Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review: Eat the Cookies...Buy the Shoes by Joyce Meyer

Engrained in our culture is the belief that unbending discipline is the only sure way to success. You must go to the gym five times a week, never order the dessert, and don't even think about buying that dress you keep staring at in the store window. Breaking from such a regimented lifestyle is a sign of weakness, right? Wrong!-and Joyce wants to tell us why...

Though setting rules in our lives are important, it's just as important that we break them from time-to-time. Structure is a powerful tool, but when diverging from your own goals is seen as catastrophic, it can have a hugely negative effect on us. Balance is a core value in life and every once in awhile we deserve to indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. So don't feel bad about straying from your goals every once-in-awhile and in fact, embrace it: eat the cookie and buy the shoes!

Received from the publisher for review.

Despite my intense dislike of the author as a person due to my experience with her other books, I decided to give this a try.

This one gets two stars. While the message itself is a valuable one, they way in which it is presented is nauseatingly condescending. The author stated that about 80% of her audiences feel guilty when taking time for themselves. Well, duh! That's the message she preaches! Of course they'd feel guilty! If you share the author's viewpoints then this may be valuable, otherwise, pass on it and find another "inspirational" book on the topic to consult.

☆☆= Just Okay


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