Finding joy in the trying and messy times of life can be hard. When you are in the middle of chaos, it seems the last thing we look for is the joy. But life doesn't have to be like this, does it? That is why I wanted to read Simple Joys: Discovering Wonder in the Everyday by Candace Payne when I got the chance to read it recently. In this book, Candace shares personal stories that are important to her and how she personally found joy in them. She also shares how she takes the joy she gets from these stories and applies it to her everyday life. She tells how she finds joy not only in the good times but also in some of the hardest times of her life.
I received a 150 page, hardcover book to review. It is divided into eight chapters and also includes a preface, epilogue, acknowledgments, and about the author page. Each chapter includes a Bible verse page, a reading selection, a question for digging deeper with journaling pages that you can write out your answers on. There is also a section in the back of the book for notes if you want to use it. Throughout the book, you will find extra Bible verses and key thoughts. Candace gives simple tips throughout the book of ways that you can start looking for joy in your everyday life. I thought the book was laid out well, it has beautiful images, and it was encouraging to read.
I read this Christian non-fiction book by Candace Payne, who you may know better as "Chewbacca Mom," as part of my daily devotions in just over a week. The stories that Candace tells are heartfelt and relatable. I found them encouraging and inspiring. Reading this book, I realized that joy doesn't always look like a happy, smiling face, but it sometimes looks like savoring the moments and cherishing those around you. I also realized that you might not even see the joy at the moment you are in, but you will see it when you reflect on that moment and look for what went right. If I want to find more joy, I have to look for it and be aware of it. I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking to find the Simple Joy in your everyday life. It is available to purchase here.
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