Breaking into Joy: Meditations for Living in the Love of Christ

The Word Among Us Press
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 “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” Worries, pressures, disappointments, and stress are the weeds that crowd out the fruit of joy in our hearts. How can we remember that God’s joy is available to us at every moment? How can we resist succumbing to negativity, sadness, or cynicism? Anne Costa writes about the joy of the Lord in this book of one hundred short meditations. In each one, she challenges us to see how we can choose God’s joy in the everyday events and encounters of our lives. Costa’s gentle reminders can help you break into joy and live in the love that Christ has for you.
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About the author

 Anne Costa is a spiritual coach, motivational speaker, and the founder of Veronica Ministries, an apostolate to promote the culture of life. She hosted the radio show “A Servant’s Heart,” which aired on a local New York Christian station. Anne is director of development for a nonprofit organization, and lives in Baldwinsville, New York, with her husband and daughter.

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Publisher
The Word Among Us Press
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Published on
Sep 29, 2014
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781593254612
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Meditations / General
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
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This content is DRM protected.
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