You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It's Never Too Late
Author and speaker Joyce Meyer is known for her bold words of truth and candid challenges to keep trusting God for great things, no matter what obstacles a person faces. In her recent book, YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN: No Matter What, It’s Never Too Late, Meyer once again proves she is the voice of hope, help and accountability for women today. She never minces words, nor does she allow for flimsy excuses, which is one reason why readers and listeners resonate so well with her.
Throughout this text, Meyer will remind and keep reminding readers that life is always in motion, always changing, always altering, always moving forward. This truth alone is a very good thing. She challenges her faithful fan base to remember that no matter how dismal today’s circumstances are, God stands at the ready to offer the necessary help not only to overcome today’s sorrows and defeats, but also to enable Christ followers to make better choices tomorrow for a brighter, healthier future.
"Meyer once again proves she is the voice of hope, help and accountability for women today. She never minces words, nor does she allow for flimsy excuses..."
Readers trust Meyer’s words for two reasons. She is utterly transparent with her own failures, fears and losses, never sugarcoating the poor decisions she has made in the past, and she consistently bases her sage words of counsel directly upon the Word of God and refers folks back to it to see for themselves. In an attitude of “don’t take my word for it,” Meyer knows that any success she has gained in this world has been because she took God at His Word and followed through in obedience.
In this three-part text, readers will delve into change for themselves by focusing on new beginnings (help! I’m stuck; why today is different; getting past your past; it’s never too late; all you need is a moment), what’s stopping you (did you pay for that?; who do you think you are?; finding the you in bea-you-tiful; defeating unexpected giants; on your mark…get set…go!) and today is your day (little things make a big difference; quitting isn’t an option; don’t waste your mistakes; when all things become new; plan b: b stands for better; a new dream; the greatest story ever told.)
Meyer opens each chapter with poignant, sometimes comical stories of real-life people who have been mired in messes for seemingly endless ages. With these types of scenarios from which to jumpstart, Meyer then dissects each story piece by piece to aid readers in visualizing what the character did wrong (or right) as she teaches them what to draw from for their own lives. She is always practical in her instruction, and this text is no exception. Readers will be encouraged, challenged, then instructed on how to create a life that honors God and fulfills the purpose for which they were created. Her voice is strong and steady during a time when many leaders are waffling with truth for fear of losing their audience. Meyer has no such fear, and her readers are the better for it.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on June 20, 2014