Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle

About the Book:

Name of book: Pockets of Joy  
Author: Roxane Battle  
Genre: Non-fiction, inspirational  
Release Date: September 5, 2017  

”No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.” Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jarod. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget. With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the guiding force as she searched for moments of gratitude and found a lifetime of grace. She also includes secrets to spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today’s woman, with chapters on authenticity, service, generosity, gratitude, self-care, yielding, forgiveness, and more.


My Review:

Wow- was this a timely and much needed book! Pockets of Joy is so full of real, raw emotion. Of the constant battle to do right and not let others and their opinions or gossip get you down. Of the feeling that life is just a constant uphill trek. While all of this is reality for all of us in some way in our lives, the theme is to intentionally choose joy. What really got me was when our author stated that Joy is there to find, just most of the time we miss it! From a little girl's smile, to a sweet comment from her child, Roxane teaches us how she found the pockets of joy that gave her true joy and happiness in her day to day life in spite of challenges. I don't know how many times I get bogged down in my circumstances or others' expectations, only to see that I've been missing the joy that the Lord has already infused into my life. While we are not promised an easy life without sacrifice and pain, the Lord does offer us joy and therefore authentic happiness in our day to day life if we will just open our eyes and look at it. Using her personal story, Roxane ties in practical ways to encourage this joy in our life. Being authentic, forgiving yourself and others, and so much more. This book was so personal and applicable to me on such a level that I have found a level of joy just reading it. I praise the Lord that He put it on our author's heart to share her story in such a beautiful and practical way so that we can all learn and grow from it! Don't miss this unique, compelling, full of heart read! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 

About the Author:

Author Roxane Battle is veteran TV news journalist well known in the Minneapolis region for her work as an anchor, reporter, and former co-host of the KARE 11-NBC Today show. She currently produces award-winning videos for corporate and non-profit clients through her company, Roxane Battle, M. A., LLC. Named an “Architect of Change,” Roxane is a contributor to and has been featured in Working Mother, Ebony magazines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. An entertaining and inspiring speaker, she is regularly called upon to address civic, business, and philanthropic groups. She’s recently been a keynote speaker at events hosted by the Girl Scouts, TeamWomen Minnesota, and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. For more on Roxane Battle: Twitter @roxanebattle

Guest post from Roxane Battle

What this book is about is the season in my life when I was on my own and overwhelmed with trying to put my life back together while I learned how to raise a child and navigate a demanding television career. A working, divorced single mom. That was me. For years. There were many days when I smiled in front of the camera and cried alone at night. During those years, my time in the wilderness, I learned a lot about myself. I am now at a point when I am able, willing, and desire to share the very personal and intimate stories of how I found peace in the midst of my struggles. I discovered what I call pockets. Pockets of joy. The kind of joy that causes your eyes to mist and wash over the hurt. The kind of joy that catches you by surprise and for a moment makes you forget, if ever so briefly, that you ever felt pain. The kind of joy that, in some ways, cannot even be described. It is my hope and prayer my story will enable others to grasp a piece of the kind of joy I’m talking about and allow it to stir the kind of hope within that can renew and transform.

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In honor of her tour, Roxanne is giving away
Grand Prize Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, in Pockets of Joy tote bag with Abba Jerusalem Frankincense pillar candle, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book.
1st Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, “You Are An Amazing Woman” (Abbey Press) mug, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book. 2nd Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book!
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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed your review. It is an encouraging Book.