Joy Joy Joy and more Joy
We have just celebrated a season that is known for its joy, and I’m willing to bet (if I was a betting girl), that many of us have determined to greet 2015 with smiles and laughter and dare I say, JOY. For many, the idea of Joy means an easier life, one that blesses us in the manner that we think we should be blessed, not the joy that C.S. Lewis called “serious business” (page 6).
When I settled down to read Margaret Feinberg’s book Fight Back With Joy, I was prepared to read a book all about New Year’s resolutions. I thought she would tell all of us how to be better women, wives, mothers, aunts. employees and Christians. Boy, was I wrong! As I read, I thought that Margaret began her joy journey as many of us tend to choose our New Years resolutions, a little selfishly and a little altruistically. In other words, with mixed motives. It didn’t take long before I saw Margaret’s world turned upside down in her journey for joy. She says:
I learned that you need much more than an experiment to unleash the power of joy. You need chutzpah, you need backbone, you need intentionality – and sometimes you need a crisis.
Margaret met her crisis with a determination to bring joy to the battle. From quirky jokes (hidden in unique places) to gifts for those who suffered along with her she made a choice to think of others and even celebrate during her trials. She even brought joy (or rather a test for joy), when choosing her medical team that would journey with her through the crisis. They say that laughter is the best medicine, well, Margaret proved that laughter whose source is joy, is the best medicine. The joy that Margaret found and shares with the reader is the joy of being loved by God, and she demonstrates and proves this with scriptural evidence from Jesus, Nehemiah, Daniel, a bleeding woman and a grieving father. This book is no “Christian self-help” book, but one that points to Christ and Christ alone.
This book is one that I will share with friends, family and all of those struggling with crisis of any kind, not just health. The extra sections at the end are vital for those who want to reach out to their hurting friends and family. Thank you Margaret for being vulnerable for your readers and for allowing us to journey with you. Thank you for wading through the hype of “Christian Living” to the truths of Christ following.
A self-described “hot mess,” Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. She was recently named one of the 50 women most shaping the church and culture by Christianity Today and one of the “30 Voices” who will help lead the church in the next decade. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, and Wonderstruck, as well as their corresponding Bible studies have sold nearly a million copies and have received extensive national media coverage from CNN, Washington Post, and USA Today. She lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.