Saturday, June 16, 2012

Choose Joy because happiness isn't enough by Kay Warren

Choose Joy because happiness isn't enough, is a very good book designed to show the Christian how to practically find joy when there is so much strife in the world we live in. The author defines joy as, "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 all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things." Using this as the basis of her book, the author shows the reader (through Biblical scriptural truths) that the Christian can choose to have joy amidst pain and suffering. I enjoyed how the author painted a picture of our lives akin to railroad tracks, with suffering and happiness running parallel to each other throughout our life experiences. This book brings to light that Jesus was full of joy, even though most Christians do not focus on this topic. The author also shows the reader that it is important to take care of yourself, which may seem selfish, but is in fact necessary to have joy. I have used quotes from this book in the last few weeks to encourage others, and especially Kay's definition of joy, and it has been well received. The book itself is not a page-turner, but it is good for ministry and may be helpful for those struggling with depression. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 :"GuidesConcerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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