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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

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

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  • Monica
  • 00100 Nairobi Kenya, Kenya
  • 06-10-05

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.



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  • Kelle
  • Neodesha, KS, USA
  • 02-08-09

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!!!





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  • Vicki
  • Dallas, GA, USA
  • 03-16-06

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!

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  • Gus Tucker
  • OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILLINOIS, US
  • 09-14-17

Life Changing Truths!

please read and apply the principles taught from Gods word by Joyce Meyer.....they are timeless and life changing.Great personal stories and illustrations!

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Wonderful book. Loved It

I needed to read this the Lord showed me a lot of truths. Great book

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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

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Narrator is Human or a GPS Voice?

What did you love best about Approval Addiction?

I know I would have liked this book but I cannot finish it.<br/><br/>I was thinking "I know this narrator" then I realized her tone and inflection sounds like the voice on a GPS. <br/><br/>What I mean is she has a nice easy pleasant voice, but little emotion and sounds like a voice for a GPS or on an answering machine. <br/><br/>Personally it is sad that Joyce does not narrate her own books. I have not head her narrate but I did read on the first two books people said she is mono-tone. Surprising but I will try one of her older books.

What did you like best about this story?

Hard to say, could not finish it, but I did not want to mark it down for that.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Lentz’s performances?

Nope, unless she is a voice on my GPS.

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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.

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  • Nancy
  • United States
  • 03-11-12

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.

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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!

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  • nomadvic
  • 04-20-17

Joyce Meyer's teaching is amazing

Truly transformational. My confidence is boosted, my relationships improved and my walk with God even closer.

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  • Michelle
  • 08-12-16

Poor choice of narrator but great content

I couldn't finish this book even though the content was good. I just could not listen to the narrator. She reads lacking emotion or personality which is the complete opposite of the author's dynamic funny lively personality so I just could not get into the book. Joyce writes from her heart and own experiences. The narrator reads it in the same bland monotonous voice a bit like an automated voice so gave up but will definitely be buying a printed copy to read.

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  • ropa
  • 03-24-15

Fantastisches Buch!

Hat mir sehr geholfen bezuglich Selbstbewusstsein und tiefe, persönliche Probleme.

Ich werde dieses Buch allen empfehlen, besonders denn ich wusste nicht warum ich mich häufig traurig und unzufrieden fühlte aber jetzt ist alles viel klärer

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  • Kamran
  • 12-07-11

Might help you if you are very religious

If you think all is from a god and Jesus was his son and we are all his children etc, then you might find this book helpful. However, if you are looking for a good cognitive self help book, then AVOID IT.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-17

Another awesome book

Written by God though Joyce Meyer. Puts your mind at ease. We all have a battlefield in our minds and Joyce gives practical tips on how to live today through the real word of God the bible.