• Approval Addiction

  • Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone
  • By: Joyce Meyer
  • Narrated by: Pat Lentz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (333 ratings)

Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Approval Addiction  By  cover art

Approval Addiction

By: Joyce Meyer
Narrated by: Pat Lentz
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $11.68

Buy for $11.68

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

So many people today have an unhealthy need for affirmation and are unable to feel good about themselves without it. These "approval addicts" spend their time in a constant struggle with low self-esteem and emotional turmoil, which leads to major problems in their relationships with others.

In her latest book, Joyce Meyer provides a path to release from the overwhelming need for acceptance from the outside world, an acceptance that is unfulfilling and leads only to disappointment. Through an analysis of what makes an "approval addict" and the ways to find release from specific character traits that foster addiction, Joyce provides a supportive voice and a personal understanding of the effect of insecurity in one's life. Her abiding message is that God provides all the affirmation anyone needs and through Him they can attain freedom. Begin the journey toward self-understanding and learn to:

  • Accept who you are. All of us struggle with our sense of worthiness. Joyce's goal is to help us understand that we are all whole in God, regardless of our flaws.
  • Address your approval addictions. Understanding the specific character traits that foster addiction, and how our past is often a factor in our behavior, is a major step in overcoming our insecurities.
  • Break the pattern for the future. Only by taking conscious steps toward accepting ourselves and examining our motives, and by depending on the God who loves us regardless, can we finally begin to break the chains of insecurity and move toward a life free from emotional pain.
  • God tells us over and over in the Bible that we are loved and we are worthy. Begin now to overcome your approval addiction by taking an honest look at who you are and how you feel about yourself.
©2005 Joyce Meyer, Inc. (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic reviews

"Meyer knows what she's talking about." (Publishers Weekly)

Featured Article: The Best Spiritual Audiobooks for Finding Fulfillment


In our everyday lives, we are obliged to continually juggle a long list of priorities: advancing our career, taking care of our family, keeping in touch with friends, staying active in our community, and tending to our physical health. With such a litany of concerns, it can be difficult to find time to work on our spiritual lives. Since there's no perfect time, why not simply take a breath and begin to focus on nurturing your soul and spirit?

What listeners say about Approval Addiction

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    233
  • 4 Stars
    46
  • 3 Stars
    21
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    23
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    159
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    16
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    12
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    173
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    12

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Great Christian Self Esteem book

I have been listening to the approval addiction audio.I think it is the only self esteem book one should read as a christian.There are many useful truths.Truths like:Approval addiction is bondage.ask God to free you from that prison.Being addicted to approval is a miserable way to live. You cannot please everyone. Please the one who loves you unconditionally. God loves you.He sent his son to die for you. Even while you were still imperfect. He loves you. The way a mother loves her child unconditionally. God loves you even more. He is the most important one that you shd seek approval from. He made you to commune with him. He loves you totally.Jesus came to heal us. Take to him your emotional hurt and pain.Ask God to heal your emotional wounds.God wants us to be ourselves. To be what he created us to be. He is not surprised by how we are. he wants us to be comfortable being ourselves. We are all uniquely made. we should love ourselves. It is a commandment.This audio has improved my self esteem greatly.It has helped me to focus on what is most important in my life.It has improved my spiritual life.Joyce has been very candid about her life and I appreciate her honesty.No one is perfect.
I would highly recommend this book to any christian who suffers from low self esteem and is not enjoying life to its fullest.Gods truths remain unchanged.Just believe in him and you shall be set free.I will definetely buy the book as a reference guide whenever I need a boost of confidence in who I am.



Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

29 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Approval Addicion by Joyce Meyers

This was one of the best books I have ever listened to!!! If you struggle with this issue, it is definitely something you want to get. I will listen to this audiobook over and over!!!





Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent book.

I just finished this audible book and I think I am going to listen to it all over again right away. It was awesome. The narrator is very good, speaks very clearly and has a "calming", yet "take charge" voice. This was the first thing I have "read" by Joyce Meyer and I think she is great! I hold a position at church and deal with many personalities - so this book will help me not to worry nearly so much about others' approval as I do about God's. It has ALREADY helped me change my attitude about the way I look at myself, my self-confidence in what I feel God leads me to do no matter what others do, say or think. I highly recommend this book to every person. God bless Joyce Meyer for the work she is doing to help all of us!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

This is a master's course in acceptance

Great narrotor
you will walk in freedom from other people's judgment and this will happen after your 1st listen

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of my Favorites

This has been one of my favorite Joyce Meyer books because I was an approval addict and have come a long way with the help of 12 step programs, listening and watching Joyce Meyer (A Lot and now this audio book) and of course most of all God. I liked the narrator, easy to listen to which is important.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Recovering Addict

I'm thankful to God for this message, this book, and this author. Hearing it was a totally different experience from reading it. It struck home in a totally different way; it was a nice change!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

very helpful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, gave me confidants to say no and not feel discoraged if people don't approve. remined me not to be a people pleaser. Be a God pleaser!!

What did you learn from Approval Addiction that you would use in your daily life?

It's ok to say no, and not feel guilty. also not to let your approval addiction rule you making you do things you really don't want to . because you need people to like you. because you will never please everyone all the time...and They will just have to deal with it,it's their problem if they don't like it...not yours.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it!

Joyce is always so right on. I only wish she was the voice reading. It was a quick read and I learned a lot

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing topic and revelations!

Thank you 😊 sooo much I will always come back to it to keep up , I realized I had this problem when I read the title of this book! Thank you Joyce
And who recorded it, It was helpful God bless you ❤️

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book

This book has
1. Defined Approval Addiction
2. Gave examples of Approval Addiction
3. Explained how to overcome Approval Addiction through God’s Word and application of His Holy Word.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!