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

Defiant Joy will help you:

  • get off the emotional roller coaster and experience daily joy;
  • learn how to have a posture of holy defiance when circumstances threaten to weigh down your soul; 
  • and find new perspectives on painful circumstances and see how God sometimes interferes with your life to heal and transform you.

We are called to live. And, miraculously, to live with joy.

We all spend a lot of energy reaching for happiness, but we are never quite able to hang on to it. Real life happens, and our circumstances take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride. So the Bible’s call to “be joyful always” sounds almost crazy - and out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be.

Joy is meant to be ours, a joy that is defiant in the face of this broken world. This joy is not simply happiness on steroids; it’s the unyielding belief that sorrow and loss do not have the final say. It’s the stubborn determination to be present to whatever may come and to interpret both goodness and grief by the light of heaven.

In Defiant Joy, Stasi Eldredge invites us with courage, candor, and tender vulnerability to a place beyond sadness or happiness. She shows us how to maintain a posture of holy defiance that neither denies nor diminishes our pain but dares to live with expectant, unwavering hope. 

©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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I choose joy!

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

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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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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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it will change you!

every chapter spoke to my heart. It will draw you closer to God!! Funny, moving, inspirational, and honest.

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This book changed my life.

This book resonated with my heart so deeply. I related to it with my own feelings and experiences and learned so incredibly much throughout. God blessed and spoke to me so much through this book. I’m so happy I read it. Listening to this was an amazing experience especially as Stasi narrates her own book. Please read and/or listen to this if you feel you need to learn about and have more joy in any capacity. I think that this could help transform anyone.