Are You Ready to Find Joy in Your Messy Life

Are You Ready to Find Joy in Your Messy Life
Author: Carole Leathem
Publsiher: Surviving a Loved One's Struggle with Mental Health Issues
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-01-09
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9798986765105

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Carole wrote Are You Ready to Find Joy in Your Messy Life, to share stories of her life and the revelations God has given her to help her live with joy despite the chaos of her husband's struggles with mental health issues.

Finding Joy in My Messy Life

Finding Joy in My Messy Life
Author: Carole Leathem
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2021-04-15
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1646452593

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When Carole Leathem's husband, Bill, first began the battle with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts, little did she know her years of rejection and identity issues would come to a head. After all, when you're the wife of a senior pastor, there are certain expectations that come with it, and imperfection and mental illness are not among them. The pain, uncertainty, and rejection were nearly unbearable at times, but whenever Carole surrendered to God, he showed up time and time again. Through beautiful storytelling and raw transparency, Carole chronicles her journey of overcoming abuse, addiction, and chaos that had plagued her family for generations, along with the new adventure of caring for a spouse who struggles with mental illness. Full of heartache, hope, and new beginnings, Finding Joy in My Messy Life shows how to experience joy no matter your circumstances. Carole's story testifies that God is a personal God, who loves our imperfect selves perfectly and without conditions and sees our trials as gifts. Life may be messy, but as Carole reveals, the joy of Christ can still reign.

Life s Messy Live Happy

Life s Messy  Live Happy
Author: Cy Wakeman
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2022-03-29
Genre: Self-Help
ISBN: 9781250275172

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A simple shift in thinking can change everything you believe about your own happiness. By the time we become adults, most of us have joined the religion of suffering, which preaches that unless circumstances are controlled, life will be a mess. We compare ourselves to others and speculate about an impossible-to-know future, holding out hope for an improved life through getting ahead, fulfilling passion, or finding true love. But the idea that happiness comes from putting effort toward altering one’s circumstances is harmful and backward. What if we instead learned to understand that circumstances can rarely be controlled, and that life is, and always will be, messy? From that starting point, we could learn to use our minds to create happiness despite life’s ever-changing circumstances and events. Life’s Messy, Live Happy by Cy Wakeman is about dramatically changing the level of happiness you feel in your daily life, by learning to disconnect happiness from external forces, stop worrying about the future, and realize that most of your negative feelings are about things that never even happened. Wakeman is a credible, relatable teacher—a business owner, mother, and community member who has lived her philosophy and achieved profound happiness and success in a crazy, messy life. Filled with concrete daily practices and true stories that are hilarious, painful, and poignant, this book will change everything: your perspective, your focus, and your energy level for everyday life.

The Lightmaker s Manifesto

The Lightmaker s Manifesto
Author: Karen Walrond
Publsiher: Broadleaf Books
Total Pages: 245
Release: 2021-11-02
Genre: Self-Help
ISBN: 9781506469959

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"Karen Walrond shines her light so we can find our own." —Brené Brown Many of us have strong convictions. We want to advocate for causes we care about--but which ones? We want to work for change--but will the emotional toll lead to burn out? Leadership coach, lawyer, photographer, and activist Karen Walrond knows that when you care deeply about the world, light can seem hard to find. But when your activism grows out of your joy--and vice versa--you begin to see light everywhere. In The Lightmaker's Manifesto, Walrond helps us name the skills, values, and actions that bring us joy; identify the causes that spark our empathy and concern; and then put it all together to change the world. Creative and practical exercises, including journaling, daily intention-setting, and mindful self-compassion, are complemented by lively conversations with activists and thought leaders such as Valarie Kaur, Brené Brown, Tarana Burke, and Zuri Adele. With stories from around the world and wisdom from those leading movements for change, Walrond beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction, and joy. By unearthing our passions and gifts, we learn how to joyfully advocate for justice, peace, and liberation. We learn how to become makers of light.

I Love Jesus But I Want to Die

I Love Jesus  But I Want to Die
Author: Sarah J. Robinson
Publsiher: WaterBrook
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2021-05-11
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780593193532

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A compassionate, shame-free guide for your darkest days “A one-of-a-kind book . . . to read for yourself or give to a struggling friend or loved one without the fear that depression and suicidal thoughts will be minimized, medicalized or over-spiritualized.”—Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church What happens when loving Jesus doesn’t cure you of depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts? You might be crushed by shame over your mental illness, only to be told by well-meaning Christians to “choose joy” and “pray more.” So you beg God to take away the pain, but nothing eases the ache inside. As darkness lingers and color drains from your world, you’re left wondering if God has abandoned you. You just want a way out. But there’s hope. In I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die, Sarah J. Robinson offers a healthy, practical, and shame-free guide for Christians struggling with mental illness. With unflinching honesty, Sarah shares her story of battling depression and fighting to stay alive despite toxic theology that made her afraid to seek help outside the church. Pairing her own story with scriptural insights, mental health research, and simple practices, Sarah helps you reconnect with the God who is present in our deepest anguish and discover that you are worth everything it takes to get better. Beautifully written and full of hard-won wisdom, I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die offers a path toward a rich, hope-filled life in Christ, even when healing doesn’t look like what you expect.

Choose Joy

Choose Joy
Author: Kay Warren
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-04
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780800721725

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Passionate Bible teacher Kay Warren shows women--even those who battle depression and anxiety--that a joy-filled life is within their reach.

Motherwhelmed Challenging Norms Untangling Truths and Restoring Our Worth to the World

Motherwhelmed  Challenging Norms  Untangling Truths  and Restoring Our Worth to the World
Author: Beth Berry
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2020-04-25
Genre: Family & Relationships
ISBN: 173467170X

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Today's mothers are struggling; though, it's not for the reasons most moms tend to think. We've been conditioned to believe our inadequacy is the reason we can't seem to "keep up" or enjoy mothering more, but nothing could be further from the truth. We aren't failing as mothers. We're mothering within a culture that is misleading and inadequately supporting us. Motherwhelmed is a deep, yet lighthearted exploration of the messy frontier of modern-day motherhood we're all struggling to navigate. With compassion, realness, and rich storytelling, Beth Berry: -Illuminates the mindsets and narratives keeping us feeling overwhelmed, disempowered, anxious, isolated, and riddled with self-doubt -Provides the perspectives and tools needed for mothers to rewrite their stories and reclaim a sense of wholeness -Shares from her 25 years as an idealistic, passionate, all-in mother of four daughters -Reminds us of our worthiness and reframes our importance This is not a book about parenting. It's a book about mothers, our greatness, and how important it is that we thrive. It's about untangling ourselves from the stories keeping us trapped and deconstructing those we've outgrown. It's about daring the lives we're here to live and, thereby, giving our children permission to do the same. Until we begin to organize our lives around not only our children's worthiness but also our own, mothers everywhere will continue to bear the brunt of cultural pain and dysfunction. This matters because we cannot be the changemakers we're meant to be while so heavily burdened.


Author: Abigail Santamaria
Publsiher: HMH
Total Pages: 453
Release: 2015-08-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780547843704

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“A lush Narnia tale for grownups”: The first comprehensive biography of the rebel thinker who married C. S. Lewis (Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize winner). If Joy Davidman is known at all, it’s as the wife of C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. On her own, she was a poet and radical, a contributor to the communist journal New Masses, and an active member of New York literary circles of the 1930s and ’40s. Growing up in a family of Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, she became an atheist, then a practitioner of Dianetics, and finally a Christian convert after experiencing a moment of transcendent grace. She was also a mother, a novelist, a screenwriter, and an intelligent, difficult, and determined woman. In 1952 she set off for England to pursue C. S. Lewis, the man she considered her spiritual guide and her intellectual mentor. Out of a deep friendship grounded in faith, poetry, and a passion for writing grew a timeless love story, and an unforgettable marriage of equals—one that would be immortalized in the film Shadowlands and Lewis’s memoir, A Grief Observed. “Plumbing the depths of unpublished documents, Santamaria reveals the vision and writing of a young woman whose coming of age in the turbulent thirties is both distinctive and emblematic of her time” (Susan Hertog, author of Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life). Finally, Joy Davidman is brought out of her husband’s shadow to secure a place in literary history that is both a long-time coming and well-deserved. “This book gives Davidman her life back. . . . Ms. Santamaria succeeds in de-mythologizing Davidman’s story.” —The Wall Street Journal “Compelling . . . clear, unsentimental.” — The New York Times Book Review