I know you’re ready for this. Once you heard that my friend Margaret Feinberg had written a new book, you knew I would read it and tell you all about it. Whelp … you were right! Released this month is FIGHT BACK WITH JOY: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare down your Greatest Fears (2015, Worthy Publishing, TN).
In FIGHT BACK WITH JOY Margaret chronicles her fight with breast cancer and how her walk with God grew ever deeper in the fight. But, lest you think that this book is only for those suffering a killer disease, let me assure you, it’s not. We all suffer trials and tribulations in our lives. At times we are strong, knowing God is with us, marching along beside us – and sometimes carrying us – through the fire. But there are other times, times we may not like to admit, when our faith may weaken, where we look up into the heavens questioning, struggling to hear His voice. It was by discovering joy that Margaret made it through the fire.
It wasn’t easy, by any means. She didn’t just discover joy, she manufactured it. She purposed out actions that would bring joy to others and in turn, received joy herself. Isn’t that the way God always works? We obey and He blesses. We bring aide to another and receive a gift in return. Give joy and get joy. Give praise and thanksgiving to God and get joy and blessings in return. But just how does one find joy in a situation such as this?
I don’t think I’m telling too much out of school when I tell you that one of my favorite parts was the chapter entitled Three Simple Words to Set You Free. Margaret tells us, “The journey to joy begins with acceptance.” I nod as I’m reading. Isn’t it true? As I grow older I’m able to consider Paul’s ability to be “content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11) and not laugh it off like something I’ll never achieve. The deeper my walk with Christ, the more and more content I become. Chalk it up to the Holy Spirit. I could never have developed it on my own.
The book has also spawned a companion six-week Bible study which I have purchased but have not yet begun. FIGHT BACK WITH JOY is laced with humor and desperate with pain all the while bringing God’s word to the party in support, guidance, and our prize. As with other studies that Margaret has penned (Wonderstruck, Scouting the Divine, The Sacred Echo) this one has made me think, brought me closer to our Lord, and shifted my walk with Jesus in a delightful, expansive way.
No matter what your circumstances, you can practice defiant joy. When you do, you will embrace a life that’s richer and fuller than you’ve ever known before—a life radiant with joy.
Below you’ll find some links (none of which are affiliates so feel free to click away!).
Learn more about Margaret at http://margaretfeinberg.com
Here’s the link to the book on amazon: http://mar.cta.gs/0bi.
Here’s the link to the book at Barnes & Noble: http://mar.cta.gs/0bh.
To purchase the Bible Study Kit: 6-Session Bible Study Kit: http://mar.cta.gs/0aq.