New Release Spotlight: Aggressively Happy by Joy Marie Clarkson

One of my favorite podcasts is Joy Clarkson’s Speaking with Joy. She talks about books, theology, history, and lifestyle in a way that always draws me in. This podcast is where I first heard about one of my favorite books of last year, Piranesi. It does require some concentration though, so I have not kept up terribly well since last summer’s book club read-along ended. However, Joy released a book last week, and I am very excited to read anything she publishes!

About the Book

Aggressively Happy: A Realist's Guide to Believing in the Goodness of Life

Title: Aggressively Happy

Author: Joy Marie Clarkson

Genre: Nonfiction; Memoir/Theology/Commentary on Art and Life? I am not entirely sure where exactly it lands.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): This world can be ugly, despairing, and cynical–but you can cultivate resilient joy that will give you peace and delight in times of turmoil. Through memorable storytelling and humor, Joy Clarkson offers respite and rejuvenation and reveals simple secrets to lasting happiness that will leave you feeling lighter, braver, and wiser.

About the Author

Joy Clarkson is a lover of God and people, a crafter of words, and a dedicated evangelist for the soul-enriching benefits of teatime. She studied Rhetorical Communications at Biola University, where she competed on the speech and debate team as a champion of parliamentary debate. Joy is currently working on her doctorate in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she enjoys long walks on the shore of the North Sea and visits to tiny fishing villages. She fills her days with academic research, music making, adventuring, and savoring deep conversations with her soul friends. In her spare time, Joy bakes, sings, reads, writes, dabbles in marketing, adores golden retrievers, and drinks too much tea.

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You can connect with Joy Clarkson through her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I’m also partial to her podcast, although I have not kept up with it consistently in a while.

Note: Joy hasn’t updated her official bios yet, but I remember seeing on her blog a little while ago that she has competed her doctorate degree! I can’t imagine keeping up with so many things while studying, and I’m “only” working on a Master’s!

Have you read a book published by someone you learned about through a podcast?

Until the next chapter,


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  1. I still don’t know the difference between a programme and a podcast. Sometimes I hear a broadcast on the radio and they say it’s a podcast, but it sounds like an ordinary programme.


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