Joyful Resources

I am or have used these resources during my grief journey or the rebooting of my career. All links are non-affiliate unless otherwise indicated. 

Joy Resources:

Books & Devotionals 

Everyday Peace and Comfort  – Patricia Mitchell – Literally a beautiful book filled with short inspirational devotions. Pick up a copy and give yourself flowers and inspiration every day.

daily inspirations of joy – Carolyn Larsen – A pocket-sized book containing quotes followed by prayers, stories, and scripture pertaining to the subject of the quote.  This has been a resource for “Weekend Wisdom” topics.

Choosing Joy, A 52 – Week Devotional for Discovering True HappinessAngela Thomas – Devotions for Monday – Thursday and one for the weekend. Filled with the author’s stories and practical advice to help you find joy.

Choose Joy Because Happiness Isn’t Enough Kay Warren –  Very uplifting and heart-warming and affirms joy being a deeper emotion than happiness.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are – Ann Voskamp – Because being joyful comes first from being thankful.

Grief Resources

Music: Drink Deep; A Musical Journey Through Grief  An excellent album that chronicles grief from the moment it strikes through our victory in Christ. The album was done by Steve Siler of Music for the Soul, “A Christian ministry using the power of songs and stories as a bridge to hope and healing for those facing life’s most difficult issues.”


Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief Martha Whitmore Hickman – Joe’s aunt gave a copy of this at his wake.  It is not geared towards any one religion.  Ms. Hickman used her grief experience to write an excellent book that helped me work through my grief.  I have also given this book to others who find themselves on a grief journey.  The book has a five-star rating on Amazon and 201 customer reviews – need I say more.

Through a Season of Grief: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy Bill Dunn & Kathy Leonard – also available via daily email by signing up on

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting  Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D. A book that will help you work through any time of loss, from death – to job loss and anything in-between.


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Career Resources

Website: – Paid membership site. There are various Office Hours throughout the day where you can chat live with a career coach and get your questions answered.


Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re Suppose To Be And Unleash Your True Leader – Jeff Nischwitz – Chapter 7 and 13 are game changers for widows who are asking “What do I do now?” after getting through their grief journey.



Faithful Finish Lines – Paid membership site for widows and others who want to take charge of their health. Each round lasts 7 weeks with participants setting a fitness goal to be done during week 7.