ACU alumna publishes devotional book


For Immediate Release
September 24, 1999

ABILENE - ACU Press released "Choosing Gladness: Letting God Occupy Your Heart," by Abilene Christian University alumnae and former Abilene Reporter-News section editor Julie Anderson.

According to Thom Lemmons, manager of retail and publishing at the ACU Press, Anderson discusses her own journey from frustration and anxiety toward the gladness provided by God. She now lives in Odessa, Texas.

"Choosing Gladness" covers such topics as why the need is so great and how to let God occupy your heart. Anderson also includes a study guide and workbook at the end of the book to help in personal study.

"I've always been interested in women's studies," Anderson said. "It started as a personal and spiritual study and then just developed into something much larger."

That something larger was "Choosing Gladness." After much personal study and visits with mentor Jeanene Reese, director of ACU's Center for Women in Christian Service, Anderson decided to turn her study into a book.

Even though the book is fined tuned to women, Anderson said anyone, male or female, who wants to make the personal choice to let God's gladness occupy their heart will find this book beneficial.

This book will primarily be used for Bible classes in churches, retreats and personal study.

Before writing the book, Anderson had been through a major transition in her life and decided that she wanted to "lift herself out of the unpleasant mindset and pattern of living she was in."

In the midst of numerous women's devotional and inspirational books in the market, Anderson's book stands out because of the abundance of personal examples and situations included. "Choosing Gladness" includes step-by-step instuctions and follow-up examples many similar books don't include.

"Choosing Gladness" retails for $10.95 and is available at the ACU's Campus Store and Abilene Educational Supply.

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