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CHOOSE JOY Because Happiness Isn’t Enough

Kay Warren

Revell/2012/Hardcover

256 pages

Choose Joy Text Book

Publisher’s Description

Ever wonder why some people seem to experience joy in their daily lives–even in the tough times–and others can’t seem to find it no matter how hard they search? Is a joy-filled life really possible?The answer is yes! And it’s possible for every woman, no matter what her circumstances may be. In this inspiring book, Kay Warren teaches women what joy really is, where to find it, and how to choose it in the good times and the bad. With compassion and wisdom, she shows readers–even those who live with the constant companions of discouragement and depression–that true joy is deeper, richer, and more accessible than they might think. Perfect for small groups or individual reading, Choose Joy will empower women who feel like their emotions and well-being are at the mercy of others by helping them understand the life-giving truth that joy is within their grasp–every day.
I highly recommend this book. Although written for women, it is extremely valuable for men and women alike showing us how joy is a choice and how to put it into practice in our lives despite any circumstances.
Kay writes in a personal style that keeps the reader’s attention on true biblical joy. Each chapter opens with a scripture and a quote and ends with questions for reflection. While scripture is referenced throughout, Chapter 3   “Rediscovering  Jesus, the Man of Joy”, looks at Jesus’ example of joy by His attitudes, words and actions.
There are so many great points throughout the book. Some that stood out most to me are:
(1) Learning that joy is a choice and Kay’s definition of joy. “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in all things.”
(2) Her concept that life isn’t like “waves” or “hills and valleys” but like a set of parallel train tracks.
(3) Philip Bernstein’s quote in Chapter 11, “We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.”
This book is a definite read again book. I recommend it for everyone and would highly recommend it for those currently dealing with a difficult circumstance and or depression.
This book was sent to me by a friend. I enjoyed it, learned so much, and hope that you will read it, too!
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