The second thing that drew me to this book was the title: “Choose Joy because Happiness Isn’t Enough.” How TRUE is that statement? It seems to me the world continually looks for instant happiness, but Christians should be consumed with an insatiable desire for joy. The author defines joy as, “deeper than happiness, lasts longer than excitement, and is more satisfying than pleasure and thrills. Joy is richer. Fuller. And it’s far more accessible than you’ve thought.” She goes on to say, “Joy comes from God…and it can be yours! Today.”
When I opened this beautiful book, the first thing I noticed was the first page of each chapter. Each chapter page states the title of the chapter, a relevant Scripture reference, and a photo of a peaceful field. I love God’s creation and marvel at peaceful fields, tranquil waters, and glorious mountain tops! The next page shares a quote that applies to the chapter. I LOVE to read Scriptures and quotes. I read both every single day.
Of the numerous things I loved in this book, I will focus my review on two of them:
The first was how many times the New International Version of the Bible references joy, merriment, happiness, laughing and rejoicing - 545 times. Compared to the number of mentions of sorrow, pain, tears and suffering – only 158 times. The Bible is a BOOK OF JOY!
Second, this reminder: “A fundamental part of expressing trust in God is learning how to gaze at Him and only glance at our problems.” AMEN! Doesn’t that say it all? FOCUS ON HIM!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will keep it on my desk at work. I want to open/reread/ponder/remind myself of His love and His joy! This book is awesome!
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This fabulous book is available April 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Pick up a copy today!