“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.
GENRE: Inspirational NonFiction
PUBLISHER: Whitaker House
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
“We have a choice to keep going or to give up.”
The first half of Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle is really a memoir of sorts, chronicling her life and her decision to choose joy in the midst of tough circumstances. It’s written in a very engaging style, as though we are sitting down with mugs of hot chocolate for a cozy chat. Along her journey, you see pockets of joy that God has carved out for her – moments of laughter, moments of blessing, and moments where she simply sees beyond the struggle.
In the second half of the book, Battle moves into more of a practical application guide. While each chapter in this section is still peppered with personal anecdotes, it also gives 7 steps that we ourselves can take to find those pockets of joy that God has placed in our own lives. With Scripture heading every chapter, she also emphasizes along the way that, while God has offered us joy in the middle of pain, it’s up to us to choose it. Again, her writing style is very conversational and friendly, while at the same time being well-written and concise.
Bottom Line: Pockets of Joy isn’t necessarily what I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing. Though it’s more of a memoir than a ‘how-to’, we can certainly learn a lot from the author’s example. In this particularly tough season of my own life, it’s a gentle but clear reminder that joy is a choice. A perfect pick for an autumn evening read – or whenever you need that same reminder!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 / Very good!
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 mariashriver.com 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.
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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.
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!
This giveaway is hosted by Celebrate Lit, not RimSP
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