Can't Steal My Joy: The Journey to a Different Kind of Brave

Can't Steal My Joy: The Journey to a Different Kind of Brave

by Bekah Bowman


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We are all broken.

It’s a unified human experience.

And we all need a hope that doesn't disappoint,

a love that anchors us,

joy that survives in unthinkable conditions,

and a perspective shift that goes beyond our circumstances.

Some days we feel the perfection of sunshine and a light breeze. Other days hold wet, gray skies with drowning grief. In the wake, comes promise of new growth. Still other days a cold winter frost catches us by surprise, halting our journey toward fruitful blooms. We step back, reeling at the damage from this frost. We question the system and environment we grow in.

We can exist in this garden dictated by the changing weather patterns. Or, we can see a different kind of brave living–that which exists beyond our fragile stems and dainty leaves, living instead deep in our roots.

This book is for those sitting in the deep-down dark, traveling with grief as a constant companion, and anyone whose life path has taken an unexpected turn.

Bekah shares the heart break of a fatal diagnosis for not just one, but both her children. As she journeyed through dark valleys of death, it was there she experienced Jesus in a whole new way–in deeply broken places. Her journey holding pain in one hand and joy in the other is vulnerably scribbled out on these pages as she tore open the wounds in her soul to share how Christ created beauty and goodness in it all. It was in this journey, she learned to see wholeness in cracks, courage in the broken-hearted, and bravery in the act of letting go.

May you discover the Life-Giver of joy,

see your beautiful bloom,

and know that hope is always worth holding on to,

because redemption is coming—and in fact—is already happening here and now.

"Can't Steal My Joy is an honest, real-life account of a life storm that drops down right on top of you with no warning - and the unspeakable beauty that blooms from the wreckage. Bekah's heart beats in every page, every word. To read her story from start to not-yet-finished, it's only natural to wonder how anyone could survive something like this. But the truth is that Bekah and Danny have done much more than survive. They have thrived. And as for the how? Jesus - only Jesus. God's grace weaves seamlessly throughout each moment of confusion, devastation, hope, surrender, and triumph. You cannot read this book without seeing the Creator and longing for all things new." Anne Riley, author of Voyage to the Star Kingdom

"I had the absolute pleasure of being able to read Bekah Bowman’s book, Can’t Steal My Joy, before it hit the bookshelves. I honestly have not read anything so moving and soul stirring since, The Shack. Whether you are in a season of mourning or grief, or in my case, struggling in the heaviness of life to find peace and joy within, this book helps lift the veil of sadness to reveal God’s promise that He never leaves you. God makes his presence known everyday in little ways if you only stop to look for the joy outside the pain. Bekah is a gifted writer and I’m so excited to share this book with my friends and family." Melinda, founder of WhenLife Co

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733151900
Publisher: Rebekah Bowman
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 212,976
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Bekah was born and raised in Idaho. She, her husband and boys have had the privilege of living in the Midwest, Southern California and Idaho--twice! She loves every place they've called home because of the people they did life with along the way.

Bekah graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in children's ministry and launched into ministry after graduation. She served as a children's pastor in Idaho, Illinois, and California and assumed it would be a lifelong career. But then Batten came beating on their door. She stepped out of the workforce to be home full-time.

Those years at home were precious. It was during that time; she discovered a love for writing that would move beyond her journal entries. Bekah shares her work across different publications now, speaks at events for women and moms, and enjoys being part of God's redemptive and hope-filled story in this way.

Besides writing, Bekah is passionate about bridging the gap between churches and families with disabilities. Because she was a children's pastor for several years and then a rare disease mama, she identifies with both sides of the struggle. Her hope is to use her knowledge and experience to help church become a place of belonging for everyone.

When she isn't writing, you might find Bekah at the office working as the Volunteer Manager for her community's local Guardian ad Litem (CASA) program, spending time with her hubby and son and two dogs, or jumping in on an indoor soccer game. She loves coffee, fresh journals, and meaningful conversation. And most of all, she loves being a small part of God's Big Story.

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Can't Steal My Joy: The Journey to a Different Kind of Brave 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
kjones0991 2 days ago
A true story of brokenness and redemption. A heart wrenching experience for anyone and everyone struggling with their own brokenness and finding grace and redemption in His love. Well worth reading and it makes a great option for a book club, Bible study, or life group.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Beautiful story with a beautiful message of hope. This book is perfect for anyone who has ever suffered loss and wondered how they would go on!
Anonymous 13 days ago
I have been following Bekah’s story on her blog for a few years. I’m so glad to have a book now to put all the pieces together as well as share with my friends and family. Can’t Steal My Joy is a “must read” for EVERYONE not just someone suffering with grief and loss. The way Bekah communicates through her writing is honest, raw, and relatable. It helps me to question myself while dealing with life to find joy and purpose even through the hard stuff. This book is life changing and one that I will always cherish.
Anonymous 14 days ago
This book speaks to the heart in very real ways. It is thought-provoking and brings to light all of the feels that go along with losing someone to a fatal disease . . . joy, anger, grief, happiness, sadness, regret . . . all of it. The author is open about what the family experienced and didn't embellish in any way. Well written and definitely worth the time to read it once, twice, even three times. Loved it!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Everyone has that friend or acquaintance that you look at and wonder how do they manage or how do they get through the struggles of the life they've been dealt. I felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop with a girlfriend as I read this book. Highly recommend it. The struggles are real, the joy is real, and the love is real.
Anonymous 14 days ago
This book is aptly named. Learn how this family has chosen not to let anything steal thier joy as they have forged a road to a different kind of brave. The author is transparent and raw in her sharing of loss and grief. I really appreciated her honest and open sharing, as anyone who has experienced loss can truly relate. she doesn't leave you there, though. She just as boldly talks about the redemption of that grief and the path she found to joy. If you have experienced loss, or are struggling because of grief- you will connect with this book. If you want to share a hopeful word with someone going through loss , this book. If you wish you had a way to hep someone close to you understand a loss you have sustained, this book. Thank you ,Bekah for being willing to open your heart and share it with the world!
GPosing 14 days ago
This is a book that pulled every emotion out of my body and soul. Only God knows the plans he has for us. In life we always think well life will be this, but all the while God might bring us through a very rough devastating not able to go on type of situation. Do you cave under and quit living or do you let God bring you back up and find the peace and joy that you never knew you could feel? Bekah loses a tremendous loss and still can find JOY! Wow........this book will keep you reading, crying, laughing, and praising God!
Anonymous 14 days ago
This book is amazing! It is a heartbreaking and beautiful story of l love and grief and God’s amazing grace through it all. I recommend this for anyone no matter where you are on this life journey, this book is for you.
CLHO 14 days ago
This book will absolutely change your life! Bekah Bowman is a very captivating author. This family's journey of joy through grief will absolutely reach your soul and change your heart.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Have you ever experienced any kind of brokenness in your life? Who of us hasn’t? Whether you have walked the difficult journey of facing a terminal illness diagnosis being given to your child or you have been beaten down by the typical rhythms of life, then Can’t Steal My Joy will speak straight to your heart. Not only will it speak to your heart, but it will reach the depths of your heart where the biggest heartbreak exists while at the same time touching the peak of your heart where the greatest love and joy is found. Can’t Steal My Joy is a real-life account written with raw emotion and authenticity. We are invited to take a front row seat of the author’s own family’s journey in the face of severe adversity. In this seat, we hear from the author’s heart of how she learned pain and joy can co-exist. She shows us how she (and her family and friends) felt the biggest heartbreak and pain of their life and yet they were able to draw strength by fighting the real enemy of our souls and gaining a new perspective to see adversity through the lens of Jesus Christ – even when facing the largest heartbreak imaginable.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Can’t Steel My Joy encouraged me to not take a moment of my kids lives for granted. Even in the seasons that have been so incredibly trying, where I find myself wishing for things to be easier, I find myself remembering to change my perspective and love my kids deeper. Whether or not you have kids, this book inspires a perspective shift where gratitude and peace can be found even in one’s darkest hours.
Anonymous 20 days ago
I am reading, “Can’t Steal My Joy” by Bekah Bowman. She and her husband are experiencing the gut wrenching fact that not one, but both of their boys were diagnosed with Batten Disease for which there is no cure. Where are you, Lord? Where is our loving God through the death of their oldest, sweet 6- year-old Titus? Where are you, Lord, as their second son, Ely experiences similar symptoms of this disease? Bekah’s words through her blogs and commentary show her mama’s heart, her questions, her anger, her grief, her tears, and her joy as God holds her hands through heart-wrenching times. Bekah opens up her world and her inner most heart to her readers. “We are all broken,” Bekah shares. Are you experiencing grief, anger, or loss? Is someone in your world needing support from a difficult situation? This book can help you find joy and trust in the Lord through it all.
BlessedandGrateful 21 days ago
Bekah Bowman should have had this book printed on yellow-colored pages. I had so many highlights the entire book looks yellow. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "And you wonder why I'm so strong; why I don't just fall? Because God has used my community to reinforce what I already know: that He loves us and we are not alone. And I will do the very same for anyone else who finds themselves battling on the frontlines in their story." Keep a box of Kleenex close by and take, "The journey to a different kind of brave."