What You Don’t Know About Joy proposes that when things are right with God, things are right in life. This principle requires a consistent set of values to guide you to greater happiness and satisfaction in a hostile world. But can Jesus give practical advice to help you wrestle with the conflicts of the world today? Yes, if you let Jesus be Jesus. When griefs come knocking, he’s as close to you as your skin. He brings joy to a life crushed by hardship and loss, and love to a heart that hungers for peace and happiness. His joy provides a blueprint for you to draw comparisons between how you see yourself today against how you want to be for the rest of your life. Specific chapters challenge you to fill life with random acts of love; to stop acting religious and grow spiritually; to learn how great love and great risks complement each other; to convert a sluggish life into a spectacular life; to take God’s advice even when you know better; to use your talents to the best of your ability; and to get the most out of life before it’s all gone. The chapters are not only appropriate for individuals who set aside 20-30 minutes for reflection and encouragement, but provide an interesting, down-to-earth compendium of life principles. Your bonus is that the book is targeted for an easy read to present Jesus’ wisdom in a contemporary style with a sprinkling of humor to help lighten the load in life. Don’t miss out on this first book in the It’s Okay to Laugh with Jesus series.
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My name is Wayne Bartelt, a freelance writer with Master Degrees in History and Divinity and twenty one years in the preaching ministry. My writing credits include a weekly newspaper column, magazine articles, and three published books, Voices from Jesus’ Passion, and Talk to Me, God . . . I’m Confused, and What You Don’t Know About Joy. I am the author of Discovering the Path of Joy and currently have a series of four books titled It’s Okay to Laugh with Jesus.
I publish a Christian Inspiration blog, An Abundance of Joy (http://anabundanceofjoy.wordpress.com), every Monday morning, rain, shine, or foggy, and will as long as God grants me time and stamina. Since my retirement, I have made the study of Jesus Christ’s life and humor the cornerstone of my activities.
I want my readers to have fun, get inspired, and laugh with me. Christianity is the only religion in this world where you can laugh and cry in the middle of the same sentence, and be serious about both. I think Jesus had a smile on his face most of the time, and he’s in charge here.
It is just a rumor that my wife locks me in my study at 5 am every morning and releases me only for lunch, supper and bedtime. If I hear a click in the door and it’s only 3:30 pm, I’ll know the house is on fire.