Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review + GIVEAWAY: Breath of Joy! Winter Whispers by Kathy Joy

About the Book

Book: Breath of Joy! Winter Whispers
Author: Kathy Joy
Genre: Non-fiction, Gift Book, Picture Book
Release Date: October 1, 2019

The final book in the series, Breath of Joy, Winter Whispers speaks of the deep quiet earth movements that echo human proving grounds and transitions during rest. Photo Art and Prose. Three everyday celebrations on every page spread are not commercially Christmas but rather interrelational and spiritually poised. This is simply, because in Winter when the earth’s axis is the farthest away from the sun, people warm themselves and grow in the wonder of darkness, where God still sees us, breathing life. 

Click here to get your copy. 

My Thoughts

Winter Whispers, book #4 in the Breath of Joy series by Kathy Joy, is a wonderful little book! Sometimes the best things come in small packages and that’s the case here. Winter Whispers is a personal experience, a visual journey that conjures up the warm glow of memories – and all who read it will connect in their own way.

The Breath of Joy series celebrates each season, and while Winter Whispers is the first I’ve read, I would treasure all of them. The visual story is well grounded in faith, reminding that we are God’s children and that He is with us through even the most difficult of times, working in our lives.

Winter Whispers is a blend of poetic language and evocative images, each complimenting the other in a celebration of the season. I found the thoughts and pictures moving as they enveloped me in treasured memories and gratitude to the Creator. It would make an excellent coffee table book, enticing guests to join in this journey. And it’s a great book just to reminisce with throughout the winter season.

I’ll end by sharing a few of my favorite random thoughts from the creative pen of Kathy Joy, all of which I can relate to …

The honesty of trees in Winter,
how the limbs know to let things go…

Finding resolve in a discouraged spirit …
and discovering music in the pain of a confession

An awkward hello and a tearful goodbye…
A drink from the cup of forgiveness…
Even when the dregs are bitter.

The handwriting of someone you love…
And one small, gracious act that multiplies

Slogging through the waves to the other side of grief,
A soaked and victorious landing on the shore.


I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

      Kathy Joy enjoyed being a popular Christian radio D.J. in Colorado for many years. When her husband wanted to move to Pennsylvania to take over the family farm, Kathy Joy accompanied him with their two young daughters. Four years later, Kathy Joy found herself a widow raising two teenagers. 
      To stave off despair, she began writing three every day celebrations in a journal. Friends on Facebook began prompting her to write a book, and so the beginning of the Breath of Joy series began. 
      Kathy Joy now works in human services, speaking wonder on the weekends to grief therapy groups, motivational corporate meetings, and women’s retreats. Some of her topics include Vision Board workshops, Being a Harbor Pilot, Mirroring the Savior, The Fifth Season, and A Christmas Tea.  

More from Kathy

I’m so excited to join Celebrate Lit for this first real blog tour of my Breath of Joy series!

As a collector of celebrations, curating pithy delights and sharing them with my readers, I do hope you enjoy the visual experience and personal comfort offered in my Winter Whispers book.

Wintertime, especially Christmas and Valentine’s day, can be some of the toughest times of the year for people who have experienced trauma, or significant loss and grief. I’m one of those people.  Collecting three everyday celebrations for me was a means of refocusing on common joys in my life. They were a means of turning my despair into faith. Now, by publishing four books in less than two years, I have encountered another ladder of faith and I continue to face fear in order to live the adventure that God has for me.

Don’t you know, the Lord gives us many different kinds of gifts, and some of those gifts we would rather return to Him?  However, my seasonal “Breath of Joy!” books helped me not only to be thankful for the phase of life in which I found myself, but writing these books also built depth into my relationship with my real self, not my public persona, and specifically with the real God of the Bible.

It brings joy to my heart to collect snapshots of life and give my readers an opportunity to experience simple blessings in fresh, new ways. My books were borne out of sudden loss and grief when my husband of 23 years died of a massive heart attack. Gathering up my will to go forward, I remembered he always encouraged me to collect “beautiful moments” and write them down.

Now, when people connect with me, they say things like, “I couldn’t sleep, and so I picked up your book, and it gave me a new perspective that has helped me go on. If you can do it, so can I.” / “I went to one of Kathy Joy’s vision board making workshops. When I posted my board on the refrigerator, I had no idea how much I would rely on it to get me through the next year.  I am writing this to thank you for helping me stay out of the hospital for a full year.” /

”Just downloaded your file/book. Absolutely beautiful. I thought you wrote prose/poetry. Forgive me for putting you off. I loved perusing the pages. I went through it too fast. I need to sip it. I will peruse it again tomorrow. Totally different from what I thought it’d be. Hmmm. It’s more than a coffee table book. Gift book. Calming book. Nice, very nice.  Let me sit with it and ponder it. Lovely creation.

These kinds of receptions make my day. They let me know that God still has adventures for me to take and purposes for me to speak wonder into other people’s lives.



To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize of a copy of the book in reader’s choice of format!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I love this book, too. I can pick it up and read a page or two and just melt into a pool of reflection and even prayer.

  2. Thank you so much for having thisbook on here. The most beautiful things in life are the moments He gives.

  3. So pretty and sounds very good. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Wow, as the author, I'm so pleased with your description of Winter Whispers. Thank you for including some of the words/memories, too.