List Price: 13.99
Binding: Soft Cover
Release: January 2010
Do you sometimes feel victimized by circumstances? Are you overwhelmed by weariness, fear, or discouragement? Do you wonder, Where can I go to claim the promise of Jesus that my joy could be made full?
This book* chronicles Sally Clarkson’s journey through depression and disillusionment. It is a heartfelt book that speaks to that inner place when a person has given up, and all they want is to be re-awakened and rejuvenated. I appreciated her sincerity and her willingness to go through those places of hurt again to help us understand that we are not alone. And as women, it is sometimes easy to find yourself losing your joy for the God, and the things you once found joy in, and I am sure that many women will find this encouraging.
There are some questions at the end of each chapter entitled “finding your rhythm in God’s joy” which can be helpful in determining where you lack joy and what you can do to refresh yourself.
I had a few concerns however:
This book was just plain DEPRESSING! (in the beginning)
I mean I understand that people go through things, and I understand that some people need to read about the depressing things in order to sympathize, but I just felt heavy and down while I read the book. She learned joy in the end and encourages all of us to pursue God, but I just couldn’t shake that feeling off.
Depression is not from God, so therefore we must resist it! (James 4:7)
I would still recommend the book, because there are quite a few things that many can read and learn from, but as for me, I would rather read a book filled with hope that concentrates on the fact that in the spirit (our spirit in Christ), we already have joy, peace, patience, kindness, self-control etc. (Galatians 5:22-23) Therefore all we really need is to figure out a way to build upon our faith, diminish our unbelief, and get the manifestation of these spiritual truths into our physical lives.
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*Random House (Waterbook Press) provided me with a free copy to review.