Joy, No Matter What: Make Three Simple Choices to Access Your Inner Joy

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These books are based on the premise that while people may not have power over their circumstances, they can control their response to those circumstances. According to Hobbs, a licensed marriage and family therapist, more joy can be experienced in life if one becomes aware of one's current feelings and then responds differently to those that are negative. To that end, Hobbs recommends a three-step approach, which she developed from principles found in New Age spirituality, bioenergetics, and other disciplines. Using case studies and personal examples, readers are taught how to "make friends" with anger, fear, shame, and destructive belief systems. For those interested in digging deep into their psyches, this book would be helpful and is recommended for larger self-help collections. Best-selling writer Casey (Each Day a New Beginning) offers a less intense read built around 12 meditations to help readers to "let go and let God," so to speak. While some religious and Alcoholics Anonymous-based solutions are woven throughout, the prescriptions for peace and well-being are sound and involve various truisms, e.g., that obsessing about others can make people sick. She encourages readers to stop judging, do no verbal harm, be peaceful rather than right, and learn from all experiences. This book is small, is easy to digest, and would likely be taken from the display shelf by someone needing a psychological boost. Recommended for most libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573249683
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    Choosing Joy is a Daily Practice

    I felt like I had found a wise companion when I read Carolyn Hobbs¿ Joy No Matter What.JOY is a gem. Practical, accessible, down-to-earth. From real examples in her clients' lives, Ms. Hobbs offers clear guidelines in how to work with emotions and life experiences to glean the greatest joy. This is not woo woo stuff. The author writes with clarity and compassion, for a wide audience, not just therapists and healers, but the lay person. Wisdom that belongs at the bedside and desktop, appealing to a wide audience.As a bodyworker, writer and teacher who supports elders through life transitions,I find that I reach for JOY as a faithful guide and tool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Alive with Joy!

    As a chiropractor I have a great interest in that which brings peace, more joy and life into anyone's life. In reading Carolyn Hobb's book, 'Joy, No Matter What', she condensed what I have been trying to communicate for some 28 years. This book is alive! One gets the sense that Ms. Hobbs has experieced completely what she is writing about and holds nothing back in communicating her deepest truths. If you are interested in playing full out in life, holding nothing back, this book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    Honest, Compelling and Heartfull

    This author takes us gently by the hand and introduces loving, honest and relateable concepts and tools for finding peace and joy in everyday life situations. It is such a clear and honest read for anyone who desires more joy and peace in their lives. Give yourself the gift of reading this extraordinarily fine book and give it to your friends and loved ones. This book truly delivers what the titles promises and much much more!

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