Choosing Joy: The Secret of Living a Fully Christian Life

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What is joy?

Ask ten different people and you'll get ten different answers.

Yet if you asked:

• a man who grew up fatherless and destitute in the slums of Atlanta

• a young widow who decided to bring a neglected garden back to life in spite of agonizing physical pain and a deeply wounded spirit

• or author Dan Lord himself, ex-frontman for a popular indie rock band

each would...

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Overview

What is joy?

Ask ten different people and you'll get ten different answers.

Yet if you asked:

• a man who grew up fatherless and destitute in the slums of Atlanta

• a young widow who decided to bring a neglected garden back to life in spite of agonizing physical pain and a deeply wounded spirit

• or author Dan Lord himself, ex-frontman for a popular indie rock band

each would point to the one source of their joy: Jesus.

They made the choice for joy, against all odds, and so can you, though the obstacles might seem insurmountable. Worry and anxiety, pain and suffering, the daily grind-all these and more can block your path. When faced with such challenges, is it possible to get past the barriers, let go, and experience God's joy?

When you look around, you might wonder - although joy is a fruit of the Spirit, it doesn't seem to be hanging visibly from many Christian boughs. Choosing Joy aims to change that - and change your life in the process - as it helps you discover the key to this most attractive but seemingly elusive gift.

Choosing Joy will help you overcome the obstacles and focus your heart, mind, and strength on God so that you can receive the happiness and peace that the world cannot give.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612785745
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 197,323
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Lord is a capricious misanthrope living alone in a ramshackle hut by the railroad tracks. That is, he would be if not for the grace of God and his return to the Catholic Church. He spent years as a traveling musician in the sub-famous rock band, Pain, and he now has a BS from Spring Hill Jesuit College and an MTS from the University of Dallas. He is the editor of Catholic Exchange and his numerous articles have appeared in Crisis, National Catholic Register, Catholic News Agency, and Fathers For Good. He still enjoys composing and recording music. He is the proud father of five loud children and is married to the lovely Hallie Lord, editor and contributing author of Style, Sex and Substance (OSV, 2012).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 What We're Talking About 15

Chapter 2 The Nuts and Bolts of Joy 23

Chapter 3 Welcome Home, Miserable Self-Loathers: Obstacle One 33

Chapter 4 Peace vs. Anxiety: Obstacle Two 43

Chapter 5 On Not Being Issachar: Obstacle Three 51

Chapter 6 The Place Where Pain Goes: Obstacle Four 59

Chapter 7 Calling for Reinforcements 73

Chapter 8 Abandonment to God's Will 85

Chapter 9 In Action 93

Chapter 10 The Eucharist 105

Chapter 11 A Far Green Country 113

Epilogue 129

Notes 135

Bibliography 139

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