Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Finding Joy by J.C. Lafler

Posted December 12, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, J.C. Lafler / 3 Comments

GENRE: Inspirational Fiction
PUBLISHER: Redemption Press
RELEASE DATE: October 8, 2019
PAGES: 178

“No matter what complications life throws your way, search until you find something to be joyful for.”

Elisabeth Davis has lived by these words for most of her eighty years. Through good times and bad, this mindset has served her well, and she hopes and prays that her grandchildren will carry this sentiment forward when she is gone.

But Max has heard his grandmother say this so many times, he is almost oblivious. And while he understands her point, putting it into action is not always easy.

When his girlfriend demands he make a choice between her and his best friend–in the same week his grandmother has a stroke!–Max struggles to find joy anywhere. He is forced to reexamine his life, his relationships, and even his faith in this heartwarming story of coming of age and leaving a lasting legacy.

Finding Joy is a gentle story with an important message – that no matter what is going on in your life you can choose to find joy in it, even in the hard.

I enjoyed getting to know Gram / Elisabeth throughout this story. She’s a wise woman who’s lived and loved for 80 years, and despite more tragedy than one person should have to live through she’s made it a point to choose joy instead of bitterness. And she’s passing this legacy down to her young adult grandchildren too. I loved her gentle spirit and would love spending time with her in real life, should it be possible to hang out with fictional characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t really connect with any of the other characters in Finding Joy – I too often found myself wishing they were more dimensional and that their reactions were more layered.

Bottom Line: Finding Joy has an important message for all of us, that choosing joy is not only possible, it’s imperative to live a contented life. It’s not a terribly deep novel and the characters are pretty surface level, but if you’re looking for a light read with a sweet theme, then this little novella should fit the bill.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Celebrate Lit tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 3 stars / liked it!

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J.C. Lafler has always enjoyed writing and dreamed of being published, but it wasn’t until she retired in 2015 that she realized her dream. J. C. and her husband, David, live in Battle Creek, Michigan—except in winter, when they escape to sunny Texas. Along with writing, she enjoys public speaking, reading, puzzles, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Finding Joy is J. C.’s fifth novel to date. Her other books, also released through Redemption Press, include Lost and Found, Amazing Grace, Hope Everlasting, and Leap of Faith.

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3 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Finding Joy by J.C. Lafler

  1. Jan Hall

    It is important to look for Joy each day. It took me a long time to realize what a difference it makes.

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