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FINDING JOY: ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY BACK THROUGH FAITH

Today’s literary birthday: Shelby Foote, American novelist and Civil War historian, born November 17, 1916.

FINDING JOY: ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY BACK TO FAITH is an insightful and inspiring memoir that gives a personal glimpse into the life of Joy Wooderson, the daughter and granddaughter of Christian missionaries who lived and preached in South Africa.

In FINDING JOY, Wooderson gives a unique perspective into her faith, her family, her African homeland, and her journey to the United States, where she became a U.S. citizen.

The front cover, with the photo of white daisy seeking sunlight as it pokes through the parched brown earth, gives a hint of what awaits the reader inside. Chapter 1 opens with a quote from St. Augustine and begins with the author perched on top of Mount Sinai, marveling at the view and grandeur of the vista before her.

Divided into nine parts and thirty chapters, Wooderson’s memoir reads like a novel, with the end of each chapter leaving me wanting to read more.

The chapters and sections are peppered with Biblical passages from the Old and New Testaments, as well as other meaningful and contemplative quotes. The end of each chapter also contains what Wooderson calls “Pointers,” which are questions and statements that challenge readers to examine their own beliefs. The last page of each chapter also includes space for readers to record their reflections.

Wooderson’s memoir is filled with candor and clarity. She openly discusses her crisis of faith, her doubts about organized religion, and the path she took to navigate through dark days into the light.

Anyone who has struggled with their faith or questioned their belief system will find comfort, compassion and wisdom in FINDING JOY.

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Fearless by Max Lucado

October 1: On this day in 1985, writer E.B. White died. White is known for his children’s classics, Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. He and Professor William Strunk teamed up to write a handbook that I believe all writers should own–The Elements of Style. Here’s a quote about writing from White I found on thinkexist.com,  “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted a book review. Where did the month of September go?  With the changing month and now that the leaves are changing and adding color to the scenery, I thought it would be appropriate to post about a book that discusses dealing with life-changing events–without fear.

fearlessmaxFEARLESS: Imagine Your Life Without Fear, published by Thomas Nelson Publishing and written by New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado, is an uplifting and inspirational book that offers promise and hope to live without fear. Chapter-by-chapter, using quotes from Scripture, the life of Jesus Christ, and examples from the famous and obsure,  Lucado  guides readers on a journey to understand and overcome fear.

The Discussion Guide in the back of FEARLESS is a welcome resourse. The guide can be used by groups or individuals. It is divided by chapters and contains three-part lessons for each chapter on: Examining Fear, Exposing Fear, and Battling Fear. Each lesson includes recommended readings from Scripture.

FEARLESS is a spiritually uplifting book to read and use as a study guide to live a life of faith–without fear. It’s a keeper.

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