What I’m reading: Defiant Joy by Stasi Eldredge

TAKING HOLD OF HOPE, BEAUTY, AND LIFE IN A HURTING WORLD.

 

Bestselling author Stasi Eldredge shows readers how to choose a joy that stands against the tides of life’s real and often overwhelming pain.

We are called to live. And, miraculously, to live with joy.

We all spend a lot of energy reaching for happiness, but we are never quite able to hang on to it. Real life happens, and our circumstances take us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. So the Bible’s call to “be joyful always” sounds almost crazy—and out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be.

Joy is meant to be ours, a joy that is defiant in the face of this broken world. This joy is not simply happiness on steroids; it’s the unyielding belief that sorrow and loss do not have the final say. It’s the stubborn determination to be present to whatever may come and to interpret both goodness and grief by the light of heaven.

In Defiant Joy, Stasi Eldredge invites us with courage, candor, and tender vulnerability to a place beyond sadness or happiness. She shows us how to maintain a posture of holy defiance that neither denies nor diminishes our pain but dares to live with expectant, unwavering hope.

We are called to live.

And, miraculously, to live with joy.

Those are words written with the intention of changing lives!

 

Why defiant joy? Why not… simply joy?
… In this world where we find ourselves living, having joy often feels both crazy and out of reach.”

Those words say it all. This world is not one where any of us can find joy without being defiant… without “standing against the tide, going against the flow…” without making the tough decision to grab hold of joy and refuse to let go.

This is a book that everyone needs in this hopeless, miserable world we exist in, this world where joy is quickly sought out and squashed by the enemy on a daily basis.

 

 

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Ode to Autumn

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All around us we are beginning to see signs of the marvelous changes coming our way.

Before we know it, the humidity will be replaced by a cool, crisp autumn feel of fall in the air. The leaves will change colors and float gracefully from their trees, covering the ground in a multi-colored quilt.

The leaves will change colors and float gracefully from their trees, covering the ground in a multi-colored quilt.

We’ll soon start seeing pumpkins everywhere. The trees & bushes are getting ready for a good long rest. The animals are storing up food and getting ready for hibernation.

The animals are storing up food and getting ready for hibernation.

We’ll pack away the swimsuits, pull the scarves and hats out and the kids will start complaining about having to wear their coats.

The pools will be tucked away, the outdoor furniture will get packed up and the portable heaters will start appearing on business-place patios.

And then you’ll see my ode to Winter.

I’m going to enjoy the approach of fall!

But for now, I’m going to enjoy the approach of fall!

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God Bless You!