Last Updated on June 10, 2022 by ellen
Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver is a Christian Living book that made me stop and think. This month has been a difficult one for me, and I’ve been letting it bring me down more than I should. I have a difficult time finding joy in life when I’m faced with challenges, even when the challenges aren’t that huge compared to other people. It’s something that I’m trying to become more aware of so that I can change my thoughts to something more positive. Choose Joy is not just the story of Sara Frankl’s life and death, it’s the story of her journey and her thoughts on why she chose joy even during the most difficult times of her life. It’s a story that made me think about how I can get that same mindset during the challenges I face.
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Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts
Sara Frankl knew she had a terminal disease, but she didn’t let it stop her from living. In the face of immeasurable pain, Sara chose joy–again and again. Her unforgettable message of hope and purpose lives on, even after her death, in her words.
Choose Joy is a compilation of the lessons Sara learned while she was dying, written in her own words and sewn together by her close friend Mary Carver. It is a reminder to see the beauty in life, even when it looks nothing like you hoped or planned.
In a world full of tragedy, choosing joy is no small task–but, as Sara knew, the importance lies in the choosing. Once you learn to make that choice, every day, no matter what happens, joy will come.
If you’re going through a difficult time in your life or you just enjoy reading inspiration stories, I hope that you’ll read Choose Joy today.
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Ellen is a mom of a 25-year-old son and 30-year-old daughter. She is Grandma to one adorable toddler. In what little spare time she has, she loves to read, watch movies, and check out the latest toys and games.