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Joy Cometh in the Morning: The Joy Postle Blackstone Story Hardcover – May 16, 2011
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About the Author
Judy Madsen Johnson was first a client and then a close friend to Joy Postle Blackstone. She retired from Home & Interiors Gifts after twenty-one years, and she has since dedicated herself to the art of the written word. Joy Cometh in the Morning: The Joy Postle Blackstone Story is her first book. She lives in Oviedo, Florida, with her husband.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
It’s so interesting, when you see someone so elderly and confined to a wheelchair, and then you take a peek into her life and realize how whole hearted and vibrant she was, truly casting joy in everyone’s direction. Because of your intervention in her life, many will now learn about this woman and her awesome talent. The fact that you took the time and sat with her, a piece by piece, put together a roadmap of her life must have meant the world to her. I can well imagine how much she looked forward to your visits. (The photographs throughout are such an added bonus!)
One of the things that caught my attention was how Joy fought to maintain her sense of self in the nursing home. She fought to remain sharp. I felt a sadness about that. We have two elderly (80s) relatives in a nursing home and both are confused as to why they cannot return to their home (though neither is ambulatory).
Prior to reading this book, I had never heard of Joy Postle Blackstone. Her art work is just incredible.
As a teenager, I always lamented that I could not draw or paint, yet I recognized way back then, that the gift to write was truly a gift from God. And when you have that gift, the obligation to share it is on your shoulders. You have immortalized Joy in this book and one day, you will be dancing on streets of gold with her! I can only imagine how thrilled she must have been (up in heaven) to see the book come to fruition. God Bless you for finishing it, Judy.
Although she is a little known artist (outside of Central Florida), seemingly an unlikely candidate for a biography, her life was full of adventure and unpredictability, as well as some amazing encounters with famous individuals! From her childhood through her dying day, the book was full of interesting history and experiences. Her spunk and positive outlook were fun to read about, and she holds nothing back about her triumphs, failures, joys, fears and disappointments, which leaves you feeling as if you experienced it all along with her.
I was also amazed at the last few chapters of the book - to me, they reveal her mind as it struggled to maintain its sharpness within the confines of a nursing home, and allow us a view of what the onset of dementia feels like to the person experiencing it. As a nurse I found this part extremely fascinating, although it was sad to see Joy upset and suspicious of others since she was so unlike that earlier in her life. Her magnetism throughout her life is apparent especially near the end, when she is surrounded by wonderful individuals who care for her as if she were a beloved family member.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it! Treat yourself to a trip into history with Joy Postle Blackstone as your guide!