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Assaulted By Joy [Paperback]

By Simpson Stephen (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.94" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310283779  
EAN  9780310283775  
UPC  025986283773  

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Like many Christians, Stephen gave his life to Jesus at a young age. But for most of his adult life, Stephen wrestled with God, ticked off that things weren?t as easy as he thought they should be. He married the girl of his dreams, yet he still wasn?t happy. When God brought quadruplets into the fight, he had no choice but to shout, ?Uncle!? and submit. That?s when Stephen discovered something much better than happiness. He discovered joy.

Publishers Description
When the author made a commitment to the Lord at age seven, he believed the Christian life would be simple. Over the years, his beliefs about God were challenged by painful and confusing experiences in church as a teenager, the death of a beloved friend in college, and bouts of doubt and despair in graduate school. He married the girl of his dreams, yet he was still not happy. Then came the quadruplets. And the author thought God had gone nuts. He was terrified of the disruption that one child would bring to his life, let alone four. God, however, knew exactly what he was doing. Assaulted by Joy follows the growth and spiritual renewal of a self-proclaimed 'jerk' who discovers the inescapable tension between joy and suffering. Each chapter recounts events---from the suspenseful to the heartbreaking to the hysterical---that teach lessons about God, life, love, marriage, and the assaulting joy of being a new father.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen W. Simpson, PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary) is the former assistant director of the Fuller Psychological and Family Services and a psychotherapist in private practice. He is the coauthor of What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew about Sex. Simpson lives in North Hollywood, California.

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An Absolute Joy  Feb 10, 2010
As a graduate of the same school as the author, I enjoyed his interesting experiences with Fuller, his candor and honesty, and his incredible insight into his own heart. He shares his weaknesses and his triumphs, his trials and his victories, equally. No triumphalism here.

This is absolutely one of the best books I have read in many years!

I promise you will not be disappointed.

Dr. Jeffry L. Smith
Assaulted By Joy  Sep 10, 2009
Perfect for : Personal Use, Great for the cynic in your life, Bible Study

In a nutshell: I immediately liked the author - his candidness and honesty was refreshing, and while I could not relate to everything he wrote about, he sounds alot like one or two people I know well! I was able to gain some insight into my own life and relationships from the author. He talks openly about his life from the time he was seven, through school, college, marriage and parenthood. I'll hand it to him - he was able to see what it was in his life that turned him into a cynical person, and he explained it in a conversational tone, so it was easy to understand. The entire book is that way: conversational in tone with plenty of examples and pearls of wisdom. This is a great book for both the cynic and the bystander, as well as people who have gone through life changes like marriage and parenthood! The author shows us that even in our ups and downs, God is at work in our life and has not forgotten us, we just don't understand what he is doing right now. An added benefit for me is that I feel the author was able to help me see that some actions and comments are made with certain intentions that I may not understand at the time, and my reaction may not be what the other person is expecting.
It hooked me!  Jul 25, 2009
Typically this is not a book I would pick up and read for fun, but after reading the back cover and the subtitle {The Redemption of a Cynic}, I was hooked. The book read very quickly and I was laughing out loud and reading bits of it to my husband while we were driving.

Stephen's life, from youth group days to finding out he would be the father of quadruplets, is portrayed with honesty and humor. He shares openly about his feelings and what he has learned along the way in his relationship with God. There are many points in his walk with God that I can relate to and understand the cynicism that easily sets into life.

One of my favorite quotes from the book:

"It never occurred to me that ignoring God was the thing creating my despair. Instead, I blamed it on him. But once I started talking to God again and nurturing our relationship, my feelings of despair evaporated. I discovered that griping about God does nothing. Griping to God invites him into the conversation.

And once he starts talking, it's hard to stay hopeless.' {p. 121}

Those who have read the book can fully appreciate the Assaulted by Joy website since he has a picture scrapbook of sorts posted for his readers - making the book even more relate-able. You can even take the Christian Cynic Quiz {which is hilarious} and see where you are on the cynicism scale.
Great for seekers  Mar 20, 2009
Such an enjoyable read! Witty and warm, yet with the impact of his angst, Simpson has shared his journey with all of its ups and downs. I love his honesty in presenting not only his viewpoint but in stepping back to objectively finish the picture. This book would be great for sharing with adolescents and adults who are looking for thoughtful answers about life and faith.
The resolution of the book is a spiritual breakthrough, a gift of God's  Mar 4, 2009
This book isn't categorized as a memoir, and yet it has that flavor --- a strong narrative voice carrying a specific thread through a life story. Many compelling Christian memoirs are "prodigal" stories: a person returning to faith after years of raucous living. There's a hint of that journey here, but Stephen Simpson's ASSAULTED BY JOY feels a bit different --- and refreshingly so.

Here's a hyperactive child, then teen, then grown man, who wants and has a relationship with God but who wrestles with a church youth leader's rigid rules, a peer's sudden death, a girlfriend's goodbye. After college he gets a first job, as a church youth group leader, only to be terminated with little cause and no warning. This is a young man who didn't know how to assimilate the hard knocks that are part of life. Where to lay the blame? It must be God's fault.

Later, at critical junctures, especially in grad school (Fuller Theological Seminary, where he earned concurrently a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a master's in theology), Simpson senses God's intervening grace. A well-placed word by a fellow classmate who, like Simpson, doesn't seem to fit the school's stereotypical profile. A helpful Christian counselor. A journey begins, "trying to feel good about God again."

Most of Simpson's chapters focus on a specific person who complicates a particular area of his life. Much of the chapter presents the person as an irritant; Simpson tells the story from a young cynic's viewpoint. But then the chapter turns around, as he looks back with a broader view, appreciating the lessons he learned through that particular season.

As the book progresses, as a former cynic he defines and analyzes cynicism. "Beneath the surly and sarcastic exterior of a cynic lies a broken heart. Most cynics once believed in something with all their hearts and minds." And he personalizes it: God "showed me, one more time, that cynicism doesn't really keep me safe --- it just keeps me from joy."

In this book, Simpson journeys toward joy. But, as the title promises, there's an eventual "assault" that comes by means of fatherhood, not of a single child but of quadruplets --- three girls and one boy. Their initial arrival does not bring the turnaround; in the short term the children seriously strain his marriage, prompting an overload of stress and work. Rather, the joy breaks out when the kids are about a year old (he finishes the book when they are two years old) --- after marriage counseling and after being forced to "slow down" by a physical ailment.

The resolution of the book is a spiritual breakthrough, a gift of God's. But it is so closely tied to the gift of young children that I would not recommend this book for someone struggling with infertility. And yet, this is an engaging, redemptive read. It's a good narrative that slips in a psychologist's advice for mature and faithful living. Recommended for restless or cynical men --- and women --- who wonder if they're ever going to find a place of rest or joy.

--- Reviewed by Evelyn Bence

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