Too often, pastors aren’t ready to deal with crises like cancer.

For the last 18 months, I’ve been battling breast cancer. Breast cancer isn’t just one disease; it represents thousands of different diseases with their varying components and factors. This has been through a brutal year through chemotherapy, radiation, and more surgeries than I can count or want to remember.

Yet through the journey, I’ve found God’s grace and goodness in the most unexpected ways. I look back in awe of His faithfulness.

In my own spiritual life I had been studying joy for a year and was putting the finishing touches on book on joy—just two weeks from turning it into the publisher, when I received the diagnosis. I had been pursuing and activating joy in my life in the relatively good times, now I had to do it in the midst of darkness, depression, torturous pain.

Through the process, I began discovering the breadth, depth, and power of joy—that despite hundreds of sermons and many decades in the church—no one had told me of before. I learned that more than whimsy, joy is a weapon we use to fight life’s battles. In Fight Back With Joy, I describe in detail how …read more

Source:: Christianity Today