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Eat the Cookie… Buy the Shoes
Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up

by Joyce Meyer
Read by Sandra McCollom

      Eating a third of a cookie while on a strict diet, dealing with her husband’s reaction, and her decision to lighten up has given Meyer one of the most popular messages she’s ever preached. With over thirty years of growing in God, Joyce continues to experience change and she’s not ashamed to say it.
Joyce believes if you really want change in your walk with God, you’ll get it. In listening to her newest audio you’ll discover how to go easy on yourself and bring about a change. God wants you to stop mourning your mistakes. Instead learn how to celebrate His mercy and forgiveness and learn from your mistakes. Some Christians hang on to their guilt even after a prayer of forgiveness. Joyce shares some of her personal experiences like the cookie incident.
Joyce explains how to motivate one’s self when doing well. Rewarding is always better than punishment. Joyce discusses her goals in exercising, meeting one, yet to reach another.  Joyce realizes if she punishes herself for the lost goal, mentally it will have a negative effect. So it’s best to reward the goal met and work on the one she hasn’t. “Celebration is a time of recovery before the next job.”
Joyce also reminds us that giving encouragement when something is done right instead of criticizing the mistake is much more positive. No one wants an ear full of criticism when they are trying to do their best.
Eat the Cookie… Buy the Shoes is an optimistic look at celebrating success, releasing guilt, and learning to lighten up on yourself as well as others. Whether you’re the one holding on to guilt or the one giving negative feedback, this book is for you. It’s a great lesson aimed at helping Christians recognize, restore, and move on…
Daughter Sandra McCollom gives a clear narration of the audio version.

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Any Minute (a novel) [audio]
A New Day A New You [audio]
Starting Your Day Right /Ending Your Day Right Box Set
Power Thoughts Devotional [audio]
Trusting God Day by Day [audio]
The Power of Being Thankful [audio] 
Closer to God Each Day
My Time with God [audio]

Wake Up to the Word


Power Words
Let God Fight Your Battles [audio]
Good Health, Good Life [audio]
Worry-Free Living [audio]
Enjoy Your Journey [audio]

NONFICTION TEACHINGS (regular hardcover)

Approval Addiction


Battlefield of the Mind   
The Confident Woman
Confident Mom [audio]
The Power of Simple Prayer   
The Love Revolution   
Never Give Up!   
Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes   
The Secret to True Happiness 
Look Great, Feel Great  
In Pursuit of Peace  
I Dare You
100 Ways to Simplify Your Life 
Seven Things That Steal Your Joy
How to Hear From God  
Knowing God Intimately  
Living Beyond Your Feelings
Do Yourself a Favor...Forgive
Power Thoughts
Change Your Words, Change Your Life
[audio 1 ] [audio 2]
Making Good Habits Break Bad Habits
The Approval Fix
You Can Begin Again
God's Greatest Gift
Closer to God Each Day
The Mind Connection
Me and My Big Mouth!
Living Courageously
The Power of Being Thankful
Get Your Hopes Up!
God is Not Mad at You [audio]
The Battle Belongs to the Lord
Seize the Day [audio]
20 Ways to Make Every Day Better [audio]
UnShakeable Trust [audio]


The Book

Hachette Audio
April 13, 2010
Audiobook / 5 CDs / Unabridged / Approx 5.5 hrs
1607881853 /978-1607881858
Nonfiction / Religious / inspirational / self improvement
NOTE: on the New York Bestseller list within one week

The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2010
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