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Choose Joy by Kay Warren – Book Review

I thought I’d read Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough basically because of the title. Then I found out Kay Warren wrote it and she is wife of Rick Warren who wrote Purpose Driven Life, which was a book I really liked when I was a brand new Christian. This book, written for women, is basically about learning to be content, no matter the circumstances (Philippians 4:11). While I thoroughly agree with the message and even much of what Warren writes in the book, I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the book itself. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I didn’t like, but I just couldn’t really get into the book. It didn’t really reach me in those deep, inner places of my heart even though Warren shares personal stories and seems like a pretty sweet woman. It really went downhill for me when she said that when Jesus was “hilariously funny” and that “his audience loved it [and] thought he was a riot”. While I would agree that Jesus turned words and phrases on their heads, I believe he did it to make more of a point to the Pharisees than simply to just use “great, edgy humor” for his audience.

Anyway, Choose Joy is made up of four parts: 1) Joy Is My Inheritance, 2) Joy Is A Conviction of My Mind, 3) Joy Is A Condition of My Heart, and 4) Joy Is A Choice of My Behavior. I noticed that a lot of people really loved this book and there are only a couple of 1 or 2 star reviews on amazon.com, both of which were written by men (the book is written for women) so check it out and see what you think for yourself, but I didn’t really enjoy this book.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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