From the Opposing Minds of Kory & Heather: Final Book Review

It’s been fun doing book reviews with my Pastor-Friend-Colleague, Kory Cassell. As I’ve stated in our earlier book review posts (here & here) we couldn’t be more opposite if we gallantly tried. Without further ado, please enjoy our final book review. It is by my dear (virtual) friend, Marie Wikle. Her passion is joy & joy is her passion. Here is how Kory & I took to her book, “Spreading Joy Daily:

Kory:  Practical and authentic.  Two traits we are all looking for when it comes to day to day direction and motivation.  With her simple daily ideas, Marie will stretch you and and inspire you to grow in small and significant ways.  Fun and creative, these daily insights will make as much a difference in you as they will in all those around you.

Heather:  I’m a big advocate for joy–because the bible tells us it can happen IN suffering & because “it comes in the morning.” So when I discovered Marie’s “joy” tweets on twitter one day, I followed immediately and got inspired daily. And then? When I learned she had a book with 365 joy ideas, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it. There would no longer be any excuse for me to not find joy every day…nor help others find it too.

Kory and I don’t agree on a lot, but we DO agree on the joy of getting to peruse this book. So on behalf of both of us, we are giving away 2 copies. Leave a comment on what brings you joy. We will draw two winners & get these shipped out to you ASAP. Thanks!

 

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  • This may sound pat but it is very true for me. I feel such joy when I receive a witness or confirmation of the Lord’s presence/work/relationship in my life. It is very personal, but the Lord and I have a long history together (in human life terms) and if I am down, I may receive a call from someone who is a friend or relative I haven’t spoken to in a long while and they will tell me they couldn’t get me out of their minds and had to call. Or I’ll hear a song or read a quote on Twitter that someone has posted that is so uplifting, it is a remembrance of God’s promises to us. Or I may have a dream that is very powerful and I realize it is a spiritual revelation. Or as a writer, I’ll receive a lovely comment from someone about an article I posted or comment I made a long while ago…or I’ll happen to go to FB and see a beautiful uplifting poster. All of these things are an example to me of His presence and bring me joy.

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  • This may sound pat but it is very true for me. I feel such joy when I receive a witness or confirmation of the Lord’s presence/work/relationship in my life. It is very personal, but the Lord and I have a long history together (in human life terms) and if I am down, I may receive a call from someone who is a friend or relative I haven’t spoken to in a long while and they will tell me they couldn’t get me out of their minds and had to call. Or I’ll hear a song or read a quote on Twitter that someone has posted that is so uplifting, it is a remembrance of God’s promises to us. Or I may have a dream that is very powerful and I realize it is a spiritual revelation. Or as a writer, I’ll receive a lovely comment from someone about an article I posted or comment I made a long while ago…or I’ll happen to go to FB and see a beautiful uplifting poster. All of these things are an example to me of His presence and bring me joy.

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  • Melissa Rorabaugh
    July 16, 2012

    What brings me joy lately is hearing my husband bring the Word! Not only because I love the Word, but because it is a reminder of God’s fulfilled promise to us as church planters. As we have obeyed Him, He has grown HIS church and we are all growing in Christ… listening to my husband preach the Word gives me joy. <3

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  • Melissa Rorabaugh
    July 16, 2012

    What brings me joy lately is hearing my husband bring the Word! Not only because I love the Word, but because it is a reminder of God’s fulfilled promise to us as church planters. As we have obeyed Him, He has grown HIS church and we are all growing in Christ… listening to my husband preach the Word gives me joy. <3

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  • Debbi Barradas
    July 16, 2012

    Well let me first start with the usual, I get joy from my children, my husband, my family, my friends ….. and finally after all these years of fighting with myself about God I find that God is my joy. Another joy is the feeling I get when I go to CBG for a service and sit in my usual seat (front right, 6th row) and while the Worship singers are sing praise I turn around and look at what surrounds me. I recently brought my son’s girlfriend to church and said to her “Look behind you, see all the people, isn’t it amazing. That’s God at work!” I look at peoples faces as they worship and each tells a different story, some happy and some sad, some so intense with prayer that it inspires me to feel the same. It’s a miracle, each and every story is a miracle. I had the opportunity to share my story with the people of CBG via the Big screen and by being interviewed by Lisa Hughes. When I sat on that stage I could only see the first 6 rows. The rest looked like a white cloud. But I knew people were out there listening, and I was hoping that by sharing my story it would help just one person to connect with Jesus. If I could just do that it would be amazing. It’s really strange that sometimes people stop me or just say hello and tell me that they heard my story and that it was so inspirational that they chose to be baptized or have a stronger relationship with Jesus, THAT IS MY JOY!!!!!!

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  • Debbi Barradas
    July 16, 2012

    Well let me first start with the usual, I get joy from my children, my husband, my family, my friends ….. and finally after all these years of fighting with myself about God I find that God is my joy. Another joy is the feeling I get when I go to CBG for a service and sit in my usual seat (front right, 6th row) and while the Worship singers are sing praise I turn around and look at what surrounds me. I recently brought my son’s girlfriend to church and said to her “Look behind you, see all the people, isn’t it amazing. That’s God at work!” I look at peoples faces as they worship and each tells a different story, some happy and some sad, some so intense with prayer that it inspires me to feel the same. It’s a miracle, each and every story is a miracle. I had the opportunity to share my story with the people of CBG via the Big screen and by being interviewed by Lisa Hughes. When I sat on that stage I could only see the first 6 rows. The rest looked like a white cloud. But I knew people were out there listening, and I was hoping that by sharing my story it would help just one person to connect with Jesus. If I could just do that it would be amazing. It’s really strange that sometimes people stop me or just say hello and tell me that they heard my story and that it was so inspirational that they chose to be baptized or have a stronger relationship with Jesus, THAT IS MY JOY!!!!!!

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  • Iris Saenz
    July 16, 2012

    At the risk of sounding cliche …. everything brings me joy. Getting hugs from my three beautiful nieces, seeing someone raise their hands in worship, the early morning sunrise and so much more. Skyping with the hunky hubs who is out of town, finding the silver lining in test results from today and snuggling with my puppy and kitty on a Monday night with Netflix. James 1:2 is definitely working with me lately.

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  • Iris Saenz
    July 16, 2012

    At the risk of sounding cliche …. everything brings me joy. Getting hugs from my three beautiful nieces, seeing someone raise their hands in worship, the early morning sunrise and so much more. Skyping with the hunky hubs who is out of town, finding the silver lining in test results from today and snuggling with my puppy and kitty on a Monday night with Netflix. James 1:2 is definitely working with me lately.

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  • Diane Kucmerowski
    July 16, 2012

    Knowing God loves me no matter what I do brings me joy!!!

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  • Diane Kucmerowski
    July 16, 2012

    Knowing God loves me no matter what I do brings me joy!!!

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  • Jim Cuckler
    July 16, 2012

    One of my joys is the privilege of preaching and teaching the Word each week. Another is working with people in any capacity which God allows me. A great joy lately has been becoming acquainted with Marie Wikle! I’m so glad the Lord led her to find me on Twitter somehow. What passion, what inspiration and joy!!

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  • Jim Cuckler
    July 16, 2012

    One of my joys is the privilege of preaching and teaching the Word each week. Another is working with people in any capacity which God allows me. A great joy lately has been becoming acquainted with Marie Wikle! I’m so glad the Lord led her to find me on Twitter somehow. What passion, what inspiration and joy!!

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  • Beckie
    July 16, 2012

    Joy is something I am working on. I frequent the passage in James 1 talking about joy during trials. Lately in my life there have been many trials. I think when I truly feel joy in the rough times is when I look back and see Gods faithfulness tough I am unfaithful and his blessings. If I were to narrow it down to one thing that brings me joy it would be my amazing husband who encourages me, challenges me, and spurs me on to a greater relationship with our creator.

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  • Beckie
    July 16, 2012

    Joy is something I am working on. I frequent the passage in James 1 talking about joy during trials. Lately in my life there have been many trials. I think when I truly feel joy in the rough times is when I look back and see Gods faithfulness tough I am unfaithful and his blessings. If I were to narrow it down to one thing that brings me joy it would be my amazing husband who encourages me, challenges me, and spurs me on to a greater relationship with our creator.

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  • Christine
    July 16, 2012

    My kids, church and family bring me joy! Besides the usual stuff- a big joy of mine is a trip to Target, alone! 🙂

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  • Christine
    July 16, 2012

    My kids, church and family bring me joy! Besides the usual stuff- a big joy of mine is a trip to Target, alone! 🙂

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  • Pat M
    July 16, 2012

    One of my greatest joys is when my family and I are in the car and when we all sing along to our favorite Christian songs I feel the Lord’s amazing presence. It also happens when I sing and worship at CBG services. Part of the time I am watching the worship team on stage and part of the time I have my eyes closed, head looking up, arms raised and feeling SO deeply this is what the holy spirit and my love for Jesus is all about. I can’t get that great feeling of joy ANYWHERE else.

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  • Pat M
    July 16, 2012

    One of my greatest joys is when my family and I are in the car and when we all sing along to our favorite Christian songs I feel the Lord’s amazing presence. It also happens when I sing and worship at CBG services. Part of the time I am watching the worship team on stage and part of the time I have my eyes closed, head looking up, arms raised and feeling SO deeply this is what the holy spirit and my love for Jesus is all about. I can’t get that great feeling of joy ANYWHERE else.

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  • Marie
    July 16, 2012

    Reading all of the comments on what brings you joy has brought ME great JOY!!

    thank you! and thank you Heather for reviewing our book!

    May your hearts be flooded with great joy as you make a difference each day!

    {{HUGS}}

    @spreadingJOY

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  • Marie
    July 16, 2012

    Reading all of the comments on what brings you joy has brought ME great JOY!!

    thank you! and thank you Heather for reviewing our book!

    May your hearts be flooded with great joy as you make a difference each day!

    {{HUGS}}

    @spreadingJOY

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  • Plessy Dray
    July 16, 2012

    I have been going through some hard times lately, so I have been feeling as if joy is, at times, hard to come by. But the other night I was talking with my 15 year old daughter about joy and hard times. She was telling me that she wished I was being more joyful and wasn’t so down. I then proceeded to tell her that I was having a hard time feeling joyful, that I felt like people had robbed me of my joy and that I didn’t have much reason to be joyful. She then said to me, (and I’m paraphrasing a bit) that, ‘People can’t steal your joy. They can sometimes rob you of your happiness but you always have a choice and a reason to be joyful. You see, happiness is just a feeling, but joy is a choice!’ I asked her what she meant, I had always thought of them as synonyms, you know, one in the same. She then explained to me the difference, ‘Happiness is that feeling you get when something good happens, but it is only a feeling so it will come and go with time. Joy, on the other hand, is something you choose. It is when hard times come but you still choose to acknowledge all the good things in your life. It is something that comes strait from God and, therefore, cannot be taken from you! You have plenty of things to be joyful about! You have a God that promises to never leave you. You have a family that loves you. You have a home, a bed, clothing, more food then you ever sit and eat… You have God’s hope, promises of a plan and better times ahead. You have so much you can can be joyful for! But you have to choose to see those things. So, yeah, you may not feel very happy right now, but it is your choice to be joyful!’ She then proceeded to head off to bed with a, “goodnight” and an, “I love you, Mom!” Straight out of the mouths of babes, huh? That conversation left me with a lot to think about. I now see that she was right. So, to answer your question, “What brings you joy?” Here are a few things I have started to see.
    Worship brings me joy. Feeling that connection with God, praising him for his goodness, knowing he is listening. That brings me joy! And also, helping others. Knowing I put a smile on someones face or that I said the words they really needed to hear or simply knowing I did something for the Lord and for others, that brings me joy!
    My daughter was right, so long as I have God, there will always be joy in my life! I just have to look for it and choose to acknowledge that it’s there!

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    • Debbi Barradas
      July 16, 2012

      AMEN!

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  • Plessy Dray
    July 16, 2012

    I have been going through some hard times lately, so I have been feeling as if joy is, at times, hard to come by. But the other night I was talking with my 15 year old daughter about joy and hard times. She was telling me that she wished I was being more joyful and wasn’t so down. I then proceeded to tell her that I was having a hard time feeling joyful, that I felt like people had robbed me of my joy and that I didn’t have much reason to be joyful. She then said to me, (and I’m paraphrasing a bit) that, ‘People can’t steal your joy. They can sometimes rob you of your happiness but you always have a choice and a reason to be joyful. You see, happiness is just a feeling, but joy is a choice!’ I asked her what she meant, I had always thought of them as synonyms, you know, one in the same. She then explained to me the difference, ‘Happiness is that feeling you get when something good happens, but it is only a feeling so it will come and go with time. Joy, on the other hand, is something you choose. It is when hard times come but you still choose to acknowledge all the good things in your life. It is something that comes strait from God and, therefore, cannot be taken from you! You have plenty of things to be joyful about! You have a God that promises to never leave you. You have a family that loves you. You have a home, a bed, clothing, more food then you ever sit and eat… You have God’s hope, promises of a plan and better times ahead. You have so much you can can be joyful for! But you have to choose to see those things. So, yeah, you may not feel very happy right now, but it is your choice to be joyful!’ She then proceeded to head off to bed with a, “goodnight” and an, “I love you, Mom!” Straight out of the mouths of babes, huh? That conversation left me with a lot to think about. I now see that she was right. So, to answer your question, “What brings you joy?” Here are a few things I have started to see.
    Worship brings me joy. Feeling that connection with God, praising him for his goodness, knowing he is listening. That brings me joy! And also, helping others. Knowing I put a smile on someones face or that I said the words they really needed to hear or simply knowing I did something for the Lord and for others, that brings me joy!
    My daughter was right, so long as I have God, there will always be joy in my life! I just have to look for it and choose to acknowledge that it’s there!

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    • Debbi Barradas
      July 16, 2012

      AMEN!

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  • Becca Dray
    July 16, 2012

    “Joy is more than my spontaneous expression of laughter, gaiety, and lightness. It is deeper than an emotional expression of happiness. Joy is a growing, evolving manifestation of God in my life as I walk with him.” ~ Bonnie Monson
    I have gone through some tough times. And just because I am 15 does not mean I have never experienced hardship. Many things over the years have been hard, but each time God has lifted me up and helped me through. I am indeed the daughter that explained to her mother the difference between joy and happiness, but only after God had first shown me this truth. Every time I have struggled, God has shown me through my prayers, or a person, or his word exactly what I need to hear. And long ago God showed me what real joy meant. He opened my eyes to the little things and the things that never change, the choice I could make to be joyful always.
    I am joyful because I have realized that God is always going to be there, in the good and bad he is always just a prayer or a song or a verse or a word away. I feel his presence all around me. I feel him working in my life. I have a God who, despite all my faults and my shortcomings, despite all the times I fail and fall, he will always love me and has called me as him own. He chose me! This brings me joy! God has given me gifts such as music and writing. He has given me chances to touch others through my worship and my writing (like on my website) and he uses me to help others grow closer to Him. And particularly in this season in my life, God has given me many friends who help draw me closer to the Lord, who support me, and speak into my life (even when it isn’t always things I want to hear, though I need to). This gives me joy! I still struggle with choosing joy all the time, but I know that I always can find joy in the Lord!
    “When we walk with God, hand in hand, we experience joy in our lives, not just happiness. I once heard someone say, ‘Joy and happiness are not the same. Happiness is a feeling that comes and goes with time but joy is a choice you make to rejoice and praise the Lord in all situations.’ Though happiness will will come and go, your joy will not cease! You must make the conscious decision in your life to rejoice in the Lord in all situations because he is always with you! And with the Lord at your side, you will always have a reason to be joyful! So, remember, happiness is a feeling but joy… is a choice! Praise God!” ~Becca Dray (Me)

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  • Becca Dray
    July 16, 2012

    “Joy is more than my spontaneous expression of laughter, gaiety, and lightness. It is deeper than an emotional expression of happiness. Joy is a growing, evolving manifestation of God in my life as I walk with him.” ~ Bonnie Monson
    I have gone through some tough times. And just because I am 15 does not mean I have never experienced hardship. Many things over the years have been hard, but each time God has lifted me up and helped me through. I am indeed the daughter that explained to her mother the difference between joy and happiness, but only after God had first shown me this truth. Every time I have struggled, God has shown me through my prayers, or a person, or his word exactly what I need to hear. And long ago God showed me what real joy meant. He opened my eyes to the little things and the things that never change, the choice I could make to be joyful always.
    I am joyful because I have realized that God is always going to be there, in the good and bad he is always just a prayer or a song or a verse or a word away. I feel his presence all around me. I feel him working in my life. I have a God who, despite all my faults and my shortcomings, despite all the times I fail and fall, he will always love me and has called me as him own. He chose me! This brings me joy! God has given me gifts such as music and writing. He has given me chances to touch others through my worship and my writing (like on my website) and he uses me to help others grow closer to Him. And particularly in this season in my life, God has given me many friends who help draw me closer to the Lord, who support me, and speak into my life (even when it isn’t always things I want to hear, though I need to). This gives me joy! I still struggle with choosing joy all the time, but I know that I always can find joy in the Lord!
    “When we walk with God, hand in hand, we experience joy in our lives, not just happiness. I once heard someone say, ‘Joy and happiness are not the same. Happiness is a feeling that comes and goes with time but joy is a choice you make to rejoice and praise the Lord in all situations.’ Though happiness will will come and go, your joy will not cease! You must make the conscious decision in your life to rejoice in the Lord in all situations because he is always with you! And with the Lord at your side, you will always have a reason to be joyful! So, remember, happiness is a feeling but joy… is a choice! Praise God!” ~Becca Dray (Me)

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  • Melinda
    July 16, 2012

    Well, this might sound corny, but it just happened this past Sunday. My 19 year old son who is in his 3 year of collage away in Boston. On Friday he received his first paycheck from a co-op job. He was so excited he sent me a picture of the check. But what really brought me joy was on Sunday. He called and asked if it would be okay if he purchased a watch. I love that he still wants my opinion and permission, even though it is his money to do as he wants. But, also because he is at that age where Mom knows nothing and he knows everything! This just filled me with joy and a feeling that you did okay raising him.

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  • Melinda
    July 16, 2012

    Well, this might sound corny, but it just happened this past Sunday. My 19 year old son who is in his 3 year of collage away in Boston. On Friday he received his first paycheck from a co-op job. He was so excited he sent me a picture of the check. But what really brought me joy was on Sunday. He called and asked if it would be okay if he purchased a watch. I love that he still wants my opinion and permission, even though it is his money to do as he wants. But, also because he is at that age where Mom knows nothing and he knows everything! This just filled me with joy and a feeling that you did okay raising him.

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  • Lizette
    July 16, 2012

    Music brings me joy! Listening to christian music lifts my spirits even in the most troubling situations, specially songs that use actual passages from the Bible! It’s like having God speaking directly to you.

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  • Lizette
    July 16, 2012

    Music brings me joy! Listening to christian music lifts my spirits even in the most troubling situations, specially songs that use actual passages from the Bible! It’s like having God speaking directly to you.

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  • Heather
    July 16, 2012

    What wondHerful answers. Wow! You guys have this joy thing, down, GOOD! Our hats off to all of you for pursuing a life of joy in a life that is not easy. Yay you!!!

    Plessy and Beckie – you two will each receive a copy of “Spreading Joy!” And we are giving a bonus copy to Jim Cuckler because your calling isn’t easy, and we want to honor you for having the joy to say YES to it! Please email your mailing address to heather@wondherful.com and we will get those mailed out to you ASAP.

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  • Heather
    July 16, 2012

    What wondHerful answers. Wow! You guys have this joy thing, down, GOOD! Our hats off to all of you for pursuing a life of joy in a life that is not easy. Yay you!!!

    Plessy and Beckie – you two will each receive a copy of “Spreading Joy!” And we are giving a bonus copy to Jim Cuckler because your calling isn’t easy, and we want to honor you for having the joy to say YES to it! Please email your mailing address to heather@wondherful.com and we will get those mailed out to you ASAP.

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