Sunday, October 29, 2017

Book review with a giveaway: Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle

About the Book:

Name of book: Pockets of Joy
Author: Roxane Battle
Genre: Non-fiction, inspirational
Release Date: September 5, 2017

”No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.”

Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jared. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget. With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the guiding force as she searched for moments of gratitude and found a lifetime of grace. She also includes secrets to spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today’s woman, with chapters on authenticity, service, generosity, gratitude, self-care, yielding, forgiveness, and more.

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My Review:

This was a very uplifting memoir written in an easily-readable, conversational tone.  The first part of the book describes how Roxane Battle dealt with being a single mother and a television journalist.  In the second part of the book, Battle offers some teachings to the reader that are easily received, because Battle has already proven herself with her real-life examples.  At the conclusion of the book, I was cheering for the author as she experienced a climactic event in her life.  I was so proud of her for all the good decisions she had made.

I recommend this book for all the uplifting, positive messages that it contains.  It was also interesting to get insight into the television news industry.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

Author Roxane Battle is veteran TV news journalist well known in the Minneapolis region for her work as an anchor, reporter, and former co-host of the KARE 11-NBC Today show. She currently produces award-winning videos for corporate and non-profit clients through her company, Roxane Battle, M. A., LLC. Named an “Architect of Change,” Roxane is a contributor to and has been featured in Working Mother, Ebony magazines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. An entertaining and inspiring speaker, she is regularly called upon to address civic, business, and philanthropic groups. She’s recently been a keynote speaker at events hosted by the Girl Scouts, TeamWomen Minnesota, and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. For more on Roxane Battle:  Twitter @roxanebattle

Guest post from Roxane Battle

What this book is about is the season in my life when I was on my own and overwhelmed with trying to put my life back together while I learned how to raise a child and navigate a demanding television
career. A working, divorced single mom. That was me. For years.

There were many days when I smiled in front of the camera and cried alone at night. During those years, my time in the wilderness, I learned a lot about myself.

I am now at a point when I am able, willing, and desire to share the very personal and intimate stories of how I found peace in the midst of my struggles. I discovered what I call pockets. Pockets of joy. The kind of joy that causes your eyes to mist and wash over the hurt. The kind of joy that catches you by surprise and for a moment makes you forget, if ever so briefly, that you ever felt pain. The kind of joy that, in some ways, cannot even be described.

It is my hope and prayer my story will enable others to grasp a piece of the kind of joy I’m talking about and allow it to stir the kind of hope within that can renew and transform.

Blog Stops:

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 26
Carpe Diem, October 26
autism mom, October 27
Avid Reader Book Reviews, October 28
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 29
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 30
Reflections From My Bookshelves, October 31
Moments Dipped in Ink, November 1
The Fizzy Pop Collection, November 2
A Greater Yes, November 3
A Reader’s Brain, November 4
Splashes of Joy, November 5
Mary Hake, November 6
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 7
Texas Book-aholic, November 8


In honor of her tour, Roxanne is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, in Pockets of Joy tote bag with Abba Jerusalem Frankincense pillar candle, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book.

1st Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, “You Are An Amazing Woman” (Abbey Press) mug, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book.

2nd Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book!

Click the link to enter!


  1. Nice review of Pockets of Joy. This book should be read by all women to see the victory they can have when they choose to focus on the positive with joy.

  2. Enjoyed the review. Sounds like a good read.

  3. Wonderful review. Sounds very encouraging.