The Secret of Spiritual Joy, by William P. Farley
“Oh, what biblical wisdom is contained in this brief book.”–Bruce A. Ware (Chairman, Department of Christian Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
At one time or another, most Christians struggle with depression, discouragement, or despondency. When this happens, spiritual joy is the great need. William Farley has written a practical book to help flawed human beings discover and implement the secret to spiritual joy.
The author contends that the gospel is the key to a life overflowing with joy. That is because a right understanding of the gospel produces the humility that motivates a life of continual thanksgiving. A heart humbled by the gospel is the well from which stressed believers can draw the gratitude that generates spiritual joy.
This book also examines common joy-killers like grumbling, complaining, boasting, and self-pity, and provides practical suggestions for conquering them. Such attitudes cannot co-exist in a heart saturated with gospel-gratitude. Ultimately, a clear grasp of the cross is the secret to spiritual joy.
Bill was converted to Christ while doing graduate studies at Gonzaga University in 1971. He worked for 25 years in the business world before retiring from his business in 1999 to pursue full-time ministry. In 2002 he became the senior pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship in Spokane, Washington. He is the author of For His Glory, (Pinnacle, 1998) Outrageous Mercy (Baker Books, 2004, republished by (P&R 2009), Gospel Powered Parenting, P&R 2009), and Gospel Powered Humility (P&R Sept 2011), and Hidden in the Gospel (P&R Feb 2014). Bill and his wife, Judy, live in Spokane, Washington. They have five children and twenty grandchildren.
“One always reads ‘the secret of…’ with some degree of incredulity. Is there really one thing, above all else, that can be demonstrated to be the secret? In this instance Bill Farley has made his case and it is compelling. Oh, what biblical wisdom is contained in this brief book, wrapped in engrossing historical and contemporaries stories that illustrate beautifully the richness of that biblical truth. Reading this book has given me greater earnestness to pursue the path of joy Farley has here mapped so skillfully. May God be pleased to use this book to do the same for innumerable other Christian pilgrims.”
—Bruce A. Ware, author; Chairman, Department of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Continuing his explorations of how the biblical gospel both fuels and shapes the cultivation of Christ-like virtues, Bill Farley turns his attention in this volume to the joy that sadly seems to elude so many believers. I especially appreciate how he interweaves solid theology with practical illustrations so that all who read this short but powerful book can emerge with a trustworthy and clear understanding of how to recognize and experience this gracious blessing from the Lord.”
—Randal Roberts, President and Professor of Spiritual Formation, Western Seminary