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The Approval Fix
How to Break Free from People Pleasing
By Joyce Meyer
Read by Jodi Carlisle

Hachette Audio
6/3/2014/ ISBN 9781478953487
Nonfiction / Self Help / Inspirational / Christian / Audiobook – Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

If you can’t say ‘No’ or thrive on the approval of others, no matter the consequences, Joyce Meyer wants to help you break the habit.

I’m not a people pleaser but I know two people who are and don’t even know it. I know what it’s like to see them respond to the approval given as soon as the words spoken are: “okay” or “sure, I’ll do it” -- no matter the personal sacrifice. I’m reviewing this book because I want to understand them better.

The Approval Fix is small book and the audio version is only 3 hrs and 23 mins, but don’t let that fool you, Meyer packs a lot into it. She sets it up in five parts:

1. Accepting Who You Are
2. Breaking Approval Addiction
3. Putting an End to People Pleasing
4. Finding Freedom from Comparison, Rejection, and Control
5. Moving into a Great Future

Meyer first reminds us of God’s love and our value. She wants Christians to accept themselves and stop seeking acceptance through good deeds. With God’s Word and stories from her own life, she explains boundaries and tells us how to handle disapproval. She wants us to understand that God leads us into the right relationships, and those that are not meant for us will fall by the wayside. She even helps us to recognize and deal with controlling personalities that take advantage of a People Pleaser.

Jodi Carlisle narrates the audio version. She has narrated other titles by Meyer as well. Between Joyce’s spiritual advice and Jodi’s reassuring voice, you can’t help but come away a believer. In listening to it, I realized The Approval Fix has a message for everyone, not just people pleasers. It’s another great addition to your Joyce Meyer library.

Reviews of other titles by this author

The Penny (a novel) [audio]
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]


Reviewed 2014