Martha Beck‘s book, The Joy Diet, is one of my favorites. First of all, the concept of having a diet for the purpose of joy is just great. What a lovely spin on the worn out guilt-inducing word “diet.” Second of all, the first step is doing nothing. Truly, doing nothing. This is a woman who gets it!
Now, as a Christian, I tend to make my “nothing” contemplative prayer. Given how passive and receiving that is, I figure it counts. But I’ve also read enough of Martha Beck to figure that she would allow my alteration. I’ve worked through the Joy Diet in the past, and I am now working through it again. In fact, I started a Meetup group to hold me accountable for moving through the steps. If you are interested in joining us, please do! We meet at noon on Wednesdays at New World Coffee.
Why do I recommend this book to others? Because I find it has helped me be truthful, with myself and others, and stay in touch with my emotions, both good and bad. This has, in turn, strengthened my faith in God and given me grounds for true humility. The Joy Diet is a tool that brings freedom into my life, freedom I use to live out my faith and my calling. I believe it can do the same for you!