The Joy Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Life of Peace, Purpose, and Balance

The Joy Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Life of Peace, Purpose, and Balance


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Management consultant and Christian life coach Jeff Spadafora provides a blueprint for building a life of greater joy and delivers a plan for frustrated believers to become joyful followers.

An increasing number of adult American Christians are frustrated. Even as they read their Bibles, listen to sermons, and hang out with other Christians, they become painfully aware that something is missing: joy. As a result, many have given up on their faith being a source of joy, and instead they seek meaning, purpose, and joy through their Christian service, work, relationships, hobbies, possessions, or even more destructive and hollow substitutes.

In The Joy Model, Jeff Spadafora offers a better way, showing readers that joy comes from balancing the practical and spiritual sides of our lives—from the “Doing” and the “Being” of the Christian life. On the spiritual side, he reveals tried and true disciplines that move readers from knowing about God to actually experiencing him. On the practical side, he shows how to let our new understanding of God transform relationships, attitudes, finances, service, and work in ways that result in significant increases in joy. Weaving together his own spiritual journey, stories from his experience coaching others, and down-to-earth principles and practices, Spadafora helps readers find the joy in a life that is more vibrant and real than any they have experienced before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718083977
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jeff Spadafora is Director of the Halftime Institute’s Global Coaching Services and Product Development (, where he trains and manages the global Halftime Coaching staff. Earlier, Spadafora was a management consultant for twenty years with a focus on executive education and development for Fortune 500 companies. He lives with his family in Evergreen, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Introduction xvii

1 How Did I Get Here? 1

2 Smoldering Discontent 7

3 Frustration Revealed 15

4 What's Wrong? 23

5 Margin: Making Room for Change 42

6 Abiding: Life with the Spirit 61

7 Self-Awareness: Who Are You Really? 90

8 Treasure: The Green Monster 115

9 Engagement: Get in the Game! 127

10 Relationships: Your Richest Gifts 147

11 Don't Try This Alone 160

Acknowledgments 175

About the Author 177

Notes 179

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