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The Power of Being Thankful
365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude
Joyce Meyer

Hachette Audio
10/7/2014/ ISBN 9781478982937
Inspirational / Christian / Devotional / Audiobook – CD – Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

Joyce Meyer’s newest devotional The Power of Being Thankful was published just before Thanksgiving 2014. As in her past Inspirational devotionals, The Power of Being Thankful is a yearly devotional. In listening to the audio version and reading the hardcover edition for the past few months, I have discovered how I view everyday life. It’s been interesting to say the least. When situations are difficult we tend to voice our feelings (I’m so scared that... I feel it will… I can’t believe you did that…). Meyer’s January 1 devotional addresses this and includes a challenge. Meyer recommends we examine our life, pay attention to our thoughts and words and see how much thanksgiving we actually give. Her challenge is to get through an entire day without uttering one word of complaint. Negative can be as simple as “Blasted weather” to “She’s so manipulative.” It’s an interesting challenge. Meyers goes on to remind us in the rest of book how important being positive is to our spiritual well-being, and being the exceptional teacher she is, Meyers motivates us with plenty of how-to and follows it up with scripture.

The Power of Being Thankful doesn’t replace bible study but each devotional is a spirit-lifting mini lesson. I can read a devotional and carry it with me all day. Anyone can pick up this devotional and be a better person by the end of the year, I guarantee.

I enjoy listening to Joyce Meyer’s books when I’m walking, driving, or working around the house. Her insight to God’s word fills me with hope and her personal stories sometimes has me laughing and often turning to my husband and saying, “see it’s not just me!” Joyce Meyer makes me feel okay about myself. Her common sense guidance is truly unique in that she has lived it. How I wish I had this guidance as a young person.

I have purchased some of Meyer’s older devotionals online and enjoyed them as well. In comparing them to The Power of Being Thankful, I have found them all to be effective self-help tools full of positive reinforcement, but The Power of Being Thankful is a one of a kind inspirational guidance on how to be thankful (out loud), and that’s something we all need. Christian or not.

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 2015