Korika L. Johnson -
Joy Comes in the Mourning -
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5 out of 5 books -
Joy Comes In The Mourning by Korika L. Johnson is a story about Tonya Monroe, a 30-year-old woman who has a great government job at the Department of Health, a nice home, and a bangin’ body that most women envy and men desire. The one thing that Tonya is lacking is peace of mind. At the tender age of fourteen, Tonya’s mother was killed and her alcoholic father turned his back on her, leaving her mother’s best friend Carolyn to raise her.
Carolyn is a God-fearing woman that faithfully attends church and is in almost everything her church is involved in. Between her husband volunteering her services and her current activities with the church, she barely has time for herself. Carolyn is quick with a prayer or word of advice and sometimes comes off a little too critical. This is one of the reasons for Tonya and Carolyn’s recent rift in their relationship. When Tonya becomes ill and is told that she has an incurable disease, she is at her wits end. So she does the only thing she can...she turns to God. She puts her faith in God to help her cope and deal with this the best way that she can. Instead of mourning for the sentence that the doctors gave her, will joy come in her faith?
Joy Comes In The Mourning by Korika L. Johnson was a wonderful debut novel of love, forgiveness and faith. Although this was a little too churchy, Ms. Johnson does an excellent job in conveying her point. On a personal note, this book really touched me, mainly because recently a friend of mine was diagnosed with this same disease, and honestly I did not know much about this disease. In reading this novel, I am a little more knowledgeable about the disease and I have more empathy for her and what she has to deal with on a daily basis. For this, I commend Ms. Johnson! Another thing I enjoyed about this novel is the many great quotes I found. I am not an avid Christian Fiction reader, but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!
Reviewed by Leona for Urban Reviews
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