All Work and No Play....

Holly Johnson

4 Stars

January 11, 2017

Enjoy (Trillia Newbell)
Watching a gorgeous sunset. Sharing a laugh with a friend. Tasting a sun-ripened strawberry. Each day is full of opportunities for you to savor the countless gifts the Creator has given.  But do you feel free to delight in God’s abundant gifts, or is your joy sometimes distorted by guilt, fear of idolatry, or simply an overwhelming awareness of sin’s effects on this world?  Trillia Newbell explains how we often miss opportunities to participate in God’s divine delight because we’re discouraged, fixated on selfish fulfillment, or paralyzed by guilt.  Enjoy serves as an encouraging reminder of God’s gracious gifts and also challenges women to view all of these gifts—from relationships and careers to food and sex—as reasons to rejoice in the Lord and grow in our understanding and appreciation of who He is.  This thought-provoking book invites you to explore the truth of God’s Word and discover how to nurture daily a spirit of gratitude and deep satisfaction. Enjoy will open your eyes and your heart to the freedom of fully enjoying all God has given us!

As a (now former) runner, I was able to relate to the author's story of needing to justify her biking hobby, and that really hooked me into the rest of the book.  Since childhood, I've been taught that hard work is the path to take, and that we should always be working toward better things, but it came at the cost of learning and understanding how to truly experience joy.  Each chapter of this book is dedicated to one area of life that we need to learn how to fully experience and be grateful for the small joys in it.  Also, there are mini-projects, and information about the communal Enjoy Project, spread throughout the chapters as an opportunity to apply what you've learned.  It's a good reminder that all work and no play makes life....less joyful.  We need balance.