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overload book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

For anyone who is not familiar with Joyce Meyer, let me introduce her to you right now. She is a survivor of an abusive childhood who is raising four children while also running her Christian ministry. She is a television and Internet minister through podcasts who regularly reaches millions with her positive messages of hope, peace and advice for living a Christ-filled life. But she also has a way with words, and is not afraid to share her life story with a reader to make a point. Now that you know the background on the author, you can better appreciate where her advice is coming from–from her experiences and her heart.

Overload is set in 15 chapters that are meant to define stress, help us identify who is in charge of our stressors, show what can be done to relieve our stress, shows us how to face stress head-on, defeat stress and move on with our lives. The book also relates biblical stories to our stress episodes to show us how we fit into a grander plan.

I like the comparison of our modern stress to the stories of Jesus’s disciples caught in a storm in Matthew, Chapter 14. The disciples were afraid and stressed out in a storm, and Jesus asked Peter to meet him by walking on the water, which Peter does. Jesus rescues Peter later when Peter’s faith falters again. The point of the story is that our stress keeps us focused on the storm, not on the full range of wonderful life opportunities or even Godly promises for our lives. Meyer makes a point that we do ourselves a big disservice by comparing ourselves to others in outlets like social media. This is something that we should never do because as we regularly find out, most people lie on their social media accounts. How can we keep up with things that aren’t even true?

I recommend the book to anyone who follows Joyce Meyer and her ministry, and  to readers who haven’t heard of her before but would like a positive message that would help them get through the day.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

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