Discovering Joye: Uncovering the Treasures Inside Ordinary People, Places, Things, and OurselvesJim StovallDestiny Image / 2013 / Hardcover$2.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews
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vjonesSt Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Treasures of wisdom awaiting discoveryJuly 13, 2014vjonesSt Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Sometimes wisdom comes in the most unexpected and ordinary places. Jim Stovall combines his life experiences and the work of deceased poet Joye Kanelakos to create a book filled with relavant words of wisdom. He also shows us moments in his life that did not perfectly as he would have liked and showed what wonderful lessons could be learned in the imperfection of the moment. And we see how problems may be our opportunity to grow.
This book is a fantastic "thought for the day" type of book. Each chapter is short but filled with some great insights. I found myself reading a chapter and then pausing to meditate on all the treasures that Jim Stovall revealed before digging into the next chapter. It is definitely not a book to be read quickly. "Discovering Joye" needs savored one morsel at a time.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Poetic Insight Which Insures Success in Every FaceSeptember 20, 2013richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bestselling author Jim Stovall's lifelong appreciation of poetry led to the discovery of the writings of Joye Kanelakos. Stovall compiles her poetry into a topical arrangement of nineteen discoveries titled simply Discovering Joye."
In this melding of art and scholarship, Jim adds a story from his personal experiences to produce a beautiful life-changing gift of practical motivation and inspiration. The combination Joye's poetic expression and Jim's remarkable insight becomes a vast treasure house of sage advice and profound wisdom for ordinary people to uncover guidelines for living successfully in the frenetic complexities of contemporary society.
I found Stovall's observation especially intriguing, "Joye captures the essence of the fleeting nature of the family as the generations pull together, stretch apart, and eventually release from one another while still remaining connected in special and lasting ways."
Stovall adds this bit of observation as his suggested discovery. "Celebrate your family, not in spite of their imperfections but because of them. If families were perfect, they could never include people like you and me."
Discovering Joye provides inspiration and motivation worthy of reading, re-reading, personal contemplation or sharing with others in reading groups. This edition is beautifully bound making it ideal as a meaningful, memorable gift for any and all of those special occasions.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.