Jan Johnson D.Min.
Speaker and author of 20 books including Renovation of theHeart in Daily Practice: Experiments in Spiritual Transformationwith Dallas Willard
This book offers a shortcut to transformation by showing us ways to cooperate with how the brain is wired to run best on joy. Emotional maturity is at our doorstep through skills practiced in everyday life.
Director for Renovator Ministries
What a powerful reality unfolds in these chapters for Spiritual Formation to Christlikeness! One can only hope every pastor in America gets this book in their hands and applies it forthright.
David I. Levy MD
Neurosurgeon and author of Gray Matter
Dr. Wilder and colleagues have created a densely packed, multi-disciplinary wealth of information built from their own experiences in counseling, teaching and addiction. Their premise that joy is primarily experienced through relationships and essential to healthy life is backed by scientific research. This book sheds light on how and why joy is lost, the variety of things we try and substitute for it, and how best to get joy back. This is a valuable resource.
I absolutely love Joy Starts Here. It is so much easier to teach than the Life Model or any of the other classes because the terminology instantly makes sense to people. It unfolds like a map of how to live like Jesus taught - in joy and shalom during the storms of life.
Dr. Dallas Willard
Joy Starts Here provides the best model I've seen for bringing Christ to the center of counseling and restoring disintegrated community fabric within Christian churches.