4 Stars Out Of 5
Good for clarification
June 20, 2012
Joy and happiness are two different things. Happiness usually depends on circumstances, while joy isn't swayed by circumstances. I tend to link joy with peace. No matter what is happening, you can still have joy because of what Christ has done for us on the cross. I think this book is quite timely because our society is focused more on happiness and doing things that will make us momentarily happy.
Kay focuses her reader on the fact that joy is not an emotion, is not based on circumstance, and Jesus was a joyful person. I really hadn't stopped to think about Jesus being joyful before. I guess I always knew it, but never used that word to describe Him for some reason. I'm so thankful for her pointing that out to me!
I was a little nervous about this book when she talked about how we control how much joy we have. I really believe that we surrender it all and as we surrender, the Holy Spirit fills us with more joy. Ultimately joy is a soul issue and not something we can physically attain on our own. I'm not for sure if that's how she meant it or not, but the rest of the book tends to lean towards that belief, which made me think that perhaps I interpreted her statement wrong.
Overall, this book is great for someone who is trying to grasp the difference between joy and happiness. She writes very clearly and is able to distinctly differentiate between the two so that the reader experiences clarity on the two words.
This book can be used as a study for women. It comes with a leader's guide and the book for the participants.
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.