Defiant Joy

Narrated by: Stasi Eldredge
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Best-selling author Stasi Eldredge shows listeners how to choose a joy that stands against the tides of life's real and often overwhelming pain.

Walking in joy often feels crazy and like a denial of actual life. Yet Christians are called to "be joyful always" (1 Thess. 5:16). What does this mean, and how is it even possible?

In her new book, Stasi Eldredge meets listeners in their painful realities and offers an invitation to a joy that is defiant in the face of this broken world. This joy does not Pollyannaish-ly ignore life's heartache; rather, it insists that sorrow and loss do not have the final say. This kind of joy is present to both goodness and grief and interprets them in the light of heaven. With deep vulnerability about her own chronic pain, surprising diagnoses, and relational struggles and loss, Stasi demonstrates how to maintain a posture of holy defiance that neither denies nor diminishes the pain but instead leans fully into the experience of knowing God's presence and promise in the middle of whatever life may bring.

©2018 Stasi Eldredge (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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A Christian Tract

This book was teased as uplifting, without mentioning that it was a full-on ad for Christianity. Why so coy?

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real. no pulled punches. thoughtful. true-hearted.

real. no pulled punches. thoughtful. true-hearted.
timely (for me). will listen to it again to drill the concepts into my heart and mind.

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very well written

loved it. I would listen to the chapter and then read my physical book later to highlight. so many good nuggets in this book and heart felt stories. I live when the author reads the book, you hear their struggle, passion and expression so clearly.

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Life giving!

There’s been a lot of death in our lives lately - this was a welcome beacon of what is to come and how to live and thrive in the meantime. I love all of Stasi’s books! They are like drinking water in a thirsty land.

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A Heartsaver!

Wonderful Read! With the state of the world we are in there is so much pain, bait, and sadness. Even genuine happy people these events can really break you down and steal your joy. Stasi’s book revived the hope inside of me of being Defiantly Joyful, not denying the occurrences and situations but defiantly deciding to be joyful through the pain - and provided so much relief that I don’t have to do it all! Even in my darkest hours, all I have to do is choose to be joyful, and He fulfills the rest as I look to Him instead of my situation.

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a good addition

This is an excellent addition to your Stasi Eldredge library. Read by the author, thank goodness. you may need to buy a hard copy also so you can highlight the messages that speak to you. In my case practically entire chapters. This book touches on things not common in Christianity like boundaries and benevolent detatchment. Definitley recommend!

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worst book

She told too much of personal stories. Did not get any JOY reading this book. Too much of her and her husband stories. This book will have you regret purchase it.

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I choose joy!

Awesome and relatable book about grasping, claiming, and holding on to joy! Must read book!

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Too much religion

I do not mind authors alluding to their beliefs but this book is VERY centred around religion. I started with an open mind but couldn’t finish the book as the feeling of having religion pushed down my throat was eclipsing anything I could take out of the book. Of course when you explain everything through God, being joyful becomes a simpler task but far from the defiant joy the title suggests, naively joyful is what I truly found the author portraying.

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Worth the Listen....

I loved Captivating so thought I’d give this a listen. Loved it. Truth regardless if easy to hear or not, but presented with the hope that Believers know we have to look forward to.

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