In the opening chapter, Clarkson tells of sitting on a park bench, feeling cynical, depressed, and overwhelmed. There she remembered happier, more hopeful times and longed to recapture that. Her reflections led her to begin a quest, the results of which she shares in this book. On p. 13, Clarkson says,
“I told [God] that I wanted to reflect his character and reality, that I wanted to love him and be filled every day with his joy, so that others who see me would have a glimpse of God—in my words, in my affection, in my writing, in disappointments and trials, and even in everyday tasks. I longed for him to 'restore to me the joy of my salvation' (Psalm 51:12).”The following chapters tell how she learned to look for joy in circumstances, in trials, in relationship, in service—truly, in all of life. Relevant Scripture, quotes from other people, and stories from Clarkson's life help the reader understand and see how her ideas can work in their lives. Clarkson closes each chapter with more Scripture to consider woven with challenging, life-application discussion questions and a prayer for the reader to use.
I found the book to be thought-provoking and encouraging. Clarkson met me right where I am. I may have to read this again!
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.