Thursday, January 15, 2015

Is it Possible to Find Joy In Life's Greatest Battles?

No matter what your circumstances, you can practice defiant joy!  In Margaret Feinberg's new book, "Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fear." she shares her very personal battle with cancer and reveals how joy is more than whimsy. It’s the weapon you can use to fight life’s battles. She says: 

"This journey has been the most painful experience of my life. And, to share about it requires some vulnerability. Okay, a lot of vulnerability. And, that’s really, really hard. But I feel like I’m finally ready to share what God has stirred in my heart along the way because although cancer has been the most painful journeyit has also been the most joyful. And no one is more surprised than I am.

More than whimsyFight Back With Joy is the most vulnerable book and Bible study I’ve ever written, and maybe it’s because I originally started it to be a very different book. Two years before I was diagnosed, I became obsessed with the more than 400 references of joy in Scripture and just before my diagnosis I started the finishing touches on a book on joy. But then I got the phone call that changed my life forever. I had to scrap the entire project because I couldn’t imagine how I could possibly talk about something as fluffy as joy in the midst of the darkness I felt. Up until that time, I had been searching for joy in the relatively good times of life. But, after cancer, I started to read those scriptures so differently. 
I discovered facets of joy that no one ever taught me—more than whimsy, joy is a weapon we can use to fight life’s battles.

The thing is, no one signs up for that discovery projectfinding joy in suffering. No one. I’ve never felt so surefooted on my path to a joyful life. I know now that without shadows, joy can feel shallow. But, when we can discover joy while in the fight of our livesno matter what that isit is lasting.
Everyone who has faced a challenge, or who knows someone in the midst, needs a to know that suffering doesn’t win. Joy wins.
My prayer is that this book will be beacon for anyone searching for HOW to fight darkness.
My prayer is that this book will be a beacon for anyone ABOUT to face a battle.
My prayer is that this book will be a beacon for anyone IN the fight of their lives.
My prayer is that this book will be a beacon for anyone who has crawled THROUGH the trenches.
Sooner or later, we all find ourselves on the battlefield. But we can fight back with joy and help others do the same."

You too can practice defiant joy no matter what your circumstance and to embrace a life that's richer and fuller than you've every known!  Get Margaret Feinberg's new book "Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down your Greatest Fears."

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