My “Word of the Year” for 2019 was Joy. Finding Joy in the Lord. Finding Joy in the little things. Not getting bogged down by life. I made a youtube playlist, found Bible verses, and made a plan. But, well, life gets going and sometimes you just hang on. I was not good at following through.
But I have learned some things in the course of the year, and I’m happy to say, I do have more consistent joy now than I did at the beginning of the year. Understanding how God’s Grace and favor work has been life-changing!
I was very excited about the opportunity to review Finding Joy through Celebrate Lit’s latest Christian book publicity tour. There was a lot in the book description that I could relate to. I felt it would make an excellent last book to review for 2019.
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About the Book: Finding Joy
Book: Finding Joy
Author: J.C. Lafler
Genre: Christian Fiction, Generational Fiction
Release Date: November, 2019
“No matter what complications life throws your way, search until you find something to be joyful for.”
Elisabeth Davis has lived by these words for most of her eighty years. Through good times and bad, this mindset has served her well, and she hopes and prays that her grandchildren will carry this sentiment forward when she is gone.
But Max has heard his grandmother say this so many times, he is almost oblivious. And while he understands her point, putting it into action is not always easy.
When his girlfriend demands he make a choice between her and his best friend—in the same week his grandmother has a stroke!—Max struggles to find joy anywhere. He is forced to reexamine his life, his relationships, and even his faith in this heartwarming story of coming of age and leaving a lasting legacy.
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About the Author
J.C. Lafler has always enjoyed writing and dreamed of being published, but it wasn’t until she retired in 2015 that she realized her dream. J. C. and her husband, David, live in Battle Creek, Michigan—except in winter, when they escape to sunny Texas. Along with writing, she enjoys public speaking, reading, puzzles, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Finding Joy is J. C.’s fifth novel to date. Her other books, also released through Redemption Press, include Lost and Found, Amazing Grace, Hope Everlasting, and Leap of Faith.
My Review: Finding Joy in a Good Book
Okay. Finding Joy is both fun and challenging. I liked the male main character. He was real, honest, and adorably clueless about certain things. But what really won me over was his relationship with his Grandmother.
Together they had been through so much. Grandma Elizabeth had learned the key, finding joy in Jesus, and finding joy in the little things that happen. She was able to keep herself focused on the main thing through some major heartbreak.
Watching Max grow in character and faith, and seeing him make deliberate choices, finding joy in the Lord each day, made me smile, and challenged me to do the same.
This book is inspiring, and filled with hope in the midst of trials. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light read, willing to accept a personal challenge, and not afraid of a few tears!
How to Find Your Joy
Wondering how to find your joy? Here are a few things to keep in mind on the journey to Joy.
What Joy is Not
Let’s clarify. Because knowing what joy is not, will help with recognizing the real deal. Joy is NOT happiness or gladness. It doesn’t mean you’re necessarily ‘enjoying’ what is happening.
Joy is much deeper than that. Here are some expert answers to ‘How do you define joy as a Christian?” and I believe they’ve nailed it!
Finding Joy in The Lord
Finding Joy in The Lord is obviously the best method. After all, Not only has he saved us and promised us a future eternity, but he’s also given us his very own Spirit to guide and help us! Now that’s reason to rejoice!
So, I’ve heard a Scripture a day keeps the… no, that’s not how it goes. Sorry!
I was thinking of what grown-up 21st century Pollyanna might use. So I put something together for you. Here are a few links for you, from Blue Letter Bible.
I hope this makes Finding Joy in the Lord one step easier for you!
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Finding Joy in the Little Things
My two sons are full of energy, and noise, and well, sometimes I just want a break. But when I put away my devices and my agenda, and my to-do list, and just spend time with them, we have so much fun!
Joy is easy then. After I do an emotional baggage check and choose joy.
Stopping to look at the sunrise or sunset, and appreciating the God who made it all, is one of the best keys I can give you. Rest in Him, and don’t try to compete with whatever “the Joneses” are doing. Whether that’s another mother, blogger, church-goer, etc!
Finding Joy in the Lord makes finding joy in the little things 10x easier!
Ready for Finding Joy in the Lord?
I hope this book will inspire you as much as it did me! Finding Joy in the Lord is a beautiful thing, and something we can all do. It is a choice we make each moment.
I hope this book and these resources will help you as you set out on your own quest, finding joy in the Lord today and every day!
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!
Finding Joy In The Lord (and a Great Book!)
My "Word of the Year" for 2019 was Joy. Finding Joy in the Lord. Finding Joy in the little things. Not getting bogged down by life. I made a youtube playlist, found Bible verses, and made a plan. But, well, life gets going and sometimes you just hang on. I was not good at following through.
Author: J.C. Lafler
Author : J.C. Lafler
ISBN : 1683149750
Date Published : 10/29/2019
Format : Paperback