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Choose Joy

Because Happiness Isn't Enough

Author Kay Warren
Narrator Kay Warren
Runtime 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date March 13, 2012
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Ever wonder why some people seem to experience joy in their daily lives--even in the tough times--and others can't seem to find it no matter how hard they search? Is a joy-filled life really possible? The answer is yes! And it's possible for every woman, no matter what her circumstances may be. In this inspiring book, Kay Warren teaches women what joy really is, where to find it, and how to choose it in the good times and the bad. With compassion and wisdom, she shows readers--even those who live with the constant companions of discouragement and depression--that true joy is deeper, richer, and more accessible than they might think. Perfect for small groups or individual reading, Choose Joy will empower women who feel like their emotions and well-being are at the mercy of others by helping them understand the life-giving truth that joy is within their grasp--every day.

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Ever wonder why some people seem to experience joy in their daily lives--even in the tough times--and others can't seem to find it no matter how hard they search? Is a joy-filled life really possible? The answer is yes! And it's possible for every woman, no matter what her circumstances may be.

In this inspiring book, Kay Warren teaches women what joy really is, where to find it, and how to choose it in the good times and the bad. With compassion and wisdom, she shows listeners--even those who live with the constant companions of discouragement and depression--that true joy is deeper, richer, and more accessible than they might think. Perfect for small groups or individual reading, Choose Joy will empower women who feel like their emotions and well-being are at the mercy of others by helping them understand the life-giving truth that joy is within their grasp--every day.

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I listen to this book over and over again on my tablet. It makes you reflect on so many things and in so many actions we do that make us loose our joy. I thank the author for this wonderful book. It has helped me a lot and I have been able to use it to help others.
Review by / (Posted on 9/3/2013)
Very encouraging and good teaching. Well worth listening to. Thanks Kay.
Review by / (Posted on 4/7/2013)
Inspiring book!
Encouraging book with many practical examples.
Review by / (Posted on 4/6/2013)
Amazing Book
Life changing. I highly recommend it. I was able to listen to it from my cell phone during my commute time.
Review by / (Posted on 4/4/2013)
The train of life is coming and we choose what side of the tracks we will live on
Last year we adopted our long awaited son from Rwanda. However, while I was still in Africa completing the process my dad suddenly died of a heart attack. That news was devastating at the same time my new son was in my arms in his new forever family. I was at a cross roads to "Choose Joy" in the midst of sorrows....Kay's words echoed in my mind while I went through that season...
Review by / (Posted on 3/20/2013)
Awesomely blessed!
Thank you for such a wonderful blessing and generous gift! I will treasure it!
Review by / (Posted on 3/19/2013)
Makes some good points, most especially that joy is a decision, and one that we really can choose to make. However, there are some errors related to theology and counseling, and you would do well to listen to these lectures before listening to the book.
Review by / (Posted on 3/11/2013)
Wonderful to listen to and calming
It addresses how I have felt, the questions I have asked but never been able to find solutions. It allows you to be human. People often make you feel guilty for having negative thoughts. Fay Warren makes you feel like you are still loved and that it is okay and acceptable to feel the way you feel and she leads you to how you can find Christ in the midst of the storm. It was one of the best books I have ever read or listened to.

Thank you christianaudio and thank you Fay Warren.
Review by / (Posted on 3/2/2013)
Choosing Joy Souns So Easy
Choosing Joy sounds so simple and easy. And perhaps for this author it may have been easy enough for her to do so. I give this book four stars because it is full of simple reminders and obvious reasons to choose joy, but it just was not an earth shattering book. I personally didn't care for the author reading her own book. This completely contradicts my personal preference that an author actually read his/her own book. However, if the author does not present it well enough, then by all means bring in a professional. This author starts out reading the book sounding very uptight and nervous. Almost fake and scripted, until further along she when gets more comfortable with herself, her words, and thoughts. An author who reads their own book should sound like a friend having a conversation. If it is indeed their own thoughts and ideas, then the conversation should flow easily.

Another distraction was the blanket opinion by the author about the reader. The author continually says: "You are" whether it is what we are thinking or feeling or doing or fill in the blank. How can the author possibly know what we are in any context, and to state so is mighty presumptuous. Many times it was offensive to me, because NO, I do not think that way, or am not thinking that way at this moment, or I have never thought that. Trivial I guess, but meaningful to me.

Choosing to listen to the audio version by Kay Warren allows you to multi-task, but if you have the time, sit down with a pen and paper. She references multi versions of the bible and verses to go along with her topic of discussion. She uses a lot of the "new" bibles and leans heavily on The Message translation. I do not recall her once using the King James version or The New King James version. To be able to write down the verse and be able to look it up afterwards, or even pause the audio and look it up immediately, would be handy and helpful in your quest for finding joy.

Overall the reminders alone are worth a read or a listen to this book. Do I think it will instantly change a person and their view on life? No. But what a great opportunity for someone if it does happen to do that for them!

I was given a copy of this audio book through My honest review of this book is read above.
Review by / (Posted on 4/2/2012)
Very engaging and biblical
Choose Joy by Kay Warren is a very encouraging book. The author is engaging and down-to-earth in her writing, and this makes the book easy to follow and pay attention. There are parts that will make you laugh, or nod, or admit "that's me, definitely", and it's done in a friendly sort of way that encourages you to keep on going.

The teaching Warren provides about joy is biblical and God-centered, and she emphasizes this through a statement she recommends memorizing: "Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things". This statement sets the stage for the rest of the book, as she takes readers through the Bible to show us that while suffering is an inevitable and even necessary part of life, we can choose to be joyful through it. It is very encouraging in this regard.

The author herself is the narrator for the audiobook, and she does a great job reading it. Listening to the audiobook is very enjoyable. The reading is done in a conversational tone that is clear and just the right speed, which is very welcoming for listeners.

This review was made possible by the christianaudio Reviewers Program.
Review by / (Posted on 4/1/2012)
It didn't suit my fancy - but it could be worth a listen for you...
Recently I was asked by to review the book Choose Joy by Kay Warren. It seems like a sound book. It took me a little longer to listen to it because I feel it was truly written for women, and well, being a man - I didn't take too well to it.

The book had the usual stories of heartbreak, sorrow, pain and the steps - at least in the author's mind - to find Joy in those situations. However like I said - I don't think it was written for the likes of the man. This is not to say it is a bad book. The opposite is true. I appreciated the concept of finding Joy not by merely looking for it - but actively choosing it.

To be Joyful in all situations is not an easy thing - for God does not promise trial free life, but a trial proof life. (I stole part of that line from a recent Facebook post from Mars Hill Church.) Anyway Kay reads the book well and tells of stories in her life where making the choice of Joy was the only way she would have joy in that situation.

I really can't write much more about it from my standpoint as I just didn't like her writing style. It was not for me, and not, I believe, for men in general. But that is my opinion, and that is why I was given the book for free to read - to give my opinion.

I am however going to recommend my mother to listen to it or read it. She is in need of choosing Joy and I think she WILL enjoy it.

Be Blessed all and Give with Passion.

Review by / (Posted on 3/29/2012)
Thought Provoking Discussion About Joy
Choose Joy by Kay Warren is a book I wasn’t sure I would enjoy because I am not a naturally happy, outgoing person and I thought the book would be written by an outgoing woman telling everyone that they should be joyful just like her. However what I discovered as I started listening was that Kay was very similar to me and had encountered more trials than I probably ever will but had chosen to be joyful despite her circumstances.

I loved the chapter focusing on how Jesus was a joyful person because images of Jesus are normally either very timid, emotionless portrayals or images of pain on the day he died. Also the focus on personalities being an excuse for not being joyful was a common opinion that Kay effectively debunked.

This book is written for women and there are a few references to women but all the principles are just as applicable to men. As a man, I found it extremely useful and the fact that being joyful is a choice is something that I intend to practise in the future.

The narration at first I found a bit difficult because Kay has a very strong accent but the further I got into the book the more I got used to it and found it to be quite good. The added advantage of the author, Kay Warren, reading the book is that she knows the tone, emotion and expression that she intended the book to have, making it flow smoothly.

This book was a very interesting and helpful book that I intend to put into practise in my own life to become more joyful despite my circumstances. It is essential reading for people going through trials or just generally lacking in joy.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at
Review by / (Posted on 3/29/2012)
Learn to Choose Joy even in the midst of sorrow
The author/narrator's voice was clear and concise, with just the right inflection where it was needed. I found myself getting so emotionally involved with Mrs. Warren's story, especially when she spoke of the difficulties she and her family have faced, that it brought tears to my eyes more then once. To know that she has suffered, as I and many others have suffered, and are still suffering today, and to be able to still see and feel the joy that only God can offer, is very encouraging.

I would recommend this audiobook to any woman that has struggled with find and holding onto joy, and even if you have never struggled in this area, I would encourage you to listen to it also. Take her teachings to heart. Learn how to seek, find and choose joy now, before these troubles start. As Jesus says in John 16:33 : "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." If you listen now, before the trouble comes, you may just be better prepared to find and choose the joy that God offers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through christianaudio. I was not required to write a positive review.
Review by / (Posted on 3/28/2012)
Choose Joy Review
Choose Joy by Kay Warren is a wonderful reminder that regardless of who you are, what kind of education you’ve received or where you are right here, right now in this moment – you still must decide to choose joy (or not) when circumstances beyond your control loom overhead.

I am in complete agreement with Kay on this statement:

Joy cannot be manipulated by the actions of puny human beings; it is not dependent on the amount of sadness, suffering or difficulties you endure. Joy cannot be held hostage to fear, pain, anger, disappointment, sadness or grief. At the end of any given day, the amount of joy you experience is the exact amount of joy you chose to experience!

Kay Warren puts JOY out there. She talks about her own doubts, fears and struggles as well as providing reminders of Biblical accounts of situations that were less than joyful, but joy was chosen.

She reminds us that joy is not an emotion that runs wildly through our hearts like other emotions, that it is an action we much choose when we trust our Almighty Heavenly Father to work all things together for good. Joy is a gift from the Holy Spirit and regardless of circumstances we can choose this gift and embrace joy.

We can approach our problems with a joyful mindset when we meditate on the greatness of God.

Although this book is focused on us gals, I encourage men and women alike to start choosing JOY today.

The audio version of this book is read by Kay Warren which is a gift in itself. We get the joy of hearing the passion and compassion that fills her heart.

I give Choose Joy, because Happiness isn’t enough 5 out of 5 stars and encourage you to get the book and start choosing joy today.

Christian Audio is doing a pre-release of the audio version. Get your copy here.

Some of my favorite quotes from Kay Warren:

A watching world needs to hear from us that God personifies Joy

Jesus’ attitude towards life, shows that He was a man of Joy

God uses the dark times in our life to reveal His majesty

God values character over comfort, faith over fears, mercy over judgment, justice over injustice, people over possessions, truth over falsehood, humility over pride, hope over despair, love over apathy. In other words, God values the things that will last.

The parallel train tracks of joy and sorrow are always running side by side in our lives.
Review by / (Posted on 3/27/2012)
Encouraging Read
Big Idea of Choose Joy
The book is obvi­ously writ­ten for women. (I am not a woman). Nonethe­less, the con­tent and sub­ject mat­ter is applic­a­ble and appro­pri­ate for men and women. Choose Joy describes what joy is, and how to choose it, regard­less of one's life circumstances.

"You, my friend are in charge."
At the begin­ning of the book, War­ren writes, "The level of joy you expe­ri­ence is com­pletely and totally up to you...You, my friend are in charge." These kind of state­ments made me a wee bit skep­ti­cal from the start. Thank­fully, she redeemed the book with more solid chap­ters that refo­cused the reader's atten­tion on true bib­li­cal joy. I did find myself wish­ing that she drew greater atten­tion to sal­va­tion by grace as the source of joy.

"Books that are approachable."
Kay War­ren said "I like to read books that are approach­able. I wasn't writ­ing a the­o­log­i­cal book." Thus, the book is win­some and light, not pen­sive or deep. Even though War­ren says it's not exactly the­o­log­i­cal, there is enough applied the­ol­ogy in the book to make it palat­able for thought­ful, theologically-inclined peo­ple. Rec­og­niz­ing that "joy is a choice" is not sig­nif­i­cantly pro­found, but is nonethe­less true.

Choose Joy Audio­book Narration
I much pre­fer lis­ten­ing to the author nar­rate his/her own book. The audio ver­sion of Choose Joy from is nar­rated by Kay War­ren, pro­vid­ing a lis­ten­ing expe­ri­ence that is gen­uine and poignant.
Review by / (Posted on 3/23/2012)
excellent endeavor
It's okay to be joyful. Go ahead - you have permission. Just remember, though, that joy is a decision. It's not an emotion. In fact, happiness is an emotion, so let it take your smiles. But joy, let it lead your life. This is Kay Warren's idea in her book, and she makes the most authentic narrator you could find for the audio edition of her work, too.

How does joy fit in with grief? Can a grieving widow be joyful? Is it a sin to think such is permissible? Warren turns the concepts backwards, over, and upside-down and challenges the stigma in our culture that rejects joy. We can choose to be joyful. It's not about creating joy, or imitating it. Rather, it is choosing not to doubt it. Joy is already there, and it is our duty to embrace it. In fact, when we don't choose joy, we doubt G-d and His word. How so, you ask? Read (or better yet, listen to) the book, I challenge.

Warren's narration is spot-on, being her own imitator, bringing the text to life with a lighter tone with smooth inflection, much like the easy listening to jazz. Her intriguing speaking style and mark to make a captive audience commands that those interested in this work select audio instead of print.

Her writing evokes a response, while her narration evokes much more...the raw emotion that triggers a decisive response. Unfortunately speaking at a medium to fast pace, some listeners will have to "keep up" to not get lost in her material. Nevertheless, her art as a speaker is very similar to the star performer at a women's conference - calling those who can hear to listen.

This audio edition is an easy four stars, and may have been five if I were able to keep up.

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Review by / (Posted on 3/21/2012)
A book written for women that every man should read!
This is a book written for women that every man should read. Although Kay Warren wrote this book as an encouragement to women, I think that her studied revelations about how God interacts with us personally on a daily basis are extremely valuable to men and women alike.

I often imagine the author of audio books through the voice of the narrator and in most cases; you can imagine the author through a good narrator but you really don’t know if the author actually sounds anything like the narrator. In this case, Kay Warren narrates her own book so we really do get a feeling that we are sitting with the author. She does a great job in the process and I hope that she is an encouragement to other authors to narrate their own books.

It is obvious from this audio book that the author has a strong and dependent relationship with God. A common question by those who do not have a personal relationship with God is “Why would this tragedy happen to me, or to that innocent person.” I have attempted to answer that question for several bloggers with very little success. We, as believers have but a tiny understanding of the mind of God and those without a faith in God have little or no understanding of the how and why of God’s actions.

Kay does an excellent job explaining how she believes God works in our lives both in the good times and the bad. I appreciated the quote that she used that if we ask “Why me?” in the bad times, we should equally ask the same question when something good happens in our lives.

I was also struck by her admission about a missed opportunity with a neighbor in distress as it reminded me of a business client who was reaching out to me for the peace (from God) that he saw in me. I was too busy to stop and talk and when I went to see him again in six months, he had already passed away. I live with the memory of a missed opportunity but believe that God ultimately determines who else may have had that conversation with this man that I missed. Both Kay’s experience and mine reinforce my determination to listen to God’s direction when He asks me to have that conversation.

I received this audio book free from Reviewers Program in exchange for posting a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Review by / (Posted on 3/21/2012)
Very Encouraging
This is such an encouraging audiobook and so easy to listen to that I finished it within a couple days of downloading it. Kay Warren narrates herself and comes across like a very good friend who empathises with you all the way through. She also helps you sort out your problems and doesn't just tell you to pretend that bad things aren't happening in your life. She has experienced a lot of pain and fear herself so is speaking from personal experience. She is very honest about her fears which really made me warm to her throughout this audio. My favourite chapters are the ones about Jesus being a man of joy, legalism and grace, and about looking after yourself by making your life simpler and taking time for yourself.

I would recommend this audio to every woman as there is so much encouragement here that we all need everyday. Although I must state that it definitely isn't just for people who are struggling and need encouraging. I haven't listened to any other audiobooks by this author before, but I would definitely listen to more after this excellent recording. Thanks to Reviewer's Program for this free copy.
Review by / (Posted on 3/12/2012)