The one word trick.



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.

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  1. Margaret Feinberg

    January 13th, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Nicole, honored and humbled by this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Grateful for you.

  2. Peggy Jean Hatton

    January 27th, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    I’m fighting back with joy. On December 11, 2014, I had another major surgery, due to nerve and spine damage. Doctors predicted, I would be paralyzed and in nursing facility. I lost mobility, but I am claiming victory for 2015. I regained bladder control, all glory be to God. I’m a brain tumor survivor, and battling a second brain tumor. Satan has attacked me very so long. So yes, I am fighting back with joy. I pleased the blood of Jesus, and I will get back everything that was taken from me. Amen! God has truly brought me out of the pit. He has truly blessed me. Bless you! I attended the Women of Faith Revival last month in Dallas, Texas. He was so powerful, and I really enjoyed it. I hope to be able to attend this year in October. I have written a memoir about my battling brain tumors. Unfortunately, I am disabled, and my aftermath left me living in poverty. I know when it’s time for God to deliver me out, it will be. I want to encourage other victims, and survivors, by sharing my life challenges. I made it each day, because I found peace in God. Bless you/family! Kind Regards, Peggy Jean Hatton.

  3. Lorraine Tipton

    February 26th, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    That was a short little bit of fighting empowerment! I remember when the whole word was against me and I was in such great pain physically. I used to wonder how on earth people could be so nasty when they aren’t even in pain? It takes a lot of fight to have joy when in fact “the joy of the Lord is our strength,” thus I quoted that over and over and over…