About the Book
Book: Breath of Joy! Winter Whispers
Author: Kathy Joy
Genre: Non-fiction, Gift Book, Picture Book
Release Date: October 1, 2019
The final book in the series, Breath of Joy, Winter Whispers speaks of the deep quiet earth movements that echo human proving grounds and transitions during rest. Photo Art and Prose. Three everyday celebrations on every page spread are not commercially Christmas but rather interrelational and spiritually poised. This is simply, because in Winter when the earth’s axis is the farthest away from the sun, people warm themselves and grow in the wonder of darkness, where God still sees us, breathing life.
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This book contains pictures that are a feast for the eyes and as I read the words that accompany them, I kept thinking "Oh, how true!" Breath of Joy: Winter Whispers is filled with reminders of the Winter season and the special days that fall during this time. Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Groundhog Day are featured but there are so many other ordinary days that can turn into 'special'. In a season that is sometimes hard for people--the cold, the snow, the isolation that we sometimes feel when we are housebound--author Kathy Joy shares the joys and promises that Winter holds. 'Finding good will for another's joy, and...knowing that spring is stirring just beneath the surface'. She also gives us many reasons to celebrate: 'an unplanned adventure...an unexpected answer...and an unhurried day.' And, for me, the best reason of all--'Being God's Child, chosen and dearly loved, redeemed and loved for a royal purpose.'
As I browsed this book, I was often reminded of certain places or special times and Kathy Joy's words are both comforting and encouraging as they offer me a greater insight into the glory of God's Creation. "Winter Whispers" truly is a "Breath of Joy"!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. A positive review was not required and I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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About the Author
Kathy Joy enjoyed being a popular Christian radio D.J. in Colorado for many years. When her husband wanted to move to Pennsylvania to take over the family farm, Kathy Joy accompanied him with their two young daughters. Four years later, Kathy Joy found herself a widow raising two teenagers. To stave off despair, she began writing three every day celebrations in a journal. Friends on Facebook began prompting her to write a book, and so the beginning of the Breath of Joy series began. Kathy Joy now works in human services, speaking wonder on the weekends to grief therapy groups, motivational corporate meetings, and women’s retreats. Some of her topics include Vision Board workshops, Being a Harbor Pilot, Mirroring the Savior, The Fifth Season, and A Christmas Tea.
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”Just downloaded your file/book. Absolutely beautiful. I thought you wrote prose/poetry. Forgive me for putting you off. I loved perusing the pages. I went through it too fast. I need to sip it. I will peruse it again tomorrow. Totally different from what I thought it’d be. Hmmm. It’s more than a coffee table book. Gift book. Calming book. Nice, very nice. Let me sit with it and ponder it. Lovely creation.
These kinds of receptions make my day. They let me know that God still has adventures for me to take and purposes for me to speak wonder into other people’s lives.
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