Saturday, September 10, 2022

Crazy Joy by Mary Katherine Backstrom

Backstrom shares her own life stories as she encourages us in our pursuit of joy. She admits she is not an expert in the field but, as a seasoned traveler, invites us along on the journey.

This book is not instruction from the Bible but rather a dive into Backstrom's life. She shares many personal stories to illustrate her strategy for enjoying life. Some of the stories are funny and some of them I failed to understand their significance. She is honest in her comments, often using what would have been considered swear words a generation ago. She also uses a bit of humor along the way. To have inner peace, for example, Backstrom says, “Therapy, psych meds, Jesus, Oreos; it may take a little of each.” (1231/2640) She is free in noting that she has been in therapy for years. (1090/2640)

Why pursue joy? As Backstrom learned, “It nurtures a spirit of defiance in the face of crushing adversity. It reminds your soul it's not time to quit, not now, and it keeps you fighting.” (2456/2640) It's worth the risk, she encourages.

This is a book for readers who like lessons derived from life experiences rather than Bible exposition. It would especially appeal to career age or young married people not so familiar with the Bible.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Mary Katherine Backstrom is best known for her viral videos and candid writing on family, faith, and mental illness. She has been featured on Today Show, CNN, and New York Timesbut her friends and family are most impressed with her one-time appearance on Ellen. MK resides in Alabama with her husband, children, two dogs, and a cat. When she isn’t writing, MK is active in her church, her community, and her favorite Mexican restaurant.

Worthy Books, 240 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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