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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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The Mind Connection

Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, explores the power of positive thinking and the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes.Are your thoughts random and meaningless, or do they affect your life in ways you have not yet understood? In THE MIND CONNECTION, Joyce Meyer explains that the quality of your thoughts directly affects your quality of life. What you think impacts your words, attitude, decisions and emotions. It's all connected: thoughts affect your entire life by influencing how you relate to yourself, other people and to God. Joyce expands on the wisdom of her bestsellers Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to show you how to develop and maintain the right mental position - no matter what you face. Through practical advice and Scriptural insights, she'll help you think with purpose and gain the confidence to claim the life you were meant to lead. (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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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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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
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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

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
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Get Your Hopes Up!

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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You Can Begin Again

Joyce Meyer
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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

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

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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Never Give Up

Joyce Meyer
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'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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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
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Starting and Ending Your Day Right

Joyce Meyer
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