From nail biting to cell phone addiction, procrastination to overspending, bad habits seem to outnumber the good ones. Unfortunately, we pay a price for bad habits that outweighs the immediate gratification that they bring.
In this audiobook, Joyce Meyer starts by examining the nature of habits. The first habit - and most important one to have - is the God Habit. By making it a habit to start your day by reading the Bible and communing with God, asking for His help in your efforts and His strength and sustenance, the stage is set for overcoming the habits you want to break and establishing new ones in their place.
She then explores how to break bad habits by examining the destructive negative behavior patterns.
The author moves on to discuss 14 good habits and devotes a chapter to each. By the end of the chapter, the listener has a specific roadmap to follow until the behavior has become automatic (the definition of a habit). It's like following a GPS to get you to a new place. After traveling the same route several times, the GPS isn't needed for you to find your destination. The "habit" of following the right route is ingrained.
Among the habits discussed are:
The God Habit
The Habit of Being Decisive
The Health Habit
The Happy Habit
The Habit of Faith
The Habit of Excellence
The Habit of Being Responsible
The Generosity Habit
The Hurry Habit
The Discipline Habit
The Confidence Habit
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Strictly A Matter of Opinion
I know she means well but there are parts of this book that demonstrate how little research was done during the writing process. I know that the paradigm rests in religion but some of her references are ridiculously inaccurate and downright dangerous. For example, she claims that cortisol (a stress hormone) causes the heart to beat at "four times its natural rate" (chapter 8, 07:35). A healthy adult heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute. This would mean that, according to the author, even a little bit of cortisol would result in a heart rate of 240-400 beats per minute. This is absolutely ridiculous.
Another asinine quote appears in Chapter 8 at 10:25 when she says "The experts say we should drink half of our bodyweight in water everyday." The Mayo Clinic reports that a rough approximation for adequate water consumption is 3 liters (about 4/5 of a gallon) per day. I'm a 175 pound man and by the authors recommendation I should drink nearly 10.5 gallons of water EVERY DAY. That's not only ridiculous but would be incredibly dangerous. That quote alone was enough for me to discredit her entirely.
If that wasn't enough, late in the book she says, "People may forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel" (chapter 17, 08:37). It's a beautiful quote but there's just one problem: Joyce Meyer stole it. Maya Angelou, one of the greatest writers in recent times, deserves the credit for that one.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I know the author means well. However, for anyone out there looking for information on how to build habits this isn't the place to start. At times she comes across as downright condescending and offers little to no helpful information. She references the bible often but relies only on her personal opinion. In sum, this book is a collection of poorly researched and misguided opinions and nothing more.
- Jonathan M Bryant
Couldn't get past the accent and "reading" voice
I watch Joyce Meyer all the time on TV and I have always liked her very much. I loved the concept of replacing bad habits with good ones and ordered the audio book.
Unfortunately, the narrator's pronunciation and accent began to bug me. (for instance, "God will not forget you" sounded like "Gad will nat forget you." Also, there was no story-telling flow, just sounded like reading.
I thought Sheesh, who is this narrator?? So I Googled her name, Sandra McCollom, and found that she is Joyce's daughter. The Google search opened Pandora's Box of all these articles about Joyce Meyer and her family and all the controversy about her ministry and money etc. It was kind of a bummer.
The concept and the message of the book is great, but I couldn't enjoy it because eventually I was wincing every time she said Gad.
I think Joyce would be better to hire a professional to convey her books with more flow and enthusiasm.