- Product Review (submitted on April 1, 2012):
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.
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