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10 March 2010

Book Review: Eat the Cookie...Buy the Shoes

Title: Eat the Cookie...Buy the Shoes: Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up
Author: Joyce Meyer
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication Date: April 14, 2010
Hardcover: 208 pages
ISBN: 9780446538640
Genre: Religion/Inspirational


About the Book

Engrained in our culture is the belief that unbending discipline is the only sure way to success. You must go to the gym five times a week, never order the dessert, and don't even think about buying that dress you keep staring at in the store window. Breaking from such a regimented lifestyle is a sign of weakness, right? Wrong!-and Joyce wants to tell us why...

Though setting rules in our lives are important, it's just as important that we break them from time-to-time. Structure is a powerful tool, but when diverging from your own goals is seen as catastrophic, it can have a hugely negative effect on us. Balance is a core value in life and every once in awhile we deserve to indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. So don't feel bad about straying from your goals every once-in-awhile and in fact, embrace it: eat the cookie and buy the shoes!

My Review:

While the premise of the book, Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes is an excellent one and a message I believe many should hear, I wonder how many readers may be put off by the preaching in this novel with the fun, whimsical title, I hope not many. Meyer's message is one that should be read, yet often I found myself feeling overwhelmed by what seemed to me to be too heavy a hand on the religious end. Yes, I realize Joyce Meyer is rather popular and has her own ministry, however, with the title of the book and the message that we need to give ourselves a break now and again, that it is okay to splurge, to not be perfect, to eat the dessert, to indulge now and again, I felt those lessons were overshadowed and at times lost in the preaching. I personally would have preferred to read a more light-hearted novel, however, I realise as well that this is exactly what many want to read about and I appreciate that. While this book was not what I thought it would be and was not for me, I still believe Meyer's messages to women are very valid and hope many of her faithful following and those new to her ministry will give Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes a try.

About the Author:

Joyce Meyer has been in full-time ministry since 1980. She is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy inspirational books. She has also released thousands of audio teachings as well as a complete video library. Joyce's Enjoying Everyday Life television and radio programs are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences in the US and abroad.

Joyce and her husband, Dave, are the parents of four grown children and make their home in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit her website at

I received a complimentary copy of Eat the Cookie...Buy the Shoes by Joyce Meyer from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.


1 comment:

Christina T said...

I have one of Joyce Meyer's books but I haven't finished it. I do enjoy watching her program sometimes. This one does not sound like one I need to read though.