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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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Joyce Meyer: How to Hear from God, Change Your Words Change Your Life, Living Courageously

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

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. LIVING COURAGEOUSLY - In this book, Joyce Meyer shows that even though fear will surely challenge you, the Holy Spirit can still help you walk in faith.CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE - Words can poison or heal, start wars or make peace. In CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE, Joyce Meyer sets out a guide to 'smart talk' that will change your life.

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My Time with God

Joyce Meyer
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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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Unshakeable Trust

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

In her new book, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores a life lived in complete and total dependence on God. Drawing on her own experiences and inspiration from the Word of God, Joyce makes the case that in every area of your life--spiritually, relationally, emotionally, financially--you can trust that God has your very best in store.

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Enjoy Your Journey

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

Are you enjoying every day of your life? Or do you tell yourself and others that you will find happiness once you have achieved a specific goal or position? Jesus came so that you might have and enjoy life (John 10:10). In this compact abridgment, Joyce Meyer combines biblical principles with personal experiences to explain how you can enjoy every day on your journey through life. You will learn such lessons as how to make the decision to enjoy life, how to rid yourself of regret, how to experience simplicity in life, how to find joy during times of waiting, and much more! Enjoying life is an attitude of the heart, and you can learn how to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going.

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20 Ways to Make Every Day Better

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Overload

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

As technology increases your accessibility, it becomes harder to mute the background noise of your life and receive God's guidance. Joyce Meyer calls this OVERLOAD, when the demands of your busy life become all-consuming and overwhelming. But to experience the joyful life God has planned, you must make time to focus on His Word. Then you'll receive His healing calmness and gain the strength to take on life's challenges, from physical ailments to problems in relationships. Through the practical advice and Scriptural wisdom in this book, you'll learn how to unplug and free yourself from burdens that weigh you down. You'll gain simple, effective tips for better rest and stress management and discover the fulfilling life you were meant to lead.

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Battlefield of the Mind Bible

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer will help you use the Word to overcome the battles of your mind by changing your thoughts to change your life. Features she shares include over 150 contemplative articles on Winning the Battles of the Mind, 500 scripture-based articles called Keys to a Victorious Life, and so much more. She also helps empower you with God's strength through hundreds of prayers, thought-provoking questions, and thorough introductions to each book of the Bible.Joyce's teachings on the "Battlefield of the Mind" give a new dimension to how the "Words of life" can transform your life. You'll feel as though you have Joyce as your own personal study partner.Additional features include:*PowerPoints - Approximately 350 powerful tips drawn from scripture to help you think, speak, or live to win the battles of the mind.*Speak God's Word - 300 scripture confessions that will teach you how to confess God's Word for yourself.*A Prayer for Victory - 125 prayers to fuel your ability to overcome any obstacle and live victoriously.

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You Can Begin Again

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Power Words

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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The Power of Being Thankful

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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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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Change Your Words, Change Your Life

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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The Secret to True Happiness

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Power Thoughts Devotional

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer

'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.

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Do Yourself a Favour ... Forgive

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer
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Living Beyond Your Feelings

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
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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.

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Battlefield of the Mind

Joyce Meyer
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