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How does a person bounce back after being beaten down personally, professionally and emotionally? What impact do words, thoughts, and beliefs have in determining one's level of happiness? Kristi Watts asked herself these questions after her marriage dissolved and she left a high-profile position as a cohost of The 700 Club. Initially excited to walk into a new season of life that she thought held the key to happiness, she soon stumbled into emotional pitfalls that left her discouraged, disappointed, and distant from God. Known as the upbeat host who was always filled with joy and laughter, she was anything but-yet she was determined to get her happy back! But how? By learning how Kristi did, that true happiness is not simply acquired but rather cultivated.
Using biblical principles, Talk Yourself Happy illustrates the importance of relying on God to tame our tongues and train our minds, and it exposes the hidden traps that keep Christians from living lives of happiness, empowering readers with the ultimate transformation of their hearts.
Number of Pages: 218
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Kristi Watts is best known for her role as a former co-host on the award-winning television program The 700 Club and for her in-depth interviews of authors, celebrities, and public figures such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and movie mogul Tyler Perry. She recently launched Kristi Watts Ministries to provide Bible study tools, video blogs, and speaking engagements. Today, Kristi lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her son.
happier than happy5 Stars Out Of 5Talk Yourself Happy.... bookApril 14, 2017happier than happyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is such great book and there are pages and paragraphs I have read over & again. That's what's great about the physical text, one can reach for it & flip through, marking it & highlighting it. I would purchase this text for others, it's such a great blessing and may be a timely one, whenever they choose to pick it up.
incitefaithGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Talk Yourself Happy by Kristi Watts [Book Review]March 1, 2017incitefaithGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Talk Yourself Happy Transform Your Heart by Speaking Gods Promises was a timely read. I think one of our biggest misconceptions is if we think happy, we will be happy. In my own life, this isnt always the case. One thing I loved about Kristis perspective is speaking Gods promises and Word over our life and circumstances. This has the power to change our perspective significantly.
Our thoughts and words have power, especially the ones directed at ourselves. Im getting better in this area with Gods help. We have a powerful weapon available to us daily and that is Gods Word. Kristi reminds us speaking Gods promises out loud breaks the enemys hold over us. Using the Word of God and speaking His promises allows for spiritual breakthrough.
Speaking Gods promises over our life is not just a pep talk, but a way of life.
Im learning this a lot lately. Every time I get into a funk, I repeat scripture back to myself. Thankfully, I have friends in my life who remind me daily of Gods truth. We need to believe daily the power of the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and break through the lies of the enemy. This is the key to happiness.
If you struggle in this area, Talk Yourself Happy is the book for you.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Be Happy No Matter What!February 1, 2017tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Have you ever experienced a time in your life when everything switches around, when the world as you know it suddenly tilts? Perhaps you were living your life and everything was going okay, you were happy with your world. Then boom! Everything suddenly changes, and almost before you know what happened, every part of your life seems to go upside down. Kristi Watts experienced that.
Kristi seemed to have everything going for her in life: a rewarding job in Christian television, a wonderful son, a strong faith. Then seemingly overnight, everything changed. Her job on the 700 Club was gone, and with it her income along with a large part of her identity.
Shortly before Kristis life turned upside down, Dr. Myles Munroe had given her a prophesy about her future. While he was a guest on the 700 Club, he told Kristi God had sent him there to talk to her! He had a lot to tell her, but one of the points he made was that changes were going to happen suddenly in her life, and Kristi should just say yes, Ill do that. He also told her, and dont worry about how, God is going to do everything.
At first, when things fell apart, it wasnt too hard to keep the faith, to be confident that something new was going to come along, any second things would get better. But as the weeks turned into months, and then into years, keeping a smile on Kristis face, let alone not losing her faith, became very difficult. Despite blanketing ever possible place with her resume, she couldnt get a job. It was not a happy time, far from it.
Kristi began to have lots of doubts and discouragements with God. With no job or money coming in, she and her son were in a bad predicament. Years earlier, when her son was just a new-born, her husband had abandoned them, cleaning out their bank account before he left. While married, he constantly put her down, and condemned her dreams. Self-doubt began hammering away at Kristi. Maybe all those poisonous things her former husband said were true she wondered, perhaps she couldnt do anything right.
It was during one of those low spots, while talking with her mom, that Kristi discovered that the words that came out of her mouth could really make her happy, or saddespite the circumstances she was in. Her discovery verified Proverbs 18:21:
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
She found how important it was to think before saying something negative about a situation. In other words, dont curse yourself with your tongue! Kristi suggests saying positive things about your life, even if it currently doesnt have anything good in it. She recommends following the advice found in Luke 6:45:
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
By following that suggestion, her life changed for the better, and yours will too. Kristis book takes us on her journey of applying that knowledge, along with faith, to many really hard things that happened in her life. From her ex-husbands reappearance with a surprise, to coping with cutting remarks from friends, Kristi tries to guard her mouth while living through the fall-out.
Talk Yourself Happy is easy to read. Kristi writes as if the reader were her best friend, and she is very real, telling her true thoughts and feelings. She even includes her failures. Most of all, she points to God and scripture as the answer for all situations no matter how tough they may bealong with a way to be happy through it all. I recommend this five star book to anyone needing some happiness in their life, especially if they are facing difficult circumstances.
Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Talk Yourself Happy for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Mostly a memoirJanuary 16, 2017Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Talk Yourself Happy" is a memoir about a dark period in the author's life and some lessons that God taught her through those trials. I'd expected the book to be focused on God's character and promises and contain a lot of Scripture quotes, but there's not much of this. The focus was mainly on the author and the hard things she went through.
The author came to realize that some of her attitudes and actions were standing in the way of God's blessings. There was an ongoing theme about not speaking negative thoughts aloud. I agree that words have power and that blaming or criticizing other people can stand in the way of your healing and joy. However, I felt burdened by the repeated idea that any negative thought will stand in the way of God blessing me--though I doubt the writers of the Psalms would agree with this idea.
Overall, though, her points were good ones. We feel happier when we remind ourselves of the things God has done for us (and others) and about his character than when we focus on our problems. Reaching out to help others, showing compassion and forgiveness, praising God, and seeking God's perspective about our identity and situation are all good ways to find happiness. So, overall, I'd recommend this book, especially if you're interested in "what ever happened to Kristi Watts?"
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through BookLook.