Author: Joyce Meyer
Info: Copyright 2006 Warner Faith Books
Where: Purchased at America’s Thrift Store in Rainbow City, AL
Availability: Most bookstores. Libraries ( I know that it is available locally at Jacksonville (AL) Public Library, Anniston (AL) Public Library’s main branch and the County’s Bookmobile), and of course Amazon.com
Why: Recommended by friends.
Rating (on a scale of 1-4 smileys): J J J J
What are the 12 Keys?:
- Let God Do the Heavy Lifting: The Myth of Willpower
- Learning to Love Your Body: Stop spending all your time with someone you hate.
- Mastering Metabolism: Stabilizing the burning of calories.
- Exercise: What it does and what it doesn’t do.
- Balanced Eating: Not just counting and measuring.
- Water Your Life: Getting juice in the joints.
- Mindful Eating: Getting back to simple beauty of eating at the table.
- Curb Your Spiritual Hunger: If you’re full of God, you can’t be full of anything else.
- De-Stress: Turning off the pressure cooker.
- Right Vision: What is your inspiration.
- Make it Easy: How to take it one day at a time.
- Take Responsibility: Stopping the blame game.
I like the fact that Joyce was 63 years old when she wrote this book (she is now 69). So, she not only had life experience, but the maturity to write in clearly, candidly, and realistically. She did not make pie-in-the-sky promises of rapid weight loss and an instant new life. She wrote a no nonsense, common sense approach to a life of health.
I like her recommendation to read the entire book first, then reread, implementing the steps one at a time, and not moving on to the next chapter until the current one was thoroughly put into practice.
I like that it’s not a "diet" book. This book not only addresses food and exercise, but it hits deeper issues such as body image, stress reduction, spiritual renewal, and rest.
I like that each chapter has suggestions on how to take action on the 12 keys. In other words, it’s not just "do this, do that." It actually tells you how.
The only thing I don’t like is that all of my questions are not answered. But that really isn’t a negative. It' makes me dig more.
Now, you know I’m not giving too much away. I want you to read the book.