When Jennifer Jones Austin, the picture of good health, found herself burdened by a fever she couldn’t shake, doctors insisted it was merely viral and told her to sleep it off. Just days later she lay comatose with a 99% probability of imminent death.
Stricken suddenly with an acute form of leukemia that required a bone marrow transplant to increase her chances of survival, Jennifer and her family and friends were in a race against time as she fought cancer and together they searched for a bone marrow donor to cure her and others of the deadly disease. With focus and precision that will leave you breathless, Consider It Pure Joy is a story that if not lived would make for a great novel. It is the harrowing account of one woman's horrific battle with a life-threatening illness, and the power of faith and community to transform desperation into joy.
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“Some stories stay with you for life. This is one of them!”
Rev. A.R. Bernard, founder and CEO of the Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, New York
“With grounded humor, transparency, and discipline, Consider It Pure Joy walks us through an incredible journey of courage and faith.”
Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson, Executive Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York
“Jennifer Jones Austin writes like an angel who has been “to hell and back” with her faith in God paying for the round-trip ticket. This uplifting and compelling page turner will be my go-to ministry resource that I will recommend to all whose lives are turned upside down because of a dire diagnosis.”
Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, Senior Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
“… a testament of resilience that will help others find strength in adversity.”
Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
“Far more than one woman’s story of surviving cancer. It is about finding the meaning of life and the purpose of our existence on this earth.”
Dale T. Irvin, President and Professor of World Christianity, New York Theological Seminary