Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free

Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free

by Roxane Battle

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Overview

“No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.”       //       
 

Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jarod. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget.       //       
 
With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the guiding force as she searched for moments of gratitude and found a lifetime of grace. Alongside Roxane's practical tips for spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today's woman, Pockets of Joy reveals the incredible secret to a joy-filled life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629119106
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,014,907
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Roxane Battle is a Twin Cities journalist and author, best known for over twenty years in broadcast journalism including as co-host of the KARE 11-NBC Today show. Now owner of Roxane Battle, M. A., LLC, Roxane is a gifted video producer, drawing on decades of major market television news experience to produce award-winning videos for corporate and non-profit clients. Named an “Architect of Change,” Roxane is a featured contributor on mariashriver.com, and has also been featured in Working Mother and Ebony magazines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has given keynote addresses for civic, business, and philanthropic groups including the Girl Scouts, TeamWomen Minnesota, and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
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Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Picture it, Sicily 1922 … I so frequently think that as I sit down to write a review of a memoir or biography. It’s not Sicily, it’s the Twin Cities. It’s not 1922 however it is 19-something. A woman with a goal, ambition and a family that finds itself shrinking in ways that the woman never anticipated. No one starts life and a family anticipating divorce. Roxane didn’t either. She still had a goal and ambition to go with her new life as a single mother of an infant son. Like the rest of us, she made hard choices, many times putting her small family before her goals and ambitions. She made hard choices to give up promotions. She made hard choices that made her viewing public (did I forget to mention she was in TV broadcasting?) question her dedication to her chosen field. She gave up so much along the way. However, she gained so much more. This book comes in two parts. The first part tells the author’s story. Her story of goals and ambition and family and choices and finding joy in all the things along the way. She calls them pockets of joy. I really struggled to wrap my head around the idea of this. Not the joy part, that I totally get. Especially the finding joy in the little things. I just didn’t get the pockets thing. I kept trying to picture it in a myriad of different ways and each time came back wanting. My mind was trying to wrap this huge idea into a tiny little box. Like pockets of a shoe organizer? Like pockets in my jeans? Face it women’s jeans have tiny almost worthless pockets Like the pockets of Grandma’s apron? Like pockets of air? Like a pocketbook? Every time I was whirling into spin-off thought processes which, looking back, was probably more a distraction to keep me from truly finding the joy. I always zoned back in but man, the pockets were killing me. I was trying to view joy as store-able instead of experience-able. Hence, the literal pockets visuals. The rest of it…got it! The second part of this book is a step in a different direction. The author identified 7 different steps or areas that we can all learn from and work with to help with creating our own joy, no matter how we store or characterize it. She’s put a lot of thought and research and soul into these 7 steps. They aren’t the be all end all but if you are really working on finding more joy out of life and truly choosing to experience it, they are definitely a great starting point. Authenticity, Service and Generosity, Positive Connections, Gratitude, Self-Care, Yielding, and Forgiveness. From a words standpoint they may not seem like much, heck they make not even make sense in relationship to joy with just a word. The difference is, much like joy, each word has deeper roots into deeper ideas that can help a person experience deeper joy. I struggled at times with this book as I was trying to figure out how the author was storing joy but also that so much of her life I couldn’t relate to with mine. I wrapped myself up in this book because the never ending search for joy (not to be mistaken for happiness mind you) is something that we can all relate too. Joy is all around you, you just have to be willing to feel it. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Picture it, Sicily 1922 … I so frequently think that as I sit down to write a review of a memoir or biography. It’s not Sicily, it’s the Twin Cities. It’s not 1922 however it is 19-something. A woman with a goal, ambition and a family that finds itself shrinking in ways that the woman never anticipated. No one starts life and a family anticipating divorce. Roxane didn’t either. She still had a goal and ambition to go with her new life as a single mother of an infant son. Like the rest of us, she made hard choices, many times putting her small family before her goals and ambitions. She made hard choices to give up promotions. She made hard choices that made her viewing public (did I forget to mention she was in TV broadcasting?) question her dedication to her chosen field. She gave up so much along the way. However, she gained so much more. This book comes in two parts. The first part tells the author’s story. Her story of goals and ambition and family and choices and finding joy in all the things along the way. She calls them pockets of joy. I really struggled to wrap my head around the idea of this. Not the joy part, that I totally get. Especially the finding joy in the little things. I just didn’t get the pockets thing. I kept trying to picture it in a myriad of different ways and each time came back wanting. My mind was trying to wrap this huge idea into a tiny little box. Like pockets of a shoe organizer? Like pockets in my jeans? Face it women’s jeans have tiny almost worthless pockets Like the pockets of Grandma’s apron? Like pockets of air? Like a pocketbook? Every time I was whirling into spin-off thought processes which, looking back, was probably more a distraction to keep me from truly finding the joy. I always zoned back in but man, the pockets were killing me. I was trying to view joy as store-able instead of experience-able. Hence, the literal pockets visuals. The rest of it…got it! The second part of this book is a step in a different direction. The author identified 7 different steps or areas that we can all learn from and work with to help with creating our own joy, no matter how we store or characterize it. She’s put a lot of thought and research and soul into these 7 steps. They aren’t the be all end all but if you are really working on finding more joy out of life and truly choosing to experience it, they are definitely a great starting point. Authenticity, Service and Generosity, Positive Connections, Gratitude, Self-Care, Yielding, and Forgiveness. From a words standpoint they may not seem like much, heck they make not even make sense in relationship to joy with just a word. The difference is, much like joy, each word has deeper roots into deeper ideas that can help a person experience deeper joy. I struggled at times with this book as I was trying to figure out how the author was storing joy but also that so much of her life I couldn’t relate to with mine. I wrapped myself up in this book because the never ending search for joy (not to be mistaken for happiness mind you) is something that we can all relate too. Joy is all around you, you just have to be willing to feel it. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
This was a very uplifting memoir written in an easily-readable, conversational tone. The first part of the book describes how Roxane Battle dealt with being a single mother and a television journalist. In the second part of the book, Battle offers some teachings to the reader that are easily received, because Battle has already proven herself with her real-life examples. At the conclusion of the book, I was cheering for the author as she experienced a climactic event in her life. I was so proud of her for all the good decisions she had made. I recommend this book for all the uplifting, positive messages that it contains. It was also interesting to get insight into the television news industry. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Roxane Battle did not pull any stops in sharing her story of life’s disappointments, struggles, victories and choosing joy in her life. Pockets of Joy will give women, no matter their age and situation, a glimpse into how to overlook their issues and look inside to be strong and choose to find happiness from within. Battle is an individual many will recognize from her news anchor and public speaking platform that shined, no matter what was happening within her personal life, family dynamics and professional life. The chapter from her son’s perspective and ex-husband’s gave a clear picture of the lovely blossoming woman Roxane Battle truly is with her decision to always choose joy despite the circumstances of life. As Battle said, “Be good to yourself in whatever healthy and positive way helps you find joy.” Page 180 I received a complimentary copy of Pockets of Joy from Whitaker House, publisher, and the author for her tour with Celebrate Lit. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required. I would highly recommend all women reading Pockets of Joy, a gem in living a joyous life.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The first half of Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle is really a memoir of sorts, chronicling her life and her decision to choose joy in the midst of tough circumstances. It’s written in a very engaging style, as though we are sitting down with mugs of hot chocolate for a cozy chat. Along her journey, you see pockets of joy that God has carved out for her – moments of laughter, moments of blessing, and moments where she simply sees beyond the struggle. In the second half of the book, Battle moves into more of a practical application guide. While each chapter in this section is still peppered with personal anecdotes, it also gives 7 steps that we ourselves can take to find those pockets of joy that God has placed in our own lives. With Scripture heading every chapter, she also emphasizes along the way that, while God has offered us joy in the middle of pain, it’s up to us to choose it. Again, her writing style is very conversational and friendly, while at the same time being well-written and concise. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
EricaDiehnPHD More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. A must read! I soaked up this gem, cover to cover, in one evening because I just couldn't put it down. This book is for all: mothers, young women, single moms, those with even more life experience, you name it -- you will be blessed by this book. Roxane writes with authenticity, the raw honesty and clarity that can only come from someone filled with wisdom and grace. This book will inspire you to live your best life and enjoy every pocket of joy, tucking those precious memories away and choosing happiness each day. The personal life-story of a woman many have seen on television or speaking publicly from a stage shows just how vulnerable we each are, yet Roxane has the boldness and courage to speak out, letting each of us in for a glimpse of her journey. I am continually inspired and renewed by her words, "do a little bit of a lot of the things you enjoy." Life has its ups and downs, and life is BUSY....but we need to encourage each other, especially as women, and this book will help you keep the right perspective. I highly recommend you read Pockets of Joy and anxiously await the author's next published work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago