The first word in the title inspires me. FIGHT. Struggle is real in this life, no matter what. We are imperfect creatures living in a fallen world. Tragedy, disease, terror, and turmoil lurk around every flip of the calendar—or so it seems. The weapons in one's arsenal are crucial when it comes to life's battles. In Fight Back with Joy, Margaret Feinberg walks the reader through a journey riddled with shock, pain, uncertainty and gut-wrenching honesty. Diagnosed with carcinoma in her early thirties, Margaret finds herself drafted into a war she never expected to have to fight. Upon digesting the news, she looks at her husband, Leif, and says, "What if we fight back with joy?"
And so it begins.
In January, I was honored to be a break out speaker at a conference where Margaret headlined. Prior to the conference, I had never read one of her books. But, the compelling talent she has in weaving a story coupled with the intentionality of her words walked me into the line where I stood to receive my autographed copy of Fight Back With Joy.
God's timing is perfect, and it just so happens I picked the book up five months later, during a time when I desperately needed to hear Margaret's heartfelt message. (I downloaded it on Audible too. A bonus is Margaret is the reader and it is simply fantastic to hear the book in her own words.)
Regardless of what fight you are in, this 211 page book is one you want in your arsenal of weaponry. If you are a highlighter, you will want to use an exorbitant amount of self-control. Margaret is a wordsmith, crafting sentences like an artist perfects a masterpiece. Every syllable carries weight and drives a powerful message into the heart of the reader.
I'll share a couple of my favorite quotes:
"Practicing defiant joy is the declaration that the darkness does not and will not win. When we fight back with joy, we embrace a reality that is more real than what we're enduring and we awaken to the deepest reality of our identity as beloved, joyful children of God." pg. 19-20
"Trials can become the gateway to greater joy, but these passages are fraught with obstacles. The roadside is dotted with land mines, inhabited by bandits, overgrown with briars,. Telling someone to look for blessings in the midst of burden, however true, is hard to swallow and even more difficult to execute. But the spiritual growth we experience in trying times, though often more gradual and painful than we'd like, is occasion for celebration. It's not in the absence of difficulties but in their presence that God bestows a mighty blessing on us." pg. 60
The back of the book contains bonus tracks that are invaluable as well:
5 Things to Say When You Don't Know What to Say
8 Things Those Facing Crisis Can't Tell You (But Wish They Could)
6 Lessons I Learned From Crisis
A Letter from Leif (Margaret's husband, Leif, writes a letter to caretakers of those going through a crisis.)
If you comment on social media with three words--fight with joy, you'll automatically enter into a contest to win a free book. In the meantime, enjoy some of the extras from Margaret's playlist included below:
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.