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Finding Joy: One Woman's Journey Back to Faith Paperback – October 8, 2009
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Finding Joy: One Woman's Journey Back To Faith is an insightful and inspiring memoir that gives a personal glimpse into the life of Joy Wooderson, the daughter and granddaughter of Christian clergymen who lived and preached in South Africa.
The front cover, with the photo of a white daisy seeking sunlight as it pokes through the parched brown earth, gives a hint of what awaits the reader inside. Divided into nine parts and thirty chapters, Wooderson's memoir reads like a n
The chapters and sections are peppered with Biblical passages from the Old and New Testaments, as well as other meaningful and contemplative quotes. The end of each chapter also contains what Wooderson calls "Pointers," which are questions and statements that challenge readers to examine their own beliefs. Wooderson's memoir is filled with candor and clarity. She openly discusses her crisis of faith, her doubts about organized religion, and the path she took to navigate through dark days into the light.
Anyone who has struggled with their faith or questioned their belief system will find comfort, compassion and wisdom in Finding Joy.
--A Book A Week, November 17, 2009
A woman's account of her spiritual journey from unquestioning compliance with learned Christian practices and beliefs, to discovery of a more personal relationship with God.
What began as uneasiness about life became a full blown crisis of faith for Wooderson once she acknowledged that the religion she had been taught did not meet her needs. The daughter and granddaughter of men devoted to Pentecostal ministry, the author had absorbed their teachings and expectations. Their standards were unyielding--self-denial, scripture study, prayer and faith healing could take care of any problem. However, strict adherence to their rules did not yield either the happiness in life or the satisfying relationship with God for which Wooderson longed. For years, she tried first one tack and then another before successfully discovering a more meaningful faith. In Finding Joy, she weaves the retelling of biblical stories with accounts of events in her own life to illustrate how she found relevance in the age-old words. She was also inspired and supported by friends. Wooderson's approach is systematic, and she provides thought-provoking questions to help others through the process. She draws the story out into a quasi-mystery and it is well written. Wooderson's hope in writing down her account is that those who take their Christian faith for granted will relate to her experience and reevaluate their relationship with God.
Readers who question their Christian upbringings and want to pursue a similar quest may gain new insights and reassurance from Finding Joy.
A readable story of one woman's reevaluation of faith and finding peace with God.
--Kirkus Discoveries, November 2009 Kirkus Discoveries
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I would highly recommend this book. It is so very encouraging and written in such an exciting way that makes the reader want to hurry and find out what the next step of the journey will be!