Former cohost of The 700 Club Kristi Watts reveals the pitfalls that keep Christians from true joy and demonstrates the transformational power of speaking the words and promises of God.
How does a person bounce back after being beaten down personally, professionally, and emotionally? What impact do words, thoughts, and beliefs have in determining one’s level of happiness? Kristi Watts asked herself these questions after her marriage dissolved and she left a high-profile position as a cohost of The 700 Club. Initially excited to walk into a new season of life that she thought held the key to happiness, she soon stumbled into emotional pitfalls that left her discouraged, disappointed, and distant from God. Known as the upbeat host who was always filled with joy and laughter, she was anything but—yet she was determined to get her happy back! But how? By learning, as Kristi did, that true happiness is not simply acquired but rather cultivated.
When one’s words focus on faulty perspectives, faith is quickly derailed, but by remembering God’s blessings and verbally claiming His promises, hearts change. Using biblical principles, Talk Yourself Happy illustrates the importance of relying on God to tame our tongues and train our minds, and it exposes the hidden traps that keep Christians from living lives of happiness, empowering readers with the ultimate transformation of their hearts.
|About the Contributor(s)||Kristi Watts
Kristi Watts is best known for her role as a former co-host on the award-winning television program The 700 Club and for her in-depth interviews of authors, celebrities, and public figures such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and movie mogul Tyler Perry. She recently launched Kristi Watts Ministries to provide Bible study tools, video blogs, and speaking engagements. Today, Kristi lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her son.
|Publish Date||Jan 3, 2017|
- Review by Jennifer
The former 700 Club host shares how she learned to talk herself happy through one of the darkest seasons in her life. She gives personal details on her struggles to let go and giving God control. Through her journey she discovers the power in speaking God’s word and stretching her faith.
Through her story I’ve come to realize the power in our words and how they reflect our faith in God. It challenged me to look up the scriptures that she mentions throughout as well as store them in my heart. She stated that it’s important to have God’s playing in heart so that we won’t be swayed by what we see.
Since finishing Talk Yourself Happy I’ve found myself practicing many of the principles Watt’s teaches in her book. For instance the chapter about not allowing our emotions dictate our trust in God and diminish our faith. As she discussed the times her emotions got the best of her I could relate to this happening to me.
It felt like someone understood the tug to go back to what feels comfortable when facing the unknown. I liked how she explained this internal battle over trust lies within the words we use. We can either check our feelings with the word of God or speak life into our doubts till that’s all we see. Watts says, “… it’s in the process of the wait that we find the building blocks to our faith.”
She points out that we have to be aware of his mission is to steal, kill, and destroy. So we have to combat his lies with the truth and consider God’s promises to us already done. By speaking God’s word over our lives we find our happiness not in things but in the presence of God.
I admire how Watts took the dark season in her life and spent her time pursuing the Lord. By spending time in the presence of the Father she shows the importance of relying on him. Even though her life seemed to be in pieces, He filled those voids and her heart with his love.
Overall this book was a great and powerful read that I have been recommending to all my friends.
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- Review by Becky
Kristi seemed to have everything going for her in life: a rewarding job in Christian television, a wonderful son, a strong faith. Then seemingly overnight, everything changed. Her job on the 700 Club was gone, and with it her income along with a large part of her identity.
Shortly before Kristi’s life turned upside down, Dr. Myles Munroe had given her a prophesy about her future. While he was a guest on the 700 Club, he told Kristi God had sent him there to talk to her! He had a lot to tell her, but one of the points he made was that changes were going to happen suddenly in her life, and Kristi should just say “yes, I’ll do that.” He also told her, “…and don’t worry about how, God is going to do everything.”
At first, when things fell apart, it wasn’t too hard to keep the faith, to be confident that something new was going to come along, any second things would get better. But as the weeks turned into months, and then into years, keeping a smile on Kristi’s face, let alone not losing her faith, became very difficult. Despite blanketing ever possible place with her resume, she couldn’t get a job. It was not a happy time, far from it.
Kristi began to have lots of doubts and discouragements with God. With no job or money coming in, she and her son were in a bad predicament. Years earlier, when her son was just a new-born, her husband had abandoned them, cleaning out their bank account before he left. While married, he constantly put her down, and condemned her dreams. Self-doubt began hammering away at Kristi. Maybe all those poisonous things her former husband said were true she wondered, perhaps she couldn’t do anything right.
It was during one of those low spots, while talking with her mom, that Kristi discovered that the words that came out of her mouth could really make her happy, or sad—despite the circumstances she was in. Her discovery verified Proverbs 18:21:
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
She found how important it was to think before saying something negative about a situation. In other words, don’t curse yourself with your tongue! Kristi suggests saying positive things about your life, even if it currently doesn’t have anything good in it. She recommends following the advice found in Luke 6:45:
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”
By following that suggestion, her life changed for the better, and yours will too. Kristi’s book takes us on her journey of applying that knowledge, along with faith, to many really hard things that happened in her life. From her ex-husband’s reappearance with a “surprise,” to coping with cutting remarks from friends, Kristi tries to guard her mouth while living through the fall-out.
Talk Yourself Happy is easy to read. Kristi writes as if the reader were her best friend, and she is very real, telling her true thoughts and feelings. She even includes her failures. Most of all, she points to God and scripture as the answer for all situations no matter how tough they may be—along with a way to be happy through it all. I recommend this five star book to anyone needing some happiness in their life, especially if they are facing difficult circumstances.
Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Talk Yourself Happy for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
(Posted on 3/1/2017)