worry free living book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

In Worry-Free Living, Joyce Meyer has written a guide to erase worry from our lives – if we are ready to trade our hard won (and often unrealistic) anxiety for lasting personal inner peace. The book is a small pocketbook that fits into a pouch, shoulder bag or briefcase easily, and it has five sections that give us information on how to ease our cares. It is definitely faith-based, as are all of Meyer’s books, and the sections cover choosing peace, leaning on the Lord, resting in God, trusting in God’s plan and casting away your cares.

Meyer starts the reader off using biblical references and she continues this practice throughout the book, to show the reader how to express a glad heart, relinquish fear and anxiety and rejoice in the day that the Lord has made. Instead of worrying for our futures, we should seek God and have confidence in God’s plan. Our everyday lives require a certain amount of peace to get anything done. We are also human and we do use worry as an excuse not to get on with the daily business of living. Still looking for something to be wrong behind the joy, we are taught by this book to appreciate the joy for what it really is–joy. Meyer notes that we should not be rehearsing in our heads the communications that we want to have with other people who have wronged us. We need to trust God, that he will work things out for our benefit and in our favor at all times.

Next Meyer talks about leaning on the Lord daily and not solely depending on our own devices for understanding change in our lives. All sections provide real life ideas on how to solidify our Christian faith in a way that reduces stress and feelings of failure, and increases the light heart that is immediately open and receptive to grace, God’s love and lasting peace.

I enjoyed reading how having problems in our lives does not mean that we have to forfeit peace and the experience of joy in our lives. Therefore, we don’t have to be helplessly unhappy just because we have a few unhappy circumstances in our lives. Meyer of course does not suggest that we be inappropriately elated over bad events. A good example would be of a person who is homeless yet remains positive throughout the process of pulling himself up, and becomes someone who people want to help on a daily basis because of his positive attitude.

This book is a great pocket devotional study, and it can references and applied to our life situations over and are again. I’d recommended it to all readers of all ages.

Also by Joyce Meyer: Overload

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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