desires are followed, serenity is forfeited. But by submitting one's will to God, a peace-filled life is ensured. Maintaining peace is therefore a choice, says Joyce Meyer. In her new book, IN PURSUIT OF PEACE, she discusses: * How to be at peace with yourself * The importance of having peace with God * Enjoying peaceful relationships * Being led by peace *Developing a peaceful attitude * and the paradox that peace equals power.
In her introduction to this candid and passionate, if at times preachy, offering, prolific author Meyer (How to Hear from God; Seven Things that Steal Your Joy) admits that the first 40 years of her life were miserable. "I lived without the blessing and benefit of peace," she writes, asserting that without peace, "we live in turmoil--always worried, anxious, and upset about something." Drawing on the lessons she learned through personal experience and from the Bible, Meyer supplies readers with 21 "peacekeeper" tips--some more practical than others--such as "Trust the Lord of Peace," "Stay Supernaturally Relaxed," "Avoid Financial Pressure" and "Beware of Idle Talk." Above all else, however, she emphasizes that peace can be found by staying in good standing with God, accepting oneself and making peace with others. In her usual can-do style, Meyer challenges her fellow Christians to be courageous, confident and discerning, and she invokes Bible passages to drive home her message. She's also brutally honest about her own weaknesses, which lends further credence to her teachings. While Meyer doesn't offer much advice that hasn't been covered by countless other self-help books, her tale of personal growth should inspire her countless fans.
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December 30, 2004
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