Wake Up to the Joy of You

Stassinopoulos, Agapi. Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life. USA: Harmony Books. 2016.


Filled with 52 meditations for a calmer, happier life, Wake Up to the Joy of You is filled with practices, thoughts, ideas, intentions, compassion, and encouragement to love yourself while being yourself. Each chapter begins with a corresponding quote, a personal story, guided meditation and/ or suggestions for the week. Filled with positive thoughts, gentle methods, helpful lessons, and self-compassion, author Agapi Stassinopoulos makes the journey easy to self-discovery and a life filled with joy.

With life so full of negativity, busyness, guilt and self-doubt, this book is a wonderful reminder that grace, joy, peace and spirit live within each of us…they may just need to be discovered and brought to the forefront. A beautiful hard-cover book which is broken into sections on self-care, roadblocks, and conflict, Wake Up to the Joy of You celebrates the real you that you were meant to be. I plan on using this book throughout the year to rediscover my true self underneath all the busyness, hurriedness, and craziness that is part of life. As my word for the year (as well as my middle name-Joy), this book will couple perfectly with my devotional book.

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Wake Up to the Joy of You from Blogging For Books for my honest review*


Five Minutes With Jesus

Walsh, Sheila. Gragg, Sheri. Five Minutes With Jesus: A Fresh Infusion Of Joy. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2016.


Filled with hard “stuff” in life, many people don’t feel the joy that is so longed for these days. Financial woes, broken relationships, difficult illnesses and shattered dreams all surmount to rob away the joy that is yearned for. With a focus on finding and experiencing joy in everyday lives, authors Sheila Walsh and Sheri Gragg combine Bible verses and daily blessings to find a bit of happiness, no matter the circumstances. Set up in literally five minute sections, a personal connection, a brief Bible correlation and five Bible verses make up each daily devotional dose.

Uplifting, encouraging and warming yet doable in busy lives, Five Minutes With Jesus is a wonderful reminder to spend a few minutes with Jesus while remembering to breath and enjoy blessings. Packaged in a smaller book with bit-size devotional sections, each seems to correlate well with the stories and scriptures found within. Just enough to get the day going while putting a smile on your face, a skip in your step and a hug in your heart, this book leaves no excuse not to spend five minutes with Jesus. Go ahead…encounter joy!

4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Five Minutes With Jesus from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*