— to where I come to write and think and share ideas. My work and writing (so people tell me) is a combination of frankness and humor about life along with insight that moves people to action. My intention has always been to encourage boldness and creativity in people so that they use their unique talent well.
This book was written as I tried out a prayer/practice for the first time in forty years. The book has daily reflections interspersed with some personal narratives from my life. It shows my raggedy real approach with issues of faith and ego and prayer and god, and with giving up the spiritual search and coming back again. "Anyway" and "Ambivalent" are the important words of the title.
I like that the book gives people permission to experiment with a devotional practice without any judgment—to pray “anyway.” I like that it makes people think and smile and that it sparks a good laugh or a big disagreement. I want you to read I PRAY ANYWAY: Devotions for the Ambivalent and join the conversation. Let me know what you think.
A companion to my first book, the Playbook is for discussion groups, book clubs, and individual exploration. It has small chapters on themes raised in I Pray Anyway like God, Faith and Doubt Path, The Ego Dilemma, Soul Hunger, The Cosmic Itch, and Spiritual Pioneering. Each topic has an introduction, questions for a book club or discussion group, and experiential activities for workshops. There are resources for further exploration on each topic.
Coming in Fall 2020! This is a "carry along" book that is a smaller format than the I Pray Anyway books. The content is similar, it is made up of reflections interspersed with narratives from my personal life. Written five years from the first I Pray Anyway book, the tone and content is different - more social concern and anger as well as wisdom gained from getting older.
My work in executive and personal coaching gives me the opportunity to use my experience as an expert in leadership development to encourage people to use their talent and live with full power. I’ve been told my unique flavor of coaching is deep insight, humor, clear thinking and challenging people to action.
“Brilliant is probably the best word to describe Joyce and her work. She leaves a mark with people she touches through her presence, her words, her questions. Once you’ve “met” Joyce, your life will be different. Her words, in whatever shape or form, will have changed you."
- L., CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
GLOBAL FOOD RETAILER
"Joyce is a force to be reckoned with and cannot be ignored. So when her words bruise you, listen up, you are about to grow. Joyce sees what most of us miss. Yes, she has her blind spots, but they are fewer than anyone I know. Perhaps too trusting. Joyce is like a thermostat. She scans the environments and brings the right amount heat or coolness to get things and people moving. Joyce is generous with her love, time and talent. Some say this is the soft side of Joyce but I beg to differ. It is her strongest and most tenacious gift. And yes, Joyce is brilliant, and playful, and determined, and the best learning partner I know."
- BOB STAPLETON,
RETIRED FOOD INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE,
LEADERSHIP COACH, AND HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANT