Related to: 'Knowing God Intimately (Revised)'

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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Your Battles Belong to the Lord

Joyce Meyer, Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer, Joyce Meyer
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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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How to Hear From God

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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The Mind Connection Study Guide

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

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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Get Your Hopes Up!

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Good Health, Good Life

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

The bodies God creates are instruments for experiencing a fulfilling life on earth, for doing good works, and for spiritual development. To do the work we are meant to do, our bodies need to stay in shape. We must maintain a sound mind, body, and soul. Yet in the modern world, it is all too easy to let one, two, or all three of these slip.Based on her New York Times bestseller, Look Great, Feel Great, in this compact read Joyce Meyer presents her twelve-key plan to address the "self esteem drought" which perpetuates the habits that cause poor health. As she explores each of the twelve keys for good health, she offers five methods for improving our physical and spiritual wellness. Additionally, Joyce provides helpful resources, like the "Ounce of Prevention Checklist," for self-maintenance.

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The Approval Fix

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

When we hear the word addiction, we tend to think of unbreakable habits involving drugs or alcohol. But many people struggle each day with a different kind of addiction: a deep need for the approval of others. Their unquenchable thirst for love and acceptance often causes people to suffer in relationships, give up on their dreams, and even forfeit their destinies. The key to breaking free from approval addiction, and the people-pleasing that goes along with it, is to understand and embrace the love of God and others and to be able to love yourself.In The Approval Fix, best-selling author Joyce Meyer offers the practical insights and lessons necessary to find freedom from the need for approval. Anyone who wants to enjoy life and build healthy relationships, but struggles to feel accepted, will benefit immensely from this book, which is full of proven principles from Meyer's years of experience helping people find freedom in many areas of their lives.

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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
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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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Living Beyond Your Feelings

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Any Minute

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves - especially children and her husband, Joe -but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family. One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah's car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She is presumed dead by those on the 'outside', but Sarah's spirit is still very much alive. What she discovers on the other side transforms everything about Sarah's view of life - past, present, and future. When Sarah is revived, she is a changed woman. And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

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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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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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Starting and Ending Your Day Right

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Battlefield of the Mind for Teens

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

With over one million copies sold, Joyce Meyer's Battlefield of the Mind is among the most important books of the last decade. Now, in response the myriad of requests from conference attendees, Joyce provides the same comfort and instruction found in the original book for younger readers. Joyce partners with popular author and speaker Todd Hafer to bring her respected wisdom and sound advice to today's teens--a group that desperately needs to hear Joyce's message. Made teen-friendly with contemporary language, BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND FOR TEENS equips a new audience desperately in need of guidance with a means of winning the war raging inside them

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Battlefield of the Mind

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

#1 bestselling author and speaker Joyce Meyer offers a companion devotional to her award-winning message, Battlefield of the Mind. Joyce Meyer is known for her million-copy bestselling Battlefield of the Mind in which she encourages readers to take control of their negative thoughts and live a more empowered and fruitful life in God. Now she distills her core message into a new 100-day devotional. Day by day, readers will gain new insights into the pitfalls of negative and defeatist thinking and learn ways to promote a healthier and victorious mindset. With multiple pages of complementary Scripture and closing prayers designed to focus readers on each daily message, the BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND DEVOTIONAL will provide Joyce Meyer's personal thoughts on "winning the battle in your mind."