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“Good, bad, ugly, or indifferent, our words are a direct reflection of the role we believe God plays in our lives.”

It doesn’t take long for things to spiral down into darkness. You spill your coffee; you are a few minutes late for work; you have to deal with a difficult customer; whatever it is, we have all experienced it. Something bad happens and everything falls apart. For some people, it’s just a bad day. For others, it’s a day in a bad week. And for those unfortunate few, it’s just the norm, and has been for years.

For Kristi Watts, it was many years of bad. Having been asked to step down from her position as co-host of The 700 Club television program, having her husband walk out on her, divorce, and then pass away is just the tip of the iceberg.

When there was no light or quick salvation in sight, Watts found herself asking ‘How do you bounce back when you’re heartsick and hope is depleted?” The question continued to run through her mind as things continued to spiral down. She became a statistic, a black single mother raising her black son.

But that wasn’t the end of the story. In fact, this is a part of the story that has helped reshape and transform who Kristi Watts.

Sharing the heartfelt stores and deep cut wounds, Kristi Watts tells about how happiness is not acquired but cultivated. Happiness is something that you work at, but not something you buy, and to work on it, you need to Talk Yourself Happy.

Through learning and disciplining our tongues and minds, we can start transforming our minds to speak and live in the truth that God has given to us, in the person of Jesus and the written word of Scripture. While it seems difficult and tedious, Kristi Watts shares how she worked through this powerful truth and show it change her world. Talk Yourself Happy isn’t self-help, it is a spiritual reformation.

“The purposeful act of aligning our words, our hearts, and our minds with God’s Word – both Jesus himself and the Scriptures – is the key to happiness.”

This is a book that demands that you read the tag line. Talk Yourself Happy might be misleading if you don’t read the tag line; “Transform our heart by speaking God’s promises.”

Kristi Watts’ book is not a self-help book. Nor is this a ‘name-it and claim-it’ book. This is a heartfelt, life experience testimony about how focusing on the Truth changes everything.

What Kristi goes through, what she shares in this book, is terrible, but is completely relatable. Even though my marriage isn’t falling apart or my career upended, I can relate to the desires and fears that she was talking about chapter after chapter. While there may be great differences in the lives that we lead, and who we are, the truth of Talk Yourself Happy transcends it all.

I found myself on many occasions while reading, stopping and reflecting on what promises and truths God had shared with me, and how I was completely ignoring them. There is no condemnation in Watts’ writing. She doesn’t browbeat anyone. What she does is share a broken woman’s story and let’s the Spirit do the convicting and transforming.

This is not a book to read once. The reality is that we need to told and retold, reminded and reminded again, that God’s Truth needs to be flowing into us, and then through us. Talk Yourself Happy deserves a second and third reading so that this truth will really take root. If you are the kind of person that loans out their books, make sure you mark it. You will want it back.

“Speaking God’s Word is like igniting a flame that transforms the darkness into light.”

While the title might seem very ‘self-help’, the truth is, Talk Yourself Happy is grounded in Scripture. The power of speaking God’s truth into and over your life has clearly change the life of Kristi Watts, and the same will be true for yours. I give Talk Yourself Happy a 4 out of 5 star rating.


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