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Grand Rapids, MI, October 10, 2011 — After an overwhelming response to Kay Warren’s life-changing women’s Bible study series, “Choose Joy,” Revell will publish Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough (ISBN: 978-0-8007-2172-5, $21.99, April 2012). “Like following the two parallel rails on a railroad track, the journey of life includes both joy and sorrow at the same time. To focus on joy is a choice,” said Kay Warren.

Drawing from both biblical examples and personal experience, Warren explains the meaning of joy, where to find it, and how to choose it in the toughest of times. “In these days of recession, conflict, and uncertainty, women need a reason for joy more than ever before,” said Warren.

The decision to write this book was shaped by the tremendous response to Warren’s recent teaching series on joy at Saddleback Church, with more than 5,000 women in attendance. Some of these women had this to say about the experience:

“Choose Joy was life changing. To know that joy and sorrow go side by side and it’s our choice as to what side we will stand on empowers me to intentionally stand on the joy side.”—Maria Hickman

“Every minute of Choose Joy touched my heart with a new light and perception of how joyful my life could be, can be, will be.”—Airma LeGere

“God just showered me with blessings in friendships, my marriage, and as a mom as I choose joy. This gave me a refreshed perspective.”—Sarah Donahou

In this powerful yet practical book, Warren shows readers—even those who live with the constant companions of discouragement and depression—that true joy is deeper, richer, and more accessible than they might think. “This is a subject I’ve seen women struggle with as they try to access joy on a daily basis—not just when life is going well. We can choose joy even in our pain,” Warren says.

Perfect for small groups or individual reading, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough will empower women who feel like their emotions and well-being are at the mercy of others by helping them understand the life-giving truth that joy is within their grasp—every day.

Warren’s work as founder of the HIV & AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church has garnered media coverage from around the country, including FOX News Report, Hannity & Colmes, Good Morning America, ABC’s Nightline, The 700 Club, Readers’ Digest, Guideposts, POZ, FIRST Magazine, Christianity Today, Sojourners,, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post.

“Kay is one of the most passionate Bible teachers I know, and we’re pleased to partner with her on Choose Joy. We believe the simplicity and power of her message will touch the lives of women around the world,” said Jack Kuhatschek, Executive Vice President & Publisher, Baker Publishing Group.

Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, is also the founder of the HIV & AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church. She is a Bible teacher, author, and international speaker. Warren frequently travels the globe to encourage HIV-positive men, women, and vulnerable children, and today she is a powerful voice on their behalf. In 2007, Kay authored Dangerous Surrender, and the revised and expanded softcover edition, retitled Say Yes to God, was released in 2010. She also coauthored Foundations, a systematic theology course used in churches around the world.She has three children and five grandchildren and lives with her husband Rick in Southern California. Learn more at, and follow her on Facebook (Kay Warren) and on Twitter (KayWarren1).

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