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Change Your Words, Change Your Life: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer discusses the importance of words in Change Your Words, Change Your Life:
"Words are a big deal. They are containers for power, and we have to decide what kind of power we want our words to carry. . . . I believe that our words can increase or decrease our level of joy. They can affect the answers to our prayers and have a p
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kat Caldwell It isn't hard to read. The words are pretty big and the flow is good. I read it in 30 minute increments and it took a little more than a week. It had …moreIt isn't hard to read. The words are pretty big and the flow is good. I read it in 30 minute increments and it took a little more than a week. It had great insights(less)

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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I know you've heard the saying before, "you are what you say!" Yet how often do we take the time really to consider just what we are saying most of the time. It reminds me of another saying when dealing with others, I used to hear from my mom, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say it at all!" How true those sayings really are.

Just the other day a great friend of mine got some incredible news that would mean the world to her family that was facing huge financial difficulties as well as some
Denise Ballentine
I have never been a "fan" of Joyce Meyer, never listened to an entire message that she has preached, never been to one of her conferences and, until now, never read one of her books. That being said, I really liked this book! I am not a "charismatic" Christian, and I know that Meyer is firmly placed in that camp, but I found almost nothing in here that I would disagree with. Easy to understand, grounded on scripture, this book is very helpful in understanding the power of our words and the corre ...more
Mary Lou
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Anyone who's read this book will hesitate to say anything less than positive about it, as it would show they didn't take the message to heart. In a nutshell, it's the same advice Thumper's wise mother gave him, i.e. "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." But not just because it's a more pleasant way to live, but because the Bible tells us that negativity is a sin against God. The message is a good one, and one I needed to hear. However, if I could offer constructive critic ...more
Jill Kemerer
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book made all the difference to me this January. It was exactly what I needed to read, and I spread it out over the course of two weeks. I also took tons of notes.

Joyce Meyer nails the message home--we must watch our words and thoughts to have our best life. Negativity isn't good for us or the world. I love her advice about speaking Scriptural truths out loud.

If you're tired of feeling negative, read this book! It's wonderful!
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The audio was good. However, this is the kind of book that I feel the need to highlight, underline and tab. And carry around with you. So, I'm going to have to buy a hard copy. ...more
Gail Welborn
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Joyce Meyer examines the power, energy and influences of words in her new release, ‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life,’ that complements her other books, Power Thoughts and Living beyond Your Feelings. She quotes Proverb 18:21, “…the power of life and death are in the tongue” to support her teachings.

To further illustrate the power of words, she gives two examples. The first, a new father who hears “Da-da” for the first time and begins to cry and, “When God said…” (Genesis 1:3) words God used
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: excellent-read
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. It has really helped me be acutely aware of the things that come out of my mouth that are not edifying to me or others. I read this after reading So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore. Reading both books has helped me to recognize how many of the things I think and say are rooted in insecurity.
Jan 08, 2013 added it
Great! Good reminder of how our words carry more power than we think!
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Change Your Words, Change Your Life, Joyce Meyer demonstrated the importance of controlling your tongue and speaking life enhancing words about yourself and others. Joyce Meyer pointed out that social media has introduced a whole new concept of us having to watch what we type/say to others. Cyberbullying has spread vicious words among children and teenagers. This is an important area that we have to watch what we say or type. We can choose to share positive words or negative words it’s up to ...more
Jody Paglia
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This is my first experience with Joyce Meyer's work. The title, "Change Your Words, Change Your Life" is empowering. She covers the issue of personal communication at all angles. This is not a "how to" book that teaches methods to persuade and manipulate people to gain what we want. It is a "how to" book with methods to change within ourselves, in the way we communicate and choose our words.

Meyer emphasizes the need to be positive in our responses, but she delves much deeper into the subject. T
Carla Still
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joyce-meyer
Packed with great insights and truths, underlining and marking was not enough for this book. I've tagged for quick reference. This is truly a life changing book promoting thoughts, words, and a life that God wants for us to enjoy.

"A happy heart is good medicine, and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Joyce Meyer:

"The more good things you speak, the more good you will experience in your life."

"We can immediately increase our joy by speaking r
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is another excellent book from Joyce Meyer. Filled with spiritual insight, the book guides readers through a journey of discovering the impact that words have on our lives. This book was written specifically for Christians as it is filled with scripture and parallels to the Bible and life of Christ. Meyers clarifies the meaning of faith in relation to the words we speak. I am so thankful to have received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads! This book is one that I wil ...more
Jess Coulston
Oct 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really want to divulge further into this topic. But YUCK this author is SUCH a bible thumper I seriously I can't even keep reading this book. If only she could have kept her religion at bay and prioritized the value of your words! ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
This should really be titled God Can Change Your Life, because the number of biblical references and invocations of God's will are enough to disgust any but the staunchest Christian.

This should not be classified under Psychology or Self-Help, but under Bible Studies. Ugh.
Molly Simanjuntak
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maybee Library
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always Joyce nailed it! This book speaks to what should be obvious to us all as we age. But... unfortunately it is not. I went into this book assuming it would be a quick upbeat soul booster. I was right and wrong. Joyce gets right into From the overflow of our hearts, our mouth speaks. We welcome into our lives what we invite in from our mouths. If all we do is gripe and complain then all we will see around us is more reasons to express those emotions. We need to take a Godly approach in are ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It gives a Christian perspective on why we need to choose our words carefully. Also, when to...not say whatever is on your mind. It's very practical, like everything Joyce Meyer writes.

Avoid complaining, gossiping, criticizing even when it's toward yourself! Don't talk to yourself as if you're worthless, fat, stupid, or whatever negativity you can think about.

And instead replace it with kindness, praise, and lovely words (especially for God).

I enjoy some of the quotes:

Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was exactly what I needed. The only flies in the ointment are the author's almost obsessive need to break up the Scriptures she is using with copious synonyms, breaking up the flow of the Word and also the author's eyebrow raising wealth. I like to research what I read and typed in the author's name, as I forgot the name of the book, and saw the Wiki page for the author. So I clicked on it. I won't say anything more than, she has her own private jet...

Author finances aside, the book is
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second book of Joyce Meyer's that I've enjoyed. (I've read about 4 or 5).
This book helps to be aware of the negative thoughts and things we say, usually without much thought given to them.
I know there are many non-religious people that believe in the power of thoughts and words.
Meyer gives many examples of both positive and negative thoughts and words with scripture.
She also shares her personal experiences and growth in the power of the Word with changing thoughts and words.
How many par
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an incredibly powerful and empowering read. I truly believe in the power of our words to influence ourselves, our faith, and those around us. Joyce Meyer is one of my all-time favorite Christian teachers, and this book is a perfect example of why. This is a marvelous teaching on how to lean on God's Word to guard and direct our own words. Mastering our words can really affect our happiness and our lives. I encourage everyone to read this and let the lesson into your heart. You will be glad ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm probably not a very fair critic for this because I have such a great appreciation for Joyce Meyer's teaching and writing, but this has been one of my favorites....I most appreciated the practical (for some, yes, common sense) advice and pointers. I have heard many people say "she's just telling you what should be common sense", well, I tend to get lost in the mess of the world and need a dose of common sense reminders every now and again :) So maybe that's why I enjoyed this book so much! ...more
Chuck Bradley
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This book contained a lot of wisdom and rock solid advice. It also had a great deal more proselytization than I expected or appreciated. I thought the author's arrogance in presuming to tell us what God thinks, how He behaves and why as well as “enhancing” quoted scripture passages as if they were not well written enough, was more than a little off-putting. If you can get past those things, you can take a good deal from this book. ...more
Madelaine Snell
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by Joyce Meyer. Our words are so powerful, death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21

Joyce does a wonderful job of bringing wisdom to the area of using our words wisely to honor God.

I find her teaching to be very powerful and direct. I would highly recommend any of her teachings to assist a believer in maturing in their relationship with God.
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first Joyce Meyer book I have read and it motivated me to read several of her other books. This book is great for anyone who is struggling with where they are in life. The message is very clear that words have a direct impact on our lives and that to see change, we need to change the way we speak. It certainly makes you think before you speak. I know that I am more conscious of my words and have benefited from being more calculated in my speech.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Joyce Meyers has a gift for teaching the Bible. She takes the Scriptures and appplies them so we have an understanding of how to live them out in a simple, practical way. Change Your Words, Change Your Life is a book for everyone. There is so much truth in this book that it is one you can refer to time and time again. There is always room for improvement when it comes to our choice of words.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Joyce Meyer read. And probably my last. While it was a more than adequate treatment of the Biblical principles about speech and it certainly made me think more carefully about what comes out of my mouth, the writing (conversational style) was distracting and her teaching bordered on (if not flat out tipped over to) prosperity theology too much for my liking.
Ladypoet Nfaith
Joyce Meyer is a gifted writer. I'd like to think of her as a minister of emotions. You never know the impact of your words until they are released. Words have power. This book is about damage control verbally and mentally. " life and death lies in the pier of the tongue". She said it best, " change your words change your life". What you don't know can hurt you and others. Very good read. ...more
Janelle Hood
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was an amazing book! I learned so much! It answered a lot of questions and struggles that I had about speaking what was factual verses what is actually true (scriptural). I think that everyone should read this book! It is on such an important topic.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful book that helps the readers understand how to choose words and thoughts that create peace and power in their lives. If people throughout the world understood and applied the concepts in this book, we would have peace in our hearts, homes, and nations.
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Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, Joyce’s books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, Joyce teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on how the Word of God applies to our everyday lives. Her candid communication style allows her to share openl ...more

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