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I haven’t posted here in a while. The rumor mill has been buzzing. Did I join the circus? Did I give up blogging to pursue stamp collecting? Ok, so no one thought that. Maybe a couple of you noticed I wasn’t writing anything.

Here’s the real story. Last week I mentioned that I was in a foster parent training. Well, it was Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for 9 hours each day. I somehow thought I’d be able to post in the midst of this, but I was wrong.

Then my wife and I went straight from there to Missouri where we stayed Saturday night with friends and went to service with them Sunday. After that, we got two days to ourselves at Lake of the Ozarks. It was a wonderful break.

That catches you up and now for the big news!

At the end of the year, we finished our book club discussion of The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is and Neither Are You by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. I went into it loving this book, and I still love this book. In fact, I’m helping to lead our church in doing a series of small group lessons with it starting next month.

Now we get to explore a new book. I don’t know a lot about it, but the title and subject matter intrigued me. It’s about something I sorely missed toward the end of last year, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we’re beginning the year talking abut this.

fbwjWhat is it? Joy.

The book is Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg. The tagline is “Celebrate more. Regret less. Stare down your greatest fears.” As I shared previously, my word for the year is focus. I don’t simply want to bear down and plow through. I want joy (which is what God promises) as I go through life.

The author tells the story of her own difficult circumstances and the role joy played in getting through it all. I appreciate that she’s bringing her own perspective and not simply a theory or theological construct.

Here’s a quote from the back of the book,

No matter what your circumstances, you can practice defiant joy. When you do, you will embrace a life that’s richer and fuller than you’ve ever known before–a life radiant with joy.

Defiant Joy. I like that. I need that.

I hope you join us in these discussions. If you can read along with us, that would be great! If not, still come and be a part. Right now though, I want to give you a chance to win this book for yourself!

Just sign up in the widget below for a digital copy or paperback, and be sure to head over to Sarah Salter’s place (my friend/co-facilitator) as well for another chance to win. Also, you can come back every day to tweet about it for more entries.

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I hope you’ll join us and tell your friends too.

The Timeline.

  1. This week is the giveaway.
  2. Next week we’ll announce our winners and give the prizes.
  3. Two weeks from today, we’ll start into the book.

fbwj-buttonIf you have a blog and you’d like to write a response post, you can join us Wednesdays or post throughout the week. Sarah and I will be sharing the link widget (alternating between her place and mine each week). As before, you’ll take a sentence, quote, or idea that inspires you and write something on it. As always, I know we’ll be in for some good perspectives and thoughtful discussions!

Do you want to join us for this book discussion? What book is currently impacting you?


  1. Glad you didn’t join a circus…clowns scare me!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..A Leap of FaithMy Profile

    • I’m with you on that, Jay. 🙂

  2. I’ve been hit or miss with writing myself lately. A circus might be fun… and less crazy! 🙂

    • I could use some “less crazy”! Thanks Dusty.

  3. Jay, I can’t wait to hear what you think of Fight Back With Joy!
    Margaret Feinberg recently posted..What to Do When You’ve Done the UnspeakableMy Profile

    • Thank you, Margaret! We are very much looking forward to it. 🙂

  4. I’ve been praying about my own focus and being content. Part of being content is learning to have joy in the small things. I think this book sounds timely for me as well but I’m not sure how much “time” I actually have to read at the moment but I’ll try to participate with the discussions. I’ll be on “maternity” leave from the blog world in the next month or so 🙂

    Congrats on getting to spend alone time with your wife. That is so important.

    • Thank you, TC. Blessings to you and your wonderful family. 🙂

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