Friday, June 15, 2012

Blog Tour: Chosing Joy (Review)

In the last two weeks, I've been trying to dive into Kay Warren's newest book - Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough.

Warren's writing style is warm and inviting.

But I soon learned that it's not a book that I can "speed read."

Instead, like a treat you want to savor and digest slowly, this book takes time to unpack.

Lots of time.

I'm still not finished reading it.

I love how the each chapter has questions that make you think - so you can really apply the topic to your life.

Is it easy to read. No.

Is it worth the struggle? Yes.

Am I glad that I'm reading it. Absolutely.

I'm not sure if I'm struggling with the book. Maybe God is trying to tell me something through Warren's words. (Ok. This is probably an understatement of the year.)

I know one thing.Warren has inspired me by her passion for life. I've admired her for many years for some of the actions she's taken in founding Saddleback's HIV/AIDS initiative. Her authenticity is admirable.

I keep on reading it. It may take me a while longer than normal. But that's ok. I think it will be worth it in the end.

More About The Book
(From The Publisher)
Everyone knows how to be joyful in the peaks of life.

I've graduated!
I'm engaged!
I've been hired!
I'm having a baby!
I'm cancer-free!

When all your fondest hopes and wildest dreams come true, and your heart nearly explodes with happiness, it's easy to feel joyful.

But what about the valleys? When nothing seems to go your way? When everything is falling apart? When God is silent, and you feel all alone?

Where does joy fit into those moments?

In Choose Joy, acclaimed author and Christian leader Kay Warren shares the path to experiencing soul-satisfying joy no matter what you're going through. Joy is deeper than happiness, lasts longer than excitement, and is more satisfying than pleasure and thrills. Joy is richer. Fuller. And it's far more accessible than you've thought.

Joy comes from God . . . and it can be yours! Today.

About The Author
Kay Warren cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband Rick Warren in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for those infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as orphaned and vulnerable children.

She founded Saddleback's HIV/AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. She has three children and five grandchildren.

Learn more at and follow her on Facebook (Kay Warren) and Twitter (@KayWarren1).

Online Resources
Read an excerpt here. 
Download the study guide here.

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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