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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

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Power Thoughts Devotional

Joyce Meyer
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Trusting God Day by Day

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

A brand-new daily devotional featuring the best of number one New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer.In her dynamic new devotional, international speaker Joyce Meyer provides you with powerful 'starting points' for every day of the year. Each day's devotion is filled with practical advice from Joyce along with life-changing promises from God's Word that you can quickly and easily apply in your own life. The world wants you to place your trust in your circumstances, your success, your talents, and the opinions of others. But God has called you to rise above the world, and put your full trust in Him - to believe and apply what He's promised more than anything else. Living this way won't just happen - you have to be intentional. But where do you begin? We all need help to make good choices, to battle worry, overcome anxiety, and keep a positive attitude. Using this devotional, readers will learn to grab hold of life this way, day by day, with trust in God.(P)2012 Hachette Audio

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The Confident Woman Devotional

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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My Time with God

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

Everyday life can be demanding; it's easy to become distracted by so many things that seem important. But in order to achieve the life God has planned for you, you have to make time for what's most important - and the building block of a fulfilling life - your relationship with Him. In My Time with God, Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, offers a practical way to spend time with God. Joyce shares powerful Scripture and personal illustrations that will help you experience the joy and peace that is gained through spending time with Him. You'll begin to navigate life more effectively, make better decisions, and claim the wonderful life you were meant to lead, day by day.

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The Mind Connection

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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How to Hear From God

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

In the hustle and bustle of today's busy world, sometimes it's hard enough to hear yourself think, much less take a minute to stop and listen for the voice of God. But learning to recognize God's voice and the many ways in which He speaks is vital for following His plan. In HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD, Joyce Meyer shows readers that God reaches out to people every day, seeking a partnership with them to offer guidance and love. She reveals the ways in which God delivers His word and the benefits of asking God for the sensitivity to hear His voice. Joyce asks the question, "Are you listening?" and shares how to do just that.

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The Mind Connection Study Guide

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Knowing God Intimately (Revised)

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

If you are looking for God, or if you are a believer who feels something is missing, Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, wants to show you how to achieve the profound joy that comes from a truly intimate relationship with God.Using Scripture and powerful real-life examples, Joyce reveals practical ways that you can increase your level of intimacy with God. She does this by offering a clear picture of four levels of spiritual commitment. At each level-from acknowledging God's presence to letting His love completely transform your life-Joyce shows you how to move, step by step, closer to God and receive His blessings. What relationship are you ready for? How far can you go in seeking God? What amazing accomplishments can you complete with God's help? In KNOWING GOD INTIMATELY, Joyce Meyer gives you the keys to finding your unique relationship with God. He is waiting for you; the choices are yours. Will you open the door?

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Get Your Hopes Up!

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

One of the most powerful forces in the universe is hope--the happy and confident anticipation that something good is going to happen. Regardless of where one is in life, it is impossible to live successfully and to the fullest without hope. With GET YOUR HOPES UP! Joyce will help readers achieve a lasting sense of hope, built on their faith in God. Hope is only as strong as its source. This book will help readers avoid misplacing their trust in unreliable things, and help them ground their hope steadfastly in God for limitless joy and possibilities for their lives. As Joyce explains, "Without hope in God, there isn't much you can do, but with Hope in God, there isn't much you can't do."

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You Can Begin Again

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

It's never too late for grace. Look closely enough and you'll see that theme all through the Bible. Page after page, story after story--God delights in turning tragic endings into new beginnings. The barren give birth, doubters become deliverers, and harlots are recast as heroes. In every biblical fresh start, we are reminded that with God, new beginnings aren't the exception; they're the rule.Using a blend of inspiring stories, Scriptural principles, and straight-talk, in You Can Begin Again, Joyce Meyer powerfully demonstrates that God isn't done with you yet. If you're stuck in a rut, disappointed by an outcome, hurting from a wound, failing in an endeavour, struggling in a relationship, or unsure about the future . . . don't give up. Don't give up on yourself, and don't give up on the God who loves you. If you thought it was too late, it's not. With God you can begin again.

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The Confident Mom

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

Coach, cheerleader, confidant, chef and chauffeur: the job description of a mom is as broad as the horizon. Perhaps this is why so many mothers deal with insecurity and uncertainty as they do their best to raise their children in a challenging and ever-changing world. If you've ever gone to bed disappointed with yourself, if you've ever felt like you weren't measuring up, or if you've ever wished there was a manual for motherhood, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer has just the book for you.In THE CONFIDENT MOM you will be encouraged that you are not alone--God is with you and He wants to help you with the challenges you face each day. Through inspiring stories, Biblical principles and Joyce's own valuable life lessons, there is no doubt you will discover the path to a new confidence and joy in motherhood. No matter your age, the size of your family, or the circumstances you find yourself in, THE CONFIDENT MOM will help you become the joyful, confident mother God created you to be!

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Change Your Words, Change Your Life

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

'Words are a big deal. They are containers for power. 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.'Joyce Meyer shows us how the words we use shape our well-being and that choosing the right ones could change our lives for the better! In CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE Joyce provides a series of guidelines for making sure that our words are constructive, healthy, healing and used to good effect. Topics include:- The impact of words- How to tame your tongue- When to talk and when not to talk- Speaking faith and not fear- The corrosion of complaints- Do you really have to give your opinion?- The importance of keeping your word- The power of speaking God's wordIn a 'Dictionary of God's Word' at the end of the book, Joyce recommends dozens of scripture verses to read out loud as one way of using and claiming healing words.

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Do Yourself a Favour ... Forgive

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

Forgiveness is easier said than done and is one of the most difficult personal issues to deal with. When people fail to forgive, it damages - often ruins - relationships, causes stress and other health problems and can turn life and work into a prison of the mind. Without forgiveness, anger and bitterness become a cauldron of poison. The anger doesn't go away - it just gets worse.In DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR ... FORGIVE, Joyce Meyer helps the reader transform the simple phrase 'I forgive you' into a statement of true meaning that can take relationships to a deeper level.By addressing where the need to forgive comes from, Joyce teaches readers to understand the importance of forgiveness, rather than letting anger's destructive forces take over their lives.

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Battlefield of the Mind

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

'Our actions are a direct result of our thoughts. If we have a negative mind, we will have a negative life. If, on the other hand, we renew our mind according to God's Word, we will prove out "the good and acceptable and perfect will of God" for our lives.'Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation - all these are attacks on the mind. But take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions to change their lives by changing the way they think.Joyce Meyer's all-time bestselling book:· Shows you how to control the thousands of thoughts you have every day· Helps you to recognise damaging thoughts that can influence your life· Identifies the 'Wilderness Mentalities' that hold us back· Demonstrates how to focus your mind to think the way Jesus thoughtJoyce shares the trials, tragedies and ultimate victories from her own marriage, family and ministry that have led her to amazing, life-transforming truth, and reveals her thoughts and feelings every step of the way.

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Any Minute

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Never Give Up

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

'I encourage you today to fan the flame inside of you. Fan it until it burns brightly. Never give up on the greatness for which you were created. Realize that your hunger for adventure is God-given; wanting to try something new is a wonderful desire; embracing life and aiming high is what you were made for. 'NEVER GIVE UP is classic Joyce Meyer: empowering, motivational, understanding and human. Drawing on the examples of other people who never gave up, Joyce writes on: Never Give Up On Yourself, Never Give Up On The Future, Never Give Up When Success Does Not Come Easily, Never Give Up Hope and The Rewards Of Never Giving Up.

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The Love Revolution

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

We know it as the Golden Rule. Jesus called it the Greatest Commandment: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself ... do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' In her latest book, Joyce Meyer proposes that Christians do something revolutionary: actually practice love.The book is a hands-on guide to bringing to life the basic message that Christ brought. In it, Joyce examines what will happen if we each decide that we will refuse to live only for ourselves and instead take on the challenges and problems of others.Joyce takes a global view of the Love Revolution, addressing such issues as*human trafficking*domestic violence*rape*hunger*child prostitutionas well as providing concrete actions you can take to participate the solutions to these world-wide crises. She also gets personal, discussing Biblical and psychological premises to help us practice what we preach on a daily basis.

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Look Great, Feel Great

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

'I wrote Look Great, Feel Great, because I can truthfully say that I feel better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually right now than I have ever felt in my life.''No matter what age or condition you are in, you can do the same.'Joyce Meyer's acclaimed New York Times bestseller: - Provides a twelve-key plan for overcoming the poor eating and exercise habits that prevent us from fulfilling our potential - Demonstrates the amazing spiritual benefits of a healthier lifestyle - Digs beneath the self-respect crisis that threatens society today - Includes a Daily Self-Maintenance Checklist and Quick-Fix Emergency Sheet

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Starting and Ending Your Day Right

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

In STARTING YOUR DAY RIGHT, Meyer provides a day-by-day guide for getting closer to God every morning of the year. Readers will be propelled each morning with a resurgence of hope and resilience for life through these brief and inspirational thoughts, and will never againwant to leave home without first seeking the Lord. As a companion to Starting Your Day Right, ENDING YOUR DAY RIGHT is a daily devotional aimed at helping us take time to acknowledge and give thanks for God's presence throughout our day, and to ask for his continued care throughout the night.

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I Dare You

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

I Dare You is The Purpose-Driven Life, Joyce Meyer style!Joyce Meyer explains that a life without purpose is a life not worth living. We all need a reason to get up every day. We all need a reason to reach for something beyond ourselves. Over the centuries, millions of people have asked, 'What am I here for? What is my purpose?' The more important question is 'How can I live today?'Taking responsibility for how we live takes courage. To accept life as it is comes to us and to be determined to make the most we can out of it is a big challenge. Joyce challenges her readers to make sure they live their lives with purpose and passion.