About a week ago, I was discussing the Joyce Meyer book, Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes. I was going on and on about how great it was. I had the latest Beth Moore book, So Long Insecurity in my reading queue. Then we went on to have the conversation about why I was a bit partial to Joyce Meyer. I identify with her-she is really blunt and to the point like me. She is also not so frilly that I couldn't hang out with her. While Beth Moore is also blunt and to the point, she is a very frilly type girl. I imagine her as a cheerleader and rather fru-fru. Too pretty for me to enjoy being around without being really self-conscious. I love the way God speaks through her to me, but I just can't see us hanging out.
So now, here I am, approximately one week later. I am on the very last chapter of So Long Insecurity which has been like a healing balm on my chapped soul. AND, one of the main things addressed throughout the book is how women pre-judge each other. How we make up our minds about people we haven't even met just by their appearances-most of the time in a very unfair, mean way.
I am now happy to report that I have decided I love Joyce and Beth equally-AND, not that it will ever happen, but I'm pretty sure I would love hanging out with either one of them. I am thankful God placed these women in the ministry He gave them because they have both impacted my life, my thoughts and most of all-my perceptions. I am also thankful that they have the same kind of broken places that I do so that I can truly hear their message without any thought of, "Well, if they had gone through what I have gone through..."
Both of these books should be read!! The Joyce Meyer book is all about not being too hard on yourself. The Beth Moore book adds to that and also adds, don't be too hard on other women either with a side of give men a break as well! I love books that give me conviction in a positive way-a way that teaches me how to be a better person.
Now, if I could just manage to get through that Lisa Whelchel book, now there is a girl I cannot relate to...(WINK).