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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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Never Give Up

Joyce Meyer
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Power Thoughts Devotional

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

Drawing on the principles of the bestselling POWER THOUGHTS, this daily devotional shows us how to take control of our mind and positively affect every area of our lives.'Where the mind goes, the man follows.' - Joyce MeyerThe groundbreaking principles of POWER THOUGHTS are now encapsulated in a 365 day devotional, which encourages you to expose negative thinking and learn to think in line with God's Word. Walk with Joyce day by day, as she demonstrates the twelve strategies that provide the antidote to every battle your mind faces. The POWER THOUGHTS DEVOTIONAL will teach you how you can control the way you think and make positive changes to your life.(P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Trusting God Day by Day

Joyce Meyer
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The Confident Woman Devotional

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My Time with God

Joyce Meyer
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The Mind Connection

Joyce Meyer
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How to Hear From God

Joyce Meyer
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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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In THE MIND CONNECTION Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, expands on the wisdom of her bestselling books Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to explain how to improve the quality of your thoughts and your life. This study guide companion will help you maximise the wisdom of that book through relevant scripture, challenging questions, powerful illustrations, and space to fill with your reflections.Exploring each section of THE MIND CONNECTION, this guide will help you understand the important connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes so that you can develop the right mind-set to overcome every challenge you face. You will learn to think with purpose, gain greater confidence, and claim the joyful life you were meant to lead.Topics include:The Life You've Always Wanted to LivePositive Self-TalkThe Power of FocusHow Your Thoughts Affect Your Physical and Emotional HealthHow to Get Your Mind Back When You Feel Like You Have Lost It!

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Knowing God Intimately (Revised)

Joyce Meyer
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Get Your Hopes Up!

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I Dare You

Joyce Meyer
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You Can Begin Again

Joyce Meyer
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The Confident Mom

Joyce Meyer
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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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Battlefield of the Mind

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'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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Living Beyond Your Feelings

Joyce Meyer
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The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, and many of those thoughts trigger a corresponding emotion. No wonder so many of us often feel like we're controlled by our emotions. Our lives would be much improved if we controlled them.In LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, Joyce Meyer examines the gamut of feelings that human beings experience. She discusses the way that the brain processes and stores memories and thoughts, and then - emotion by emotion - she explains how we can manage our reactions to those emotions. By doing that, she gives the reader a toolbox for managing the way we react to the onslaught of feelings that can wreak havoc on our lives.

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Any Minute

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The Love Revolution

Joyce Meyer
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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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'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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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.