Be glad in the Lord and rejoice! Psalm 32:11

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough by Kay Warren

Today I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for the book "Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough" by Kay Warren.

About The Book:

Everyone knows how to be joyful in the peaks of life. But what about the valleys? When nothing seems to go your way? When everything is falling apart? When God is silent, and you feel all alone? Where does joy fit into those moments? In Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, Kay Warren explains the path to experiencing soul-satisfying joy no matter what you’re going through. Joy is deeper than happiness, lasts longer than excitement, and is more satisfying than pleasure and thrills. Joy is richer. Fuller. And it’s far more accessible than you’ve thought. Joy comes from God... and it can be yours today!

Between tough economic times and everyday “life” struggles sometimes it may feel as if things are hopeless. Happiness doesn’t just seem fleeting, it often seems unattainable.

Kay Warren is no stranger to sorrow and difficulties. Though she lives in the public life as the co-founder of Saddleback Church – one of the nation’s largest and most influential churches in the countryt – with her husband Rick, the circumstances in Kay’s life have not always been perfect. She has personally experienced emotional and physical abuse, two bouts with cancer and various other hardships along with witnessing women and children worldwide who are hurting from HIV/AIDS, hunger and poverty.

While very difficult, these circumstances have taught Kay valuable lessons about the true meaning of joy. Realizing that many other women struggle with living in joy – if they even know what it is – Kay decided the lessons she has learned needed to be shared.

In “Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough,” Kay draws from biblical principles and her own life experience to illustrate what joy really is, where to find it, and how to choose it in the good times and the bad.

My Thoughts:

Kay Warren is the wife of Rick Warren, the hugely popular pastor of the mega Saddleback Church. With that in mind, in reading her book I can hear quite a bit of her husband's influence and viewpoints. He is renown for being able to speak in easy-to-understand, layman's terms, and with Choose Joy, Kay Warren employs this technique as well.

The premise of the book is simple - it is up to us to choose whether to have joy in our lives or not. Citing biblical passages as well as other religious influencers, and stories of her own struggle against depression and health issues, Warren lays out the pathway to have a litttle more joy in life by simply realizing that God has control, and you can be happy or you can be sad, but you always have the comfort of knowing that joy is always an option in either case.

Warren includes study points and prayers throughout the book that further expands the study. Presented by a woman for a mainly women audience, this book would be a great bible study for women's groups as well as a stand-alone study.

About The Author:

Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is also the founder of the HIV & AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church. She is a Bible teacher, author, and international speaker. Warren frequently travels the globe to encourage HIV-positive men, women, and vulnerable children, and today she is a powerful voice on their behalf. In 2007, Kay authored Dangerous Surrender, and the revised and expanded softcover edition, retitled Say Yes to God, was released in 2010. She also coauthored Foundations, a systematic theology course used in churches around the world. She has three children and five grandchildren and lives with her husband Rick in Southern California. Learn more at www.kaywarren.com, and follow her on Facebook (Kay Warren) and on Twitter (KayWarren1).

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.

“Available April 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


Beth Hoffman said...

Amen to this statement --> "...it is up to us to choose whether to have joy in our lives or not."

Terrific post, Sharon!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks Beth!