Monday, October 22, 2018

Defiant Joy

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.

My thoughts: I read a lot of the Eldredge's books some years ago, and enjoyed them immensely, so I was thrilled to pick this one up! I feel like some of the things Stasi shared more deeply in this book had been touched on before, so it was nice to have her share more about her journey. This book is so encouraging, since it is written to feel like you are sitting down with a good friend and just sharing your struggles and triumphs. I felt so encouraged by this book!
I received this book from Book look. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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