Joyce Meyer has been teaching the Word of God since 1976 and in
full-time ministry since 1980. She is the #1 New York
Times bestselling author of more than seventy inspirational
books. She has also released thousands of audio teachings as well
as a complete video library. Joyce's ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE radio
and television programs are broadcast around the world, and she
travels extensively conducting conferences. Joyce and her husband,
Dave, are the parents of four grown children and make their home in
St. Louis, Missouri. You can visit her at www.joycemeyer.org.
No-nonsense, best-selling author and Bible teacher Meyer explores the various modes God uses to communicate with his listening followers in this book geared for charismatic Christians. While most Christians would agree that the primary vehicle God utilizes to speak to believers is the Bible, Meyer adds several others that may raise eyebrows among conservative evangelicals. She asserts that devout Christians can and do hear from God via dreams, visions, an audible voice and what Meyer calls an "inner witness" that parallels the still, small voice mentioned in Scripture. She aims to encourage Christians to listen well, as she believes that very few followers of Christ ever fulfill God's perfect plan because they haven't perceived God's directives for their lives. Detailing various obstacles to hearing from God, Meyer candidly shares her own battles with busyness before expounding upon the dangers of rote religious activity, stubborn hard-heartedness, worldly viewpoints, unforgiveness and legalism. Finally, she offers the cure for these ills: the grace of God that brings blessed freedom and restoration. Meyer's trademark plainspoken style carries through here; as a spirit-filled spokesperson for God, she writes her words in the same style she would speak them. Some Christians may wonder about her tendency toward "verse claiming"-the many instances where she thinks God is speaking directly to her through a message or lesson given to some biblical character. However, fans of Meyer's previous works will likely be delighted with this newest offering, and its back-to-basics approach will ensure new fans as well. (Sept. 2) Forecast: Meyer's most recent title, Knowing God Intimately, reached #7 on the PW Religion Bestseller list with only limited promotion in ABA circles, and has recently topped the CBA charismatic bestseller list. Meyer's books have sold more than 800,000 copies with Warner who acquired her backlist seven months ago while signing her for several new titles. This book will have an initial print run of 130,000 copies. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.