Category Archives: Inspirational

Book Review: Crazy Joy

Life definitely has ups and downs and for many of us, our happiness tends to be dependent on if we’re in a good season or having a good day, or if we’re in a difficult season or having a bad day. Or we think we’ll be happier one day if we have this or that, or if certain things happen in our lives: getting that dream job, getting married, or moving to a city we love. In her new book Crazy Joy, (hardcover, Worthy Publishing) Mary Katherine Backstrom shares how you can find joy and contentment not only in the good times but right in the middle of your hardest, messiest times. If you’re not familiar with Backstrom (or MK, for short), she is known for her viral social media videos and her writings on family, faith, and mental illness. Her writing style is very candid and humorous, and you can’t help but laugh at many of the real-life situations she shares about herself and her family. So, just reading this book will bring you joy and lots of laughs!

MK’s writing style is also warm and personal, kind of like a friend talking to you over lunch or a cup of coffee. The hard (or embarrassing) but funny experiences she shares about her own life, along with the insights and wisdom she’s gained from going through them, are really easy to relate to. You can even picture yourself in some of these situations, which makes it such a fun read.

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Book Review: The Power of Thank You and My Thank You Journal

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“Having a grateful heart has more power than we can imagine,” writes Joyce Meyer in the introduction of her new book, The Power of Thank You: Discover the Joy of Gratitude (FaithWords, hardcover). She adds, “Thankfulness releases joy in our lives, has a powerful effect on our prayers, and keeps us focused on the positive aspects of our lives.”

Meyer writes about how she practices being grateful in her own life: “This morning I thanked God that I could see, hear, think, talk, and walk. Just imagine how we would complain and how challenging our lives would be if we couldn’t do any of these, and yet we rarely thank God for the ability to do them.” She also points to the apostle Paul as an example of an extremely thankful person—how he had learned to be content whether he had little or much (Philippians 4:11). And Meyer includes additional examples of what true gratitude looks like from the lives of Job, Joseph and others in the Bible.

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Good News, Great Joy!

Wishing you a joyful, peaceful Christmas as you celebrate the good news of this holiday with those you love!

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”

LUKE 2:8-14 NIV

Thanksgiving Blessings

Blessings brighten when we count them.

—MALTBIE D. BABCOCK

Wishing you a special Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend shared with family and friends, and filled to overflowing with blessings!

It’s October!

“This was one of my favorite books when I was growing up,” my mom told me many years ago when she gave me a copy of Anne of Green Gables. It quickly became a favorite of mine, too. I loved reading about the imaginative Anne Shirley and her life on the farm with Marilla and Matthew. It was one of those books I couldn’t put down and didn’t want to end.

But it did have a wonderful ending with another great quote—“God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world.” I read and reread the book several times, finding out much later that there were actually sequels to the book. But I always liked the first book best, and when I saw this quote about October from the book, it made me want to read it again! 

I can just imagine what Anne would enjoy about the month of October—the beautiful colors, the cool autumn air, the gently falling leaves. There is beauty in every season, and the beauty is especially vibrant in October! Hope you find many things to enjoy about your October, too! 🙂

God has made everything beautiful for its own time. ECCLESIASTES 3:11 NLT

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