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In Joy! God’s Secret Weapon for Every Believer  Georgian Banov shares his personal story of escape from communist Bulgaria to the United States and how he learned to experience supernatural joy in his relationship with Christ.

In each chapter, Banov shares how to find joy by deepening your friendship with the Lord.

Chapters include:

  1. Jesus Encounter
  2. Friendship with God
  3. Discovering God as Father
  4. Jesus to the Core
  5. Faith inside Christ
  6. Performance-Free Grace
  7. The Sanctified Heart
  8. God’s Party for You
  9. Joy is Not Dessert—It’s a Weapon
  10. Supernatural Joy and Justice

In Joy, Georgian Banov shares how to experience the joy of the Lord and put an end to religious striving and self-effort.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Jesus died so that we could be with him eternally. This is the fountainhead of absolute joy and peace.”

“Jesus is the Master now inside of us, and our rejoicing is a mandate. Rejoicing should be like breathing, especially through difficulties and trials, for His joy is our strength.”

“The revelation of what He did for us at the cross launches us into His joy, and His joy is the secret weapon of every believer. By serving Him with joy and gladness of heart, the joy that is in Him shields us from the enemy’s fiery darts of sorrow and depression. This joy not only strengthens us, but it also gives us courage, making us bold and brave.”

“The joy of the Lord is integral to our identity in Christ and comes through the daily enjoyment of connecting with HIm.”

I come from a non-denominational church background. This book seems to be written from a Pentecostal/charismatic viewpoint, as some of Banov’s encounter’s with God seemed unfamiliar and unusual to me. Despite the denominational differences, the meat of this book gave good insight into how to experience the joy of the Lord in your life.

I received a free copy of this book from Chosen in exchange for my honest review.

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