Area Authors Explore God's 'Joy,' Passion; Books Probe Adversity, Awareness
Byline: Emily Louise Zimbrick, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Two Washington-area women have come out with books saying joy can be found in Christianity.
Luella Nash LeVee, the Rockville author of "Pure Joy: Walking Through Trials With Christ," was either confined to a wheelchair or barely able to move around with a walker for 18 years. She says she regained the ability to walk 10 years ago at a Christian healing service.
She then started a writing-and-editing business, Dynamic Words. After "Pure Joy" was turned down by 42 publishers, Mrs. LeVee added a publishing division to her own business, painted and designed the cover, edited the work and published it herself. Her son, Biff LeVee, created a Web site, www.dynamicwords.com/purejoy, to market the book.
One reader bought 33 copies to give away to friends who need encouragement.
"I've always been surprised by joy," said the quiet auburn-haired woman, who still walks with a slight tilt to the left. "I go through trials and then at the end I find joy, but the Scriptures promise just that. Joy is not dependent upon circumstances for the believer. It is a deep well of quiet peace and rejoicing that comes from our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ."
Her book has stories of 22 persons who have met with adversity, but maintained or found joy. Mrs. LeVee dubs them "joy veterans" and chronicles their stories to encourage and educate readers on how to experience joy in suffering.
One 80-year-old interviewee, Gene Walter, who has since died, told her, "The most wonderful thing that ever happened to me in my spiritual life is to come down with cancer because it opened up the word of God."
The only famous person profiled is NFL Giants' starting defensive linebacker Dhani Jones.
"All the others are ordinary people, and if I can have joy through all I've gone through and do it at my age, others can, too," she explained. …