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Coffee With Bishop Suriel: Putting Joy Into Practice | Phoebe Farag Mikhail Part II [E#09]
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Coffee With Bishop Suriel: Putting Joy Into Practice | Phoebe Farag Mikhail Part II [E#09]

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Episode 09 | Putting Joy into Practice By Phoebe Farag Mikhail

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Putting Joy into Practice | Phoebe Farag Mikhail’s interesting conversation continues as she describes what joy is and isn’t. She also shares stories from her daily life to highlight how to implement the seven ways of living joyfully from the early Church. This book was a #1 bestseller on Amazon in the Christian Orthodoxy category.

Putting Joy Into Practice: Seven Ways to Lift Your Spirit from the Early Church

Putting Joy into Practice: Seven Ways to Lift Your Spirit from the Early Church is an invitation to a life of joy. Phoebe Farag Mikhail explains what joy is and how to experience it through seven spiritual practices that cultivate our inner lives and connect us to our communities.

These seven practices, which include giving thanks, hospitality, praise, and more, take us on a journey that leads to joy through the giving and receiving of sacrificial love. Phoebe Farag Mikhail describes her own experiences and struggles with joy and offers practical ways to implement these practices to increase joy in our own lives and in the lives of all those around us.

Putting Joy Into Practice: Seven Ways to Lift Your Spirit from the Early Church

In the book, Phoebe Farag Mikhail writes about how we can use seven spiritual practices to find joy, live in it, protect it, and share it with others. This is a great resource for orthodox men and women, but any Christian and a non-Christian alike can benefit from this book and may get many ideas and benefits from it.

The book – Putting Joy into Practice – is very easy to read and engaging, and the chapters, while thorough, are not terribly long, so you can read a chapter on even a short lunch break, or during your commute, or other times you may be a little crunched for time but want to read something beneficial and engaging. It is also a good choice for a book/study group.

For example, the author wrote an example of the Morning Prayer to use on days for when we may be having a rushed/tiresome day weary, or just don’t have the strength/energy to go through the more formal/lengthy version. For those not familiar, Orthodox Christians use a book of hours that contains readings/prayers to be read at certain times a day. The one that this example is based on is from the Coptic version, called the Agpeya. But again, you do NOT have to be orthodox to benefit from Putting Joy into Practice.

Phoebe also offers a chapter on Arrow Prayers, step six. These are very short prayers that you can memorize and say throughout the day. Such as the Jesus Prayer, for those familiar. The book listed several examples of arrow prayers.

There are different ways this book can be utilized. you may read a chapter, and then spends time putting that step into practice until you feel that it is natural now, and then moves on and reads the next chapter. The steps are really tools you can use. And working with these steps/tools really has helped many maintain joy on good days, as well as helping find it again somewhat on bad days.

About Phoebe Farag Mikhail

Phoebe Farag Mikhail is a wife, mother of three children, writer, speaker, educator, and advocate. She blogs about faith, family, relationships, and community at Being in Community ( Phoebe Farag Mikhail serves alongside her husband at St. Antonious & St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and works in international development. She is the author of inaugural the book “Putting Joy into Practice”

About Coffee With Bishop Suriel

In our busy lives, finding a resource to answer many of our faith-related queries can be challenging. Each Wednesday join Bishop Suriel, a popular religious leader, thinker, and writer as he presents a fresh perspective on Orthodox Christian faith with an emphasis on all things Coptic. Whether you want to learn more about Christian faith, or delve deeper into Orthodoxy and spiritual life, then this is the Christian podcast for you. Tune in for a new episode every Wednesday! Listen on Apple Podcasts ~ Google Podcasts ~ Overcast ~ Castro

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