Discovering Joye – Uncovering the Treasures Inside Ordinary People, Places, Things, and Ourselves – By Jim Stovall – A Book Review

Discovering JoyeDiscovering JoyeUncovering the Treasures Inside Ordinary People, Places, Things, and Ourselves – By Jim Stovall

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-0768403541, $ 14.99, 2013, 174 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Poetic Insight Which Insures Success in Every Facet of Life

Bestselling author Jim Stovall’s lifelong appreciation of poetry led to the discovery of the writings of Joye Kanelakos.  Stovall compiles her poetry into a topical arrangement of nineteen discoveries titled simply Discovering Joye.”

In this melding of art and scholarship, Jim adds a story from his personal experiences to produce a beautiful life-changing gift of practical motivation and inspiration. The combination Joye’s poetic expression and Jim’s remarkable insight become a vast treasure house of sage advice and profound wisdom for ordinary people to uncover guidelines for living successfully in the frenetic complexities of contemporary society.

I found Stovall’s observation especially intriguing, “Joye captures the essence of the fleeting nature of the family as the generations pull together, stretch apart, and eventually release from one another while still remaining connected in special and lasting ways.”

Stovall adds this bit of observation as his suggested discovery. “Celebrate your family, not in spite of their imperfections but because of them. If families were perfect, they could never include people like you and me.”

Discovering Joye provides inspiration and motivation worthy of reading, re-reading, personal contemplation or sharing with others in reading groups. This edition is beautifully bound making it ideal as a meaningful, memorable gift for any and all of those special occasions.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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