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Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy: Choose Joy Despite Circumstances Paperback – April 23, 2014
About the Author
Author and Inspirational Speaker Gladys Simmons Carson proves it is never too late to follow your dream. At the age of 70 something, she opts for writing over rocking. Her debut book, Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy, challenges the reader to choose joy despite circumstances.
Carson’s passion for writing stems from early exposure to the written word. By age three she was reading her older siblings’ school books. By age four she was introduced to her first novel, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, These activities incited her love affair with books and her fascination for writing. By the time she reached adult status, she had evolved into a natural encourager with a wealth of information to share, and a zeal for sharing.
This author is an overcomer who doesn’t shift blame to circumstances or other people, but chooses to champion personal accountability. She believes we should do what we can with what we have where we are, until we can do better. She is intimately acquainted with struggle, obstacles and outright abuse, giving testimony to the indomitable human spirit. Having triumphed over recurring adversities, she is convinced we are joyful by choice, not by chance, and she has decided to choose joy independent of circumstances. Her cheerful disposition makes the case for joy—as only a victorious warrior can.
Carson is a vibrant senior citizen who eagerly embraces her age with thanksgiving. To enhance her overall well being, she remains socially active, follows a vegan diet, lifts weights, does low-impact aerobics, engages in deep-breathing exercises, practices deliberate gratitude, and maintains an active relationship with God. She believes physical and mental fitness enhance our ability to choose joy when others are choosing depression.
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The first part of the book focuses on the good days, when Gladys is living at home with her brothers and sisters and her Mom and Dad. All goes well in the world, and they sound like the perfect family. They go to Church, they have family dinners at set times, they love each other’s company. But then tragedy strikes and their mother passes away, leaving Gladys and her siblings in the care of their relatives. That’s when the second part of the book begins, which focuses at the abuse and negligence Gladys suffers at the hands of family members.
The third part focuses on Gladys as an adult, and at the racism she has to endure. By that point, I was amazed at how much she had to go through, and how she managed to keep on going despite all that, not giving up, not even giving up on happiness and on enjoying life. The fourth part focuses on the enemies of joy, and how to defeat them. It’s the largest part of the book, and reads like a call to action. While the first three parts are a memoir, the fourth part focuses on inspiring others to conquer their own enemies of joy. There are ten enemies mentioned, and how to handle them.
Triumph! A Battle Plan for Joy is an inspiring read about overcoming hardships, and doing so with joy. The author has a distinct writing style that is quite enjoyable. The book’s interior design looks professional, and it’s a fast read. Once I started reading, I had no trouble finishing it in one go. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.