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“Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you've been through, it's never too late to begin again.” So writes Joyce Meyer in her latest book, You Can Begin Again, to help you become a better person through God. This book covers three main areas: 1. New beginnings 2. What's stopping you. 3. Today is a new day. Meyer then begins with a story about a musician who learned to play the piano and faltered when he went into a competition. His teacher then said to just start over. She moves on to discuss ways to make today different from yesterday, including attitude, faith, and the realization that your history is not your destiny. She reinforces the idea that it's never to late to begin again. Stories from the Bible discuss those who failed or had several faults stacked against them, and their eventual successes. David, Moses, Peter, Sarah. Beyond, she tells of the accomplishments of well known and not so well known people – Olympic medalist Carrie Strugg, Harlan Sanders, and an Asian woman who passed her driving test...after 949 failures. She discusses how to overcome insecurities, defeating the lies of the enemy, and how to learn from mistakes.
There is a plethora of Biblical references, enough that you're overwhelmed if you want to research them all. But that's okay, I don't think she meant for you to take it all in at once. Meyer talks about taking little steps and never giving up. One of the topics she touches upon, and I've seen this in her seminars a lot, is the emphasis on stop pleasing others by being/doing what they want you to be or do. And always, she directs the conversation back to serving God. Leaning on God. Learning from God. Relying on God. You Can Begin Again is a spiritual book full of hope, optimism, faith, and joy. She doesn't say the road will be easy, but it can be wonderful.