Quick. Let’s play a game.
When I write a word, you think of the next immediate word that comes to mind.
Here we go.
did you say sandwich? jelly? sticky? yum? gross? Lots of words come to mind, don’t they?
Let’s try another one. Ready?
did you say snow? cold? dreadful? (oh wait, that’s just me writing on a dreary, wet, dark day. bleh.)
Last one. Ready?
did you say happiness? laughter? light? fun? inaccessible? fluffy?
fight? Yep. fight. Did you associate “fight” with “joy”?
Me neither. But author Margaret Feinberg does with gusto. Margaret Feinberg is an author from whom I’ve learned so much. Her books go deep into scripture and she brings forward fresh insights in a way that stick with me and bring actual change to my life. So I was so excited to review her new book, “Fight Back with Joy”.
“Fight Back With Joy” was written during what most would call the most un-joyful season one can face. During an unexpected battle with cancer in the midst of this project, Margaret scrapped the whole thing and started over again, because her new association with joy wasn’t found in the circumstantial experiences of an easy life. She had to grit her teeth and find the fight of joy–that joy that goes beyond our circumstances and into the really hard stuff that we all end up facing at some point.
I love these quotes:
“All of us are in a fight. Others can fight WITH you. But no one can fight this FOR you.”
“Joy is a weapon we use to fight our battles.”
So often our struggles and burdens feel heavy, dark and confusing. But enter Margaret, who brings great teaching, real honesty and the peace that comes from fighting back with joy. So if your one-word association with JOY makes it feel like an elusive, cotton-candy-fluffy feeling that you can’t access, pick up this book! You can find out more by visiting Margaret’s website, checking out the bible study trailer, or ordering the book here or here! Check out #fightbackwithjoy too.