Nothing Short of Joy

Nothing Short of Joy

by Julie Genovese


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“A magical world of joy,”— Wayne Dyer.

A metaphysical illustration of Julie Genovese's dramatic change in perspective from an accidental victim of a rare form of dwarfism to a divine director, from silent repression to emotional freedom, from a mind riddled with fear to a life nothing short of joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933016597
Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julie Genovese: Julie Genovese was born and raised in northern New Jersey. After graduating from Hamilton College in NY, she moved to Boston and began a freelance art business with a hand painted card line becoming a specialty. After arthritis compromised the use of her right arm, life nudged her into the world of writing.

Currently she is a full-time mom, writing and painting from her New Jersey home where she lives with her husband and two sons. Julie is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Little People of America, and the Skyland Homeschool Association.

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Nothing Short of Joy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
plip More than 1 year ago
NOTHING SHORT OF JOY is a revelation. It shows just how resilient and triumphant the human spirit can be. It speaks to all of us and teaches us that we, too, can learn to dispel the myths that we hold as truths, and claim a life of beauty from one of fear. Ms. Genovese is an inspiration to us all.
mtnnote More than 1 year ago
This book is written with such honesty, openness, sincerity, and most of all, heart. The straight-forward and engaging writing draws you right in---I quickly became engrossed in Julie's story. It seemed as if I was traveling on the journey with her, and along the way, was learning from her insights, courage and determination. For anyone who faces or has faced challenges in life, there is something to be gained from reading this book. You cannot help but feel the pain of Julie's many trials, but you will be uplifted by the sincere account of her joy. I may have shed some tears, but in the end, I felt at peace. I closed the book feeling hopeful and inspired. I have now read it twice and it was just as good the second time.
Triscuit More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. After you read it - and you can't put it down - you want to hear more. Genovese's writing is beautiful. I feel smarter after reading this. There is so much to learn in her story. Get this book and be inspired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Breaks the mold of boring memoirs and autobiographies!, March 23, 2010 By Ariel K. (Bay Area, California) - See all my reviews This review is from: Nothing Short of Joy (Paperback) I am not the type who "loves a good memoir" because most authors just love to paint themselves in the best light possible. I was SO glad when I was recommended to this book because not only was it a quick read (took me a week to go cover to cover) but I actually enjoyed it! Julie's experiences with doctors as a kid and with relationships in college or with her parents throughout her whole life are relatable. I found the book was a great inspiration to realize that as humans we all share similar experiences and what Julie did with hers was just incredible. It was fantastic to hear that not only did she not let her physical stature keep her from climbing to new heights, but she found ways to make herself an escalator straight to the top! A very inspirational read. The way she comes to peace with herself and the people in her life was very touching and seriously relatable for anyone. You don't have to be a little person to want to read this book, it trancends all boundaries and offers lessons we should all consider.
CynthiaSueLarson More than 1 year ago
Author Julie Bond Genovese was born a genetic dwarf, meaning she faced a number of challenges in life in addition to all the usual ones most children face growing up. With extraordinary love and honesty, Genovese describes how it felt to look, feel and be treated differently than other children, while all the while not quite knowing or even talking about why this would be. Genovese's gift for sharing the traumatic medical examinations she routinely endured from a child's eye view is revelatory to caregivers without casting them in the role of villains, so much as being completely unaware of the potential negative impact of their unfortunate bedside manner. Parents can gain a great deal of compassion as well for how their well-intentioned actions and words can fail to provide their children with a sense of protection at times they feel most vulnerable. Genovese excels at telling her story from such a grounded, heartfelt center that readers can effortlessly find ourselves viewing the world from a dwarf's eye vantage point... discovering much to our surprise that such a world can be a wonderful place to live. One of the things that impressed me most about Genovese's story is that while Julie could at many points in her life have justified becoming righteously angry or accusatory toward those who treated her unfairly, or escaped into any number of psychologically protective defenses, she instead found a way to communicate her true feelings in a way that helped everyone transform and grow. "Nothing Short of Joy" has great wisdom for all readers wishing to make the most of their lives, particularly those who feel they have been dealt a bad hand of cards in life. As Genovese writes, "It turns out that in the great celestial card game, there's no such thing as a bad hand." I highly recommend "Nothing Short of Joy" for its heartfelt warmth, emotional honesty, and inspirational and uplifting wisdom.
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Forever_Young More than 1 year ago
I had no idea just how much this book pertained to everyone till I read it. It is not a simple memoir about the life of a dwarf. It is a revelation about all of us. If you've ever felt different, picked on, lost or just having a hard time figuring out who you are, you owe it to yourself to read this book. I would strongly recommend this book not just for your own growth but to help you understand and accept the other people in your life. This book may be just what your troubled teen needs. The reviews from the prominent authors who have stepped up to endorse this book, such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, are spot on. You should take a moment to visit the authors web site to see for yourself what fantastic accolades this new author is receiving. I strongly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago