Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears

Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears

by Margaret Feinberg

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ISBN-13: 9781633891579
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, andWonderstruck and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more.

She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the '40 Under 40' who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the troubles of this worked darken our days - depression, disease, financial dearth - the ancient temptation “to curse God and die” wells deep within us. In her new book Fight Back with Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less, Stare Down Your Greatest Fears., Margaret Feinberg vulnerably shares her own battle with the deadliest of cancers. She puts skin on the fears and voices questions most of us are too terrified to even speak out loud. However, her beautiful honest struggle isn’t the primary focus of this work. Rather, Feinberg recounts her personal choice to combat overwhelmingly bleak circumstances with the brightest expression of joy. Don’t think of this as a happy-clappy naive approach to having her life ripped away, but rather a difficult and conscience decision to encounter the darkness with light, deep sorrow with deep, lasting joy. No matter your personal fight, your life will be changed through the reading of this hope-filled book. It is, in my opinion, the most important and well written she has ever penned. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fight Back With Joy will make you laugh, weep, and have many "aha" moments. Margaret Feinberg is a master wordsmith, weaving in Biblical truths to every day experiences. Her battle facing a deadly disease shines light onto the true meaning and purpose of JOY- as a weapon to poke holes in the darkness around you. Something we all could use more of. I especially loved reading all the extras in the appendix: 5 Things to Say When You Don't Know What to Say, 8 Things Those Facing Crisis Can't Tell You (But Wish They Could), and 6 Lessons I Learned from Crisis. She equips you to know exactly what to say and do for those in crisis. Fight Back With Joy is not only a book I will return to again and again, but a book I will be giving to all my loved ones, friends, and church staff. If you ever wanted to understand how to support those facing crisis, this is the book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fight Back with Joy is a wonderful book! Margaret Feinberg has an amazing gift of captivating her reading audience with a comfortable writing style. Whether you are currently facing your greatest trial or not, this book is beautifully inspiring! Feinberg gives practical ways to fight for joy in the midst of life's struggles. A true gift to anyone wanting to experience more joy in their life!
KellyJinNV More than 1 year ago
Fight Back with Joy is a book you will want to read and then reread - and then share it with your friend - and then reread - and then share it with more friends! Beautifully written, Margaret's style is warm, personable, and a pleasure to read. If you want some victory in your life, you will want to read Fight Back with Joy!
kanichols More than 1 year ago
Thank You Margaret Feinberg for bringing a real, readable invitation to dig deep into joy and pain, mourning and celebration! A eclectic group by age and life experience is doing the DVD series and is connecting, growing and learning together. The community of pain and celebration is a deeply connecting place that levels the playing field of life as a group and has us walking away feeling supported by shared experience regardless of background, history or specifics. The book, workbook(which includes great group interactive activities) and DVD has all been used as a mix and match based on each individuals style of learning and their time but ALL have benefitted from whatever material in this series they are using! Thank you, thank you! This material is a JOY BOMB!
jrrogers27 More than 1 year ago
How many bible studies have you partaken of in your lifetime?  Fluff? Fluff? And more fluff?  The vast majority of them hit high on the promises, and fall short on the delivery.  Skimming the surface of life, family, emotions, and the Bible.   Margaret Feinberg, puts the rest to shame.  She has been through the fire, she maintained throughout, and arrived on the other side, a grand jewel in the crown of our Lord!  She digs in there, she helps you to open it up, examine it, play with it, and put it back together properly (whatever it is) so that we can all be jewels for our Lord.   The first week, I was thinking I wouldn't like this study at all, oh my she is way to perky...  But that next week after you've started her story... WAY TO GO, Margaret.  Teach me to be like you.  To harness the Joy that is given me by God's Holy Spirit, to maintain through adversity the reason my joy is there.   I wholeheartedly recommend this book to EVERYONE.  If your struggling to find the joy, feel as if you've lost the joy, have no clue where to look for the joy...  GET this book!  The team that has put this together with Margaret, have gone out of their way to support you on your journey, with the additional stuff on the website, the daily encouragement from emails that are not condescending as most are.  Truly someone that can help lots and lots of people.  
JSto More than 1 year ago
Through her artful craftsmanship of words and emotions, Margaret Feinberg takes the hand of her readers from beginning to end and empowers them with truth to respond as she calls: to Fight Back with Joy.  Possessing a rare and beautifully raw voice, Feinberg befriends readers instantly through her candid and expressive account of survival and brings them to places of acceptance, celebration, and peace through a perfect balance of sharing her own personal journey, inspiring Biblical stories, and reflections of God’s plan for us to live joyfully.  Defining joy through her unique perspective not only provides fresh insight but also transforms the soul. This book is the perfect source of comfort and mending for the broken-hearted.  This book twists and challenges our worldly view of tragedy.  This book presents a mission to live through tragedy differently.  Share this book.  Give it to others, and keep on giving life to others by living with the spirit of fighting back with joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Beautiful Story of Courage, Born of Joy Margaret Feinberg's Fight Back with Joy is a beautifully written and deeply candid book that draws from the writer's first-hand, harrowing experiences in battling cancer to share lessons of Joy applicable to adversities of all kinds we will face in life. Her writing style is rich with images that relate her immediate struggles to the sources of strength that give her courage and peace. A wonderful treasure that I am truly blessed to have read and reflected upon.
DorieDM More than 1 year ago
Margaret Feinberg is one of my very favorite Christian authors. Our Bible Study group went through her "Wonderstruck" series and that is when I fell in love with her and her writing.She speaks directly to the reader in a very understandable format. Her always positive outlook and beautiful Godly perspective is very refreshing. She can take a horrible disease such as the breast cancer she has been dealing with and turn it into joy. It is a must read for anyone who is feeling rejected or discouraged or for anyone who just needs more joy in their life. One of the passages that spoke to me was "the spiritual growth we experience in trying times, though often more gradual and painful than we'd like, is occasion for celebration. It's not in the absence of difficulties but in their presence that God bestows a mighty blessing on us." Read this book - you will be uplifted and begin to see with a new perspective. Hold on my child, joy comes in the morning!!
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book. We can talk about joy so casually. This book will make you cry & laugh & realize to fight for your joy every day in every circumstance. Margaret writes vulnerably and openly bringing a deeper awareness of God to our souls. Truly a must read, and read again and again. A book to reach for whenever discouragement comes nipping at our hearts. This is a book we all need to read as it contains a message we all need to embrace!
PJLocke More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Margaret Feinberg has done it again!  Margaret writes from the heart in her new book 'Fight Back with JOY'!  She is  transparent in revealing her pain, distress, discouragement, and weaknesses.  But in so doing, she brings glory to the ONE who has given  her JOY over pain, JOY in the midst of suffering, heartache, disappointment, and there's a renewed vitality and strength in the way Margaret is able to communicate as she battles this horrific storm in her life - aggressive breast cancer.  The balance of scripture and song  is amazingly accomplished!  I loved that her husband, Leif Oines, #1 chief caregiver of Margaret, devoted husband, outstanding cook, and M F's best friend, also writes  about his experience and the importance of caring for oneself in the midst of caring for the person you love most while going through a life  or death struggle.  Victory is in Jesus!  He has shown Himself strong where Margaret and Leif both felt weak.  This book will encourage anyone who loves God and knows that He is with us through anything we encounter to bring us real JOY!  It's a testimony of His love and faithfulness where the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  God is triumphant!  All who trust in Him, will never be disappointed!   Read this book for yourself . . . and see how GREAT  is our God!
JanReads2 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I wanted to know how to fight back with joy.  It is a beautiful book about joy, and about Margaret's battle with cancer.  Cancer is much more than a physical battle, it is emotional too,  and this is why Margaret chose to "Fight Back With Joy"!  She used all the medical tools available, surgery, chemo, and radiation.  Through it all, she chooses joy.  Margaret brings you into her life, into her mind,  and gives you a gift.  She gives you joy.  She gives you the weapon needed to fight any battle in life, JOY!   Once you read thisbook, you will be able to fight your own battles, with joy.  Being a cancer survivor,  I identified with many of her feelings, and experiences with harsh cancer treatments.  But "Fight Back With Joy"  is not just about cancer, it is about any difficult times in life.  I have always used prayer in difficult times,  but now I will be able to use joy, too.
EileenMK More than 1 year ago
Margaret did a beautiful job on this book.  She didn't just write about fighting back with joy...she lived it! I think that's one thing readers will love most about this book, Margaret doesn't just share the easy days...she shares everything in between too. If you are   in search of a book that will remind you that joy is possible even in the hardest of season, this is it!  
DarleneK1 More than 1 year ago
This book was such an inspiration and encouragement -no matter what the struggle is you are going through. Margaret gives a very real and open account of her battle with cancer and its treatments. I was  overwhelmed and moved to tears by the time I finished this book. Highly recommend this book to be able to find hope and joy in the darkest of struggles. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Not only did it describe how to find your own joy but it also helped in understanding how we can support others in their struggles and in finding their joy when they are going through difficult situations. Margaret described her cancer-fighting journey but she explained her emotions and own joy moments and struggles. A book worth sharing - which I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently had the privilege to hear Margaret speak at our annual Advent breakfast and left feeling refreshed and challenged to intentionally look for joy each day. I was enjoying the advent morning while four friends stayed home because of serious health issues. I have given each of those friends a copy of the book. One of the friends who is stuggling with an auto-immune disease and depression read it completely in 24 hours. Her spirit has been refreshed and she is rereading the book more slowly now with a new determination to fight back with joy. Everyone has things they are battling some more serious and life threading than others. I'm sure we all have someone in our lives who we could bless with a copy of this book. Praise God for giving Margaret the desire to fight back and to share her journey with us. Many will be blessed and challenged by this book.
kclem More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Fight Back with Joy...and I absolutely loved it. I laughed and I cried. It was much more personal than Margaret's other books that I've read, and I so appreciated learning about her experience with cancer. There are so many things that I gleaned from her story: how everyone's experience with cancer, trauma, disappointment, etc. is unique; how my response to others' difficulties (and my own) can be powerful and life-changing; how the Bible relates to and informs our most devastating experiences. It wouldn't be a book by Margaret without numerous Biblical references, some familiar, others quite unfamiliar. This is a brave, challenging and inspiring read. I highly recommend it.
mattdgreene More than 1 year ago
Just as the title of her newest book suggests, Margaret's life reflects the secret to finding great joy in life's greatest difficulties. And the secret is really no secret at all, but a hard truth. A hard, but loving truth. Life is a battle and joy is a weapon. It comes with hard work, sweat, tears. Often it's found in the darkest nights and the fiercest battles. If you're looking for someone to tell you that life is rainbows and sunshine, butterflies and unicorns, then I'm afraid Margaret and her book will disappoint. But if you're looking for someone who cares enough and loves enough to be honest, is willing to be vulnerable and share the hard truths, knows how to make you cry and how to make you laugh, and someone who knows what it's like to suffer but refuses to give up, then please take the time to read this book. Allow Margaret to take you on a journey through the dark in order to open your eyes to the joy that's not just found in the morning, but to find the hidden and secret joy that can only be found in our mourning. If you are willing you will find she does not leave us hopeless and in despair, but helps us to "awaken to the deepest reality of our identity as beloved, delightful children of God." Note: While I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Publishing for review, I was not paid by the publisher or author to review and feature it. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! I meant to leisurely read through and take time to contemplate each chapter, but was so pulled in by Margaret's story and the helpful content that I couldn't put it down! I devoured the book in one sitting. Now I am going back through it to take time to let the content steep as I read slowly. I found it so helpful that I purchased several more copies to share with friends and family that are enduring very difficult circumstances so they could also have some hope and encouragement from this book. One of my friends shared that she is getting many golden nuggets as she reads this book that are helping her in dealing with her husband's Altzheimer's diagnosis.
TParker0 More than 1 year ago
This is Margaret's finest and most personal study by far. If I could give this 6 stars I would! Every woman needs to go through this study whether or not they feel like they need more joy in their life.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
"Fight Back with Joy" has been a life changing, thought changing book for me. Margaret shares her own story of getting cancer and what it has meant in her life. The ups and downs, but mostly, finding joy where ever she can through her faith in God. The greatest thing about this book is how real and honest Margaret is. She shares her story honestly and you feel like you're sitting with her over coffee and getting to know her. I highlighted this book on almost every page. As I'm going through my own health issues, I found her book so helpful and encouraging! It really has helped me to have a new attitude about my struggles. One of my most favorite things she said is this: "The Great Give is parachuting people into your life to remind you that you are not alone. Perhaps you've been distracted by those who have vanished....(then she goes on to say later) Even if you feel alone, God has positioned people waiting in the wings to spring into action. They may not be the faces of those you expect, but if you keep your heart and eyes open you may be surprised by whom God uses." It was almost as though she was reading my journal and my mind. I had been doing exactly that. Distracted by those who have vanished from my life, however, I started to see I had a core group of people who have circled the wagons around me and have never left. The whole book was like this for me. Beautiful pearls of wisdom and insight that have helped me to look at my situation in a whole new light and with joy! Whether you're going through a health issues, a family problem, or anything else, this book will show you how to find joy in your life, have greater faith, and understand that there is joy, even in those dark situation. It will also show you how to reach out to others with joy when they are going through those hard times. In my opinion, this is a must-have book for everyone. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by Worthy Publishing
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  *Fight Back with Joy* is two things at once.  First, it's a deeply personal story of Margaret's battle with cancer. My Grammy just dealt with sarcoma cancer, and the details of hospital and chemo were terrifying to read. Cancer is such a scum-sucking disease, and I wish we could rid the world of it. It's not comfortable to read about it, and I can't imagine living it. The phrase "in the trenches" doesn't begin to do it justice.  That what makes the second part of this story so incredible. How could a couple dealing with so much pain and devastation possibly decide that JOY was going to be their weapon of choice? When anger, bitterness, resentment, and cynicism could have choked their hearts, how did they embrace joy? And what is this joy they speak of- that they discovered in the agony of cancer treatments, that they sought to pour out on other patients, that they want to grow ever-more aware of in their lives?   Margaret says: "C. S Lewis described joy as serious business, yet I assumed I could take joy lightly, capturing it in my free time like fireflies in a mason jar. I learned that you need mush more to unleash the power of joy. You need chutzpah, you need backbone, you need intentionality, and sometimes you need a crisis."  Over the course of this book, Margaret unpacks some big ideas. Listen to this bold claim: "Joy is your heritage, identity, and destiny."  How could that not move us, not make us thirst for what she describes?  Then she moves to lessons that she learned- The journey to Joy begins with acceptance. The journey to Joy advances through adaptability. The journey to Joy leads us to greater dependence on Christ. Joy waits for us in the morning, and comes to us through our mourning.  Joy will rarely make sense, but as Rich Mullins might say, it will make life.   Reading this made me want to claim her motto as my family's own- Joyful Are We!  Thank you Worthy Publishing for my review copy. 
KathleenBrooks-LifeCoach More than 1 year ago
Having been an avid Margaret Feinberg reader for several years .... and a three-time breast cancer ... I opened this precious book with eagerness, maybe a touch of fear and wondering how the Lord worked joy in Margaret's heart during what I know could likely have been the challenge of a lifetime. I poured through the pages of Fight Back with Joy with amazement sharing my enthusiasm with anyone I came into contact with including my doctor, physical therapist, friends, family, coaching clients and in my blog! My prayer is that the Lord will use this tender and grace-filled book in the lives of countless people to challenge others, as it did me, to Fight Back with Joy and lean hard on the Lord, as He has us in His grip, His love and His sovereignty. Home-run Margaret! I cannot wait to use this book and the DVD study in retreats, in our women's ministry at church, in Bible studies, in my coaching practice and with women battling cancer and other challenges in their lives to give them hope and a re-focus of Joy in the Lord! Thank you Margaret for being willing to share with us such a private look into your battle with and victory over cancer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Margaret has done it again! She has written my favorite book of the year! I couldn't put it down! I read it start to finish in just a few days. It's real. It's honest. It's practical. It's challenging. All with her beautiful words that provide just the right visual picture. I bought copies for all my friends and I can't wait to go through her DVD Bible study with the my group in 2015. This book will be a blessing to you or anyone you know. JOY is a topic that I have sought to incorporate into my life for many years, and this book makes the application come alive with practical suggestions. LOVE IT!