eat the Cookies… buy the Shoes by Joyce Meyer

Discipline discipline discipline.  Structure is a way of life.  Make sure you hit the gym 5 times a week.  Do not splurge on yourself.  Never give in to desert and never ever fall for the gorgeous pair of shoes in the window.

In Joyce’s new book, eat the Cookies… buy the Shoes Joyce explains how we were not built for guilt.  Using biblical stories Joyce Meyer reminds us how God likes to celebrate, and while we shouldnt give in to our every whim… we certainly can celebrate and enjoy “cookies” that come our way.

Ok…. confession time.  I would like to think that what this book is telling me is go ahead Sheila…. eat ALL the cookies you want!

Or…. moderation…. shmoderation!   Get the shoes….. get all the shoes!

Ok, I am just being funny.  I really did enjoy this read because I came from that world that Joyce Meyer’s describes.  There was a time when I thought that I had to always be on my game… that I was never to falter and had to remain structured and disciplined at all times. What I found interesting is that is where Joyce once was as well, and like her – our worlds were bland.

Joyce in a light humorous manner explains in this book why it is ok to enjoy life and what is has to offer.  Moderation of course is the word, and making good choices, but God does want us to have fun…. and the sooner I learned that the better my life became all the way around.

If you woke up this morning with more body parts that don’t hurt than those that do, you are blessed.

If you have food, clothes, and a place to live, you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, or spare change at home, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthiest people.

If you have never experienced the dangers of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of the five million people in the world.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than two billion people in the world who can not read.

eat the Cookie… buy the Shoes page 100-101

I also had the opportunity from Hachette to review the audio version of this book.  The audio is read by Sandra McCollum, who is Joyce Meyer’s daughter.  While the audio is handy to listen to while driving, and I really like that…. I almost hate to say this,but the reading was not what I had hoped for.  Sandra’s voice felt to me like she was reading to a child and gave me the impression she was always talking down to the listener.  I am hopeful that is just my opinion.  I was unable to finish the audio for that reason.

Overall – the message in the book/audio is an easy one to follow with gentle reminders of how we can live out our lives fully as God had planned being able to be who we are He created us.  I found it enjoyable and refreshing.

I received both the book and audio from Hachette Books

About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on August 29, 2010, in audio review, Book Review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Ms. Meyer’s television show used to come on after one of the morning news shows that I watched when I was a stay at home mom. I never really sat down and watched it but often found myself stopping often to listen to her. She does a wonderful job of speaking with humor while teaching lessons about the way God wants us to live. Sounds like this book fits right into that.

    • Lisa it was pretty good, light and probably basic, but having once struggled to understand that I can see where the book can be important and I can always use the reminder. 🙂

  2. This book does sound like a reminder that, while seeking moderation, we shouldn’t forget to smell the flowers (or eat the cookies!).

    I like that message. I try to live that way.

    • Laurel I have to admit I have not been a real big Joyce Meyers fan in the past so I entered this read pretty cautiously and was glad I did read it.

      The book is down to earth and real – and boy am I a fan of real. 😀

  3. Sounds good. Now where are the cookies? 🙂

  4. Thanks to one of your contests, I was the lucky recipient of the audio Eat the Cookies. I am still listening to it in my car, as I have a short commute to work. I have many of her semons on CD and find that listening to them on my way to work gets my mind into the right direction for the day. She often has a good message with some humor thrown into the mix. With that being said, I tend to agree with you about the readers voice. I didn’t know it was her daughter, but I was very disappointed that it wasn’t Joyce doing the reading. The message of the book is still good, however I would have rather heard it from Joyce.

    • Thanks Jill – I am so glad it wasnt just me (but in a way was hoping it was).

      It just feels like she is reading a childrens book, her emphasis on words like we are just getting it for the first time…. other than than its a very good book and I would hope that the message behind the voice isn’t lost.

      I am glad you are enjoying it.

  5. For a long time I felt guilty if I was having a good time or not getting enough done. I got over it. I’m afraid I may have overcompensated a bit. We go to festivals and treat ourselves to concerts. We enjoy them, we are helping the economy, we aren’t hurting anyone, so why not. We have a few trips and festivals lined up for the next two months. The real thing I’ll feel guilty about is not getting enough work done.
    Fall is our time to enjoy ourselves. We don’t like hot weather and it just isn’t fun doing what we like in it. Since we are gardeners, summer is a busy time.

    As far as the book i s concerned, many inspirationals do tend to get preachy.
    In written form it may be a bit subtle. However, if it is being read, it is too easy for that “tone of voice” to creep in to make sure you get the point.

  6. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I was never interested in this book at all.

  7. Love the girl with the cookies! That’s me…lol! And she’s eating my favorite too. 🙂

    What’s your FB link? Here’s my link:

    I’m looking on your sidebars…am I missing it?

  8. I love the idea of not feeling guilty about buying shoes and cookies. The narrator of an audiobook often has a huge impact on what I think of the book. I have put down an audiobook and picked up the book if it’s too badly read at times though.

  9. Lord knows I don’t need any encouragement to enjoy the “finer” things in life. I need to focus on moderation!!

  10. Thank you for the heads-up on the audiobook version of this book, ironically I picked it up at the library last week but haven’t gotten an opportunity to start it yet since I am about 2 disks away from finishing my current selection. I think that I will return it and see if I can get my hands on a hard copy. Perhaps it may just land on the ever growing TBR list. I really enjoy Joyce Meyer, she is one of those no nonsense, tell it like it is, just the way you need to hear it type ladies.

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