Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free
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Sometimes, joy can be hard to find. Shortly after landing her dream job as a TV anchor, Roxane's marriage fell apart leaving her left to balance her life as a single mom and her life on camera. In Pockets of Joy, she shares her story of faith - one that guided her forward as she searched for pockets of joy

Alongside Roxane's practical tips to spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today's woman, the book reveals the secret to a joy-filled life.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629119105
ISBN-13: 9781629119106

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"No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy."       //       
 

Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jarod. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget.       //       
 
With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the guiding force as she searched for moments of gratitude and found a lifetime of grace. Alongside Roxane's practical tips for spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today's woman, Pockets of Joy reveals the incredible secret to a joy-filled life.

Author Bio

Roxane Battle is a Twin Cities journalist and author, best known for over twenty years in broadcast journalism including as co-host of the KARE 11-NBC Today show. Now owner of Roxane Battle, M. A., LLC, Roxane is a gifted video producer, drawing on decades of major market television news experience to produce award-winning videos for corporate and non-profit clients. Named an "Architect of Change," Roxane is a featured contributor on mariashriver.com, and has also been featured in Working Mother and Ebony magazines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has given keynote addresses for civic, business, and philanthropic groups including the Girl Scouts, TeamWomen Minnesota, and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
roxanebattle.com
 

Editorial Reviews

"Transforming pain into power is possible. In Pockets of Joy, Roxane shows us how to tap into our unlimited potential and keep our spirits rising."
—Tavis Smiley
National talk show host
New York Times best-selling author 
Time magazine's "The World’s 100 Most Influential People"

 

"What a joy to read!  Roxane's charisma shines through every page. Pockets of Joy is a precious gift that has the power to inspire, nourish, and bless each reader. Read this book and be transformed!"
—Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP
Co-author, Trust Your Gut
 

"It takes people years to understand and find their passion. Many never find their own Pockets of Joy. Roxane Battle shares her journey and the path she chose to take as a single mother pursuing a successful career. Pockets of Joy will inspire and motivate you in making decisions to be happy and free. Her story is a remarkable one...it will not only enrich you, it will inspire you."
—Pam Borton
President & CEO, Borton Partners
Speaker, author of On Point, and winningest coach in University of Minnesota women’s basketball history
 

"Pockets of Joy will remind you that you were born to be joy-full. Your joy-tank came full. Life has a way of burning the joy-fuel but it also provides opportunities to fill the joy-tank and keep it full. May you have many pockets and may they all be bulging with joy."
—Sam Chand
Leadership Consultant
Author, Leadership Pain 
www.SamChand.com
 

"In this delightfully honest book, we cheer for Roxane as she makes difficult and wise choices in an effort to forge work-life balance. Her refreshing example in our success-crazed culture is an inspiration to women and men everywhere!"
—Deborah Smith Pegues
International speaker
Best-selling author, 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue
 

"Pockets of Joy briefly recounts Roxane’s divorce and her departure from television news, focusing largely on the next chapter of her life as a single mom. A deeply spiritual person, Battle counts her belief that things would and could get better among the reasons she was able to move on."
—Caryn Sullivan
Award-winning columnist
Author, Bitter or Better.
 

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  1. ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful read
    November 5, 2017
    ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My Thought On This Book

    In Pockets of Joy, author Roxane Battle shares the story of her divorce and the struggles he had to face as a single mom. Her words are from the debts of her heart, and you can feel the anguish she is feeling as you read her story. Life wasnt easy, the choices she made to give up her job in broadcasting, and her life was completely turned around.

    Maybe this is you. Maybe you need this book because you can relate to what this author is saying and struggling just as much. There is no way I can describe this book adequately, you have to read it for yourself. It if you are struggling with any issues in your life that is bringing you down, totally controlling you, you need to read this book! I highly recommend Pokets of Joy to everyone. We can all find something in this book that can help out walk with the Lord. So pick up your copy today.

    A e-copy of this book was provide by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. The opinion here are mine, and mine alone.
  2. MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Journey to Joy
    November 1, 2017
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    In this easy-to-read hardbound book, the author vulnerably shares her personal life struggles and joys. Part I seems more like a memoir as she recounts her experiences in television journalism and raising her son. In Part II, she draws seven lessons to help readers reach out for joy. She emphasizes positive choices, intentional living, and perseverance. We must look for the joy in our own situations. She reinforces her points with personal examples and includes a few photos at the end. I enjoyed her stories, but she often mentioned being a divorced single mom as if that is how she views her identity. This doesn't seem to fit with her view of being an overcoming believer--it seems her main ID should be as a victorious child of God. I think readers can glean insights from the authors experiences and find advice to help in their own lives. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
  3. kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Uplifting memoir
    October 29, 2017
    kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was a very uplifting memoir written in an easily-readable, conversational tone. The first part of the book describes how Roxane Battle dealt with being a single mother and a television journalist. In the second part of the book, Battle offers some teachings to the reader that are easily received, because Battle has already proven herself with her real-life examples. At the conclusion of the book, I was cheering for the author as she experienced a climactic event in her life. I was so proud of her for all the good decisions she had made.

    I recommend this book for all the uplifting, positive messages that it contains. It was also interesting to get insight into the television news industry.

    I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Being intentional about finding joy
    October 28, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Battle has learned that joy is on the inside, regardless of circumstances. But we do not have joy by accident. She writes, "...we must be intentional about looking for and finding joy." (138) In case we think she has not had to work at finding joy, she shares her own story of being a single mom, facing cuts in her career, and more. She gives practical steps to help us find joy daily. I like her chapter on authenticity and self acceptance. Her other steps include having positive connections with others and developing an attitude of gratitude, for example.

    Battle gives a somewhat detailed but very readable account of her life. The book can be a good encouragement and example to those who want to share their life experiences and the lessons they have learned from them. Her story is interesting and her suggestions very good.

    I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  5. Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pockets of Joy
    October 26, 2017
    Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Roxane Battle did not pull any stop in sharing her story of life's disappointments, struggles, victories and choosing joy in her life. Pockets of Joy will give women, no matter their age and situation, a glimpse into how to overlook their issues and look inside to be strong and choose to find happiness from within. Battle is an individual many will recognize from her news anchor and public speaking platform that shined, no matter what was happening within her personal life, family dynamics and professional life. The chapter from her son's perspective and ex-husband's gave a clear picture of the lovely blossoming woman Roxane Battle truly is with her decision to always choose joy despite the circumstances of life. As Battle said, "Be good to yourself in whatever healthy and positive way helps you find joy." Page 180

    I received a complimentary copy of Pockets of Joy from the author as a reviewer for her tour with Celebrate Lit. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required. I would highly recommend all women reading Pockets of Joy, a gem in living a joyous life.
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