This is not the first time we review a book for Joyce Meyer. This review was written by our loyal and generous contributor Ken McKellar.
When Winston Churchill visited his (and my) old school in October 1941, Britain was still standing alone against the Axis Powers; Pearl Harbor brought America into World War Two just over a month later.
Churchill gave a speech to the whole school, saying: “never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
In her book Never Give Up, Joyce Meyer, one of America’s most successful Christian speakers and authors, quotes this speech as an example of a winning state of mind. Her book is about how to create it.
She uses her powerful command of Biblical verses to show Christians how never to give up in the face of the adversity, uncertainty or forces of evil constantly at war for the souls of fallible human beings. One of her main messages is that the situation in which people find themselves is always less important than the way they mentally approach it. Life will never be perfect but you can make it bearable, even enjoyable, by constantly striving for the right state of mind, one element of which is never giving up. Joyce covers a range of other elements necessary for right thinking and how to achieve them.
If you are not a Christian though, please do not be put off by the Christian influence in Joyce’s book. Its structure, writing and advice are widely applicable to a wide range of readers’ beliefs and tastes. I am not a fan of self-improvement books, but this is something quite different. Its advice and guidance are delivered in a down-to-earth, unpreachy, worldly-wise way, without the motivational clichés or New Age psychobabble that seem inevitable these days. She ends each chapter with a vignette of a famous person who succeeded because of their refusal to give up in the face of adversity.
She also writes well – and engagingly. As someone who has been educated in British-English, I found her style refreshingly “English neutral” with neither the dense stiffness that often suffocates British prose, nor the shallow enthusiasm of some American authors, particularly from the evangelical community.
A number of commentators have criticized Joyce Meyer and her commercially successful Ministry for putting profit ahead of the needs of the Christian community. To me this is sour grapes, if you pardon the pun. I see no contradiction at all between commercial success and demonstrably strengthening spiritual faith.
I guarantee that when you have read one of Joyce Meyer’s books, you will want to read them all. Joanna of course has already done this!
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