Father of quadruplets teaches about what it means to live filled with joy
Apr 22, 2009
Assaulted by Joy by Stephen W. Simpson is a moving story of one man's journey through faith to joy. Simpson came to Jesus when he was only seven, but like many of us Christians, he thought that accepting Jesus into his heart would ensure an easy life. It would be easy not to sin, and the roadblocks that everyone else faces wouldn't exist. The discovery that that's a false belief is difficult for many new believers, and the troubles Simpson faced made him angry at God. He still attended church, but stopped communicating with his Savior, which made bearing all of those troubles even more difficult. But God has a funny way of bringing us back to Him. After a struggle to become pregnant, Simpson and his wife, Shelley, became pregnant with quadruplets. What should have been a time of joy became a time of torment as they had to consider selective reduction, Shelley was on bed rest for eight months, and the constant worry that the children would face major physical and mental disabilities after birth. Simpson is a captivating writer; I read one chapter a night as part of my devotional time, and I had a hard time putting it down after just that one chapter. The writing is excellent, and Simpson's story is one of real triumph. Not Simpson's triumph, but God's to show him the true meaning of joy and faith. It's a beautiful story with powerful lessons for those who may be seeking joy and something to believe in. <br/><br/>
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