If you’ll remember, I began my Christmas break with a lovely stack of books – ready to tackle! I can tell you that 5 of the books didn’t make the cut (or they made the cut, I guess, since I didn’t read them! HA!).
In the coming weeks I’ll tell you more about them, but for now I’d like to let you know about Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg. It is an interesting title, that is for sure, and certainly grabs your attention. Margaret walks through her own life and how she made a conscious effort that Joy was her response – to life, to battling cancer, to the unfair, to the friends, to her family. When asked why she wrote the book, Margaret says:
“I studied joy for a year and was putting the finishing touches on book on joy—just two weeks from turning it into the publisher, when I received the diagnosis. I had been pursuing and activating joy in my life in the relatively good times, now I had to do it in the midst of darkness, depression, and torturous pain. Through the process, I’ve discovered the breadth, depth, and power of joy—that despite hundreds of sermons and many decades in the church—no one had told me of before.”
Some of my big takeaways? Celebrating is vital and key to our lives today, and needs to be viewed as a discipline to embrace – “…the faintest expressions of celebration infuse us with hope. Joy begets joy. Even the most meager acts are an outward expression of an inward trust in God’s ability to meet our needs. As silly as it sounds, mirth has a magical way of poking holes in the darkness until we see the stars.”
Also – “instead of focusing on what’s been taken, find reason to offer thanks for what remains.” Oh, if we could all live by this perspective.
I recommend this book for everyone, but especially if you struggle with having a joyful perspective and not being a Eeyore throughout your days. Margaret reminds us through Scripture and stories that our God is one is celebrates us and gives us hope in the midst of the darkest days. Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your story.
(There is also video promo here if you’d like to “see” more about the book versus read more about it!)