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Oak Harbor, WA
Age: Over 65
5 Stars Out Of 5
Encouraging and practical
September 13, 2017
Oak Harbor, WA
Age: Over 65
I know we are to trust God, always. But sometimes it is so hard. I really appreciate this latest book from Joyce Meyer. It is full of good teaching and practical suggestions.
I like how Meyer distinguishes trusting people and trusting God. She recognizes people are flawed and we trust them with eyes wide open.
Trusting God is different. We must get to know His character to help us learn to trust Him. Yes, there will be unanswered questions and mysteries. We trust Him anyway. And this trust is not passive. We do what we can and should and trust God for the rest. I really like her teaching on the relationship between obedience and trust.
Meyer has good teaching on suffering, an essential part of trusting God. I like that she admits she does not have all the answers as to why Christians suffer but she does offer enlightening thoughts on the topic. She gives some possible causes and outcomes of suffering. She encourages us to trust God for every situation, every single one.
Meyer's book is really encouraging and thought provoking. For example, am I willing to trust that God's will is better than mine even when I don't understand it? Meyer is also very practical. For example, she suggests six things to do when God is silent.
I highly recommend this book to Christians who are ready to be challenged to trust God completely. You'll get great teaching, lots of illustrations, and plenty of practical suggestions.
Food for thought: "What goes on inside of us (our thoughts and attitudes) is more important that our circumstances." (149)
More food for thought: "Satan likes for us to focus on what is wrong with others, because that way we never see what is wrong with us." (173)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Learn how to truly trust in God, the one person who will NEVER let you down!
August 28, 2017
I've heard it stated that once trust is broken, it can be the hardest thing to repair. That is probably true because no one wants to deal with the "I told you so's!" when it happens again through no fault or perhaps fault of our own. In fact it was the first lesson I learned in my second marriage. I was hell bent on people having to earn my trust before I just gave it to them. However my future husband told me if I do that, you are treating everyone else that comes into your life as if they were the one's that broke your trust to begin with. Everyone has to be given a 100% in your life and you adjust accordingly. We all can agree that once trust has been violated, it is hard to mend those fences. In fact, it begs to ask the question is it even possible to do?
Well in Joyce Meyer's latest book. Unshakable Trust, she reminds readers in how to find the joy of trusting God at all times and in all things, because when we place our trust in man, it will be likely broken at some point because we are expecting perfection and no one can give us that perfection but God in our lives. Even I can agree that I am far from perfect so why would I anticipate that my trust would be an different. Trusting God is the best way to honor God and the benefits of doing so are countless and amazing. I could tell you story after story of putting my trust in God even when I didn't trust myself and have seen the incredible benefits in doing so. In fact God's ways almost defy human explanation. Trust is not an obligation we owe to God. It is a privilege that He makes available to us. When we do this, we open the door to a life of peace, joy and fruitfulness in our lives. It enables us to live without fear, worry, anxiety, fear, reasoning or debilitating stress. God wants us to lean on Him at all times and in all things, not just the ones we aren't getting our own way in.
Since we all have a tendency to be self-reliant and independent, it usually takes us quite a while to learn how to trust God. Part of that difficulty stems from our unpleasant experiences that often teach us that people cannot always be trusted. But God's ways are far above those of people, and His Word teaches us that His character is such that He cannot lie or deceive. In this book, Joyce will show you how to learn to trust without borders and have faith beyond reason. Total trust in God should be our goal. Hebrews 11:6 states, "without faith it is impossible to please Him." Faith and trust are so connected that we cannot separate them. It maintains His presence in our lives and connects us to Him in a very powerful way. Yet we also have an enemy, Satan, who continually seeks to prevent us from enjoying a relationship with God and the life He offers us. Satan tempts us with worry, fear, and anxiety, reasoning, stress, doubt and everything else that will get our mind off of God and cause us to lead self-absorbed lives in which we desperately try to take care of ourselves.
I received Unshakable Trust by Joyce Meyers compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups. The only antidote for these miseries is complete trust in God. The best part of any of Joyce Meyer's books is that she shares her own personal struggles, often times laced with a bit of humor and gives you just the right advice as if your own momma were dishing it out. It's straightforward, honest, and cuts right through the worlds own perverted self help ways to get us out of whatever we are going through. She can show you how to rebuild trust that is broken even if we can no longer converse with those that caused us to mistrust. She tears apart those world myths that too many of us fall for as well like 'don't assume that because you been hurt by someone that everyone will hurt you!' This was mine mantra for so long. God will not only heal you, but He will restore all those lost years of your life when you place your faith and trust in Him. For that reason, I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and believe that we could all do with a dose of learning how to really TRUST again!