As a bibliophile, I not only take in the content of the book, but the cover, the font, the title headings etc. I don’t expect these things to differ from the norm, but when I come across a book that is exceptional in this area, I do notice it.
I suppose it only makes sense the artist Kathy Davis’ book Scatter Joy would be exceptional in appearance. It really is. Each page has parts of the text set off in an interesting way, there are pictures and squiggles on the pages. It truly adds to her message of experiencing joy through artistic expression: “Whatever from of art you are carrying in your heart, I encourage you to honor it, nurture it, and share it with others” (page 34). She goes on to explain that this form of expression can be via things you wouldn’t normally consider “art.” The interests that you have — “your thing” about which you are passionate — create the same effect as more traditional forms of artistic expression such as painting, music, or writing.
Because of these special extras, this would make a lovely gift book (perhaps as an end-of-year gift for teachers– for those of you like us who are still in school — or a Sunday School teacher). I think that my copy will stay in my guest room to brighten my visitors’ stay.
Scatter Joy tells about Kathy’s experience of stepping out and forming her own business in 1990. Among other things (many other things), Kathy designs greeting cards (Enter to win a set for yourself at 5 Minutes for Giveaways). Kathy’s story will inspire anyone who has ever wondered, “Could I? Should I?”
Each chapter includes simple tips for scattering joy or finding joy — in the morning, in the evening, at work, by performing random acts of kindness, or having gratitude. The suggestions are nothing earth-shattering (Watch a favorite show; Phone a friend), but I think that the simplicity works. Imagine if you actually did these things instead of just complaining? They are simple enough that you could resolve to add these things into the different parts of your life. The chapters end with “something to think about.” This short question would be great way to follow-up with a friend — to encourage each other to begin to search for joy in your life or scatter it in someone else’s.
Read more inspiring thoughts, or share your own inspirational stories, videos, and photos at scatterjoy.com.
If you’d like t win a copy of this book (U.S. residents only), leave a comment. This giveaway will be open two weeks, and we will post the winner on June 24.
Also remember to enter out the Scatter Joy greeting card giveaway at 5 Minutes for Giveaways.