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 roller coaster ride. So the Bibleâ€™s call to â€œbe joyful alwaysâ€ sounds almost crazyâ€”and out of reach. But it doesnâ€™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; itâ€™s the unyielding belief that sorrow and loss do not have the final say. Itâ€™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.
I can’t even begin to tell you how encouraging I have found this book. Life is hard and our joy gets tested, but author Stasi Eldredge challenges us to be defiant when it comes to handing over our joy. Joy is ours as children of God and we must cling to our birthright. With humor and personal stories Stasi gently invites us to join her on the path of joy and for me it was a journey well worth taking.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is a book I would highly recommend and
I anticipate buying several copies to hand out as gifts.