Joy Jots: Exercises for a Happy Heart, is a transformative experience which allows the reader to gain insight and spiritually develop based on the schedule of the Hijri Year. Each chapter provides education and enrichment regarding each Islamic month. Readers can develop a relationship with the Islamic year in a way they never before imagined.
A 52-week literary journey, allowing readers to engage in weekly lessons that will resonate with them not just as individuals, but also as members of their family and community. Joy Jots creates a path toward positive cultural change and joyful faith wherever you live and what season of life you're in.
Reflections and Exercises after each of the 52 chapters facilitates gentle and practical applications of its lessons. Each week is intertwined with Dr. Tamara Gray's scholarly advice, personal stories, and advice that has been passed down by sages and intellectuals generation after generation.
This book takes you through weekly reflections with lovely stories and heartfelt commentary. It expresses both joy and grief and the interconnected mess of it all. I have been really enjoying it, especially with the weekly Joy Jots book club on Instagram w/ Anse Tamara Gray :)
This book has far surpassed my expectations in terms of aiming to reach a higher level of spirituality and a realistic outline of ways that week by week one can connect to the history and significance of our faith. The reflections and projects are directed towards personal, familial, and community development so all aspects of our existence in thiRead more about review stating This book has far surpasseds life for the Hereafter is expounded upon. The beautiful anecdotes the author shares are heartwarming, uplifting, and utterly delightful.
This book is such a joy! With guided exercises and food for thought for every week of the Islamic year, it helps you to pause and reflect on how you connect with Allah and your community as well as how you can give back. Would recommend.
Journey together through 52 weeks of personal reflections, spiritual exercises and joyful faith! Dr. Tamara Gray expands on each chapter: lessons and exercises. Recordings are available on YouTube.Watch on YouTube
Dr. Tamara Gray is also an author and translator. Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts. She has authored two books: Joy Jots: Exercises for a happy heart & Project Lina: Bringing our whole selves to Islam, and co-translated the Mukhtasir al-Jami’ fi al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya by Samīra Zayid [Compendium of the Collection of Sources on al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya] In addition to her work at Rabata, Dr. Gray sits on the Collegeville Institute’s Inter-religious Fellows Program, working to develop educational programming for faith leaders around social justice issues. She also serves as both faculty and an academic council member for The Islamic Seminary of America, teaches at the United Theological Seminary of the TwinCities and is a Senior Fellow at the Yaqeen Institute. She has recently joined the Fiqh council of North America in addition to her other responsibilities. Learn more
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