About Joy DeKok

Joy DeKok is a multipublished author. She not only enjoys sharing her writing, but also the writing of friends who write and authors whose writing she enjoys.

Words of Worship – Heaven by Joy Lenton

Words of Worship – Heaven by Joy Lenton

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Heaven ©JoyLenton2013   A far off country as close as our next breath seated now in heavenly places known completely after death.   Glimpsed in a loved one’s eyes and the cries of a newborn’s birth way beyond moon, stars or skies close and familiar as earth.   Sometimes it’s hard to believe we will […]

Words of Worship: For Such a Time as This by Merissa Lee Kelly

Words of Worship: For Such a Time as This by Merissa Lee Kelly


For Such a Time as This ~ Merissa Lee Kelly Jesus Christ seized the day, for his mission burned within He’d have to give his very life to break the yoke of sin And he has called us by his name to carry out the quest For time is growing way too short to stop […]

Books by Others ~ Jacob: Journaling the Journey by Michelle Lesley

Books by Others ~ Jacob: Journaling the Journey by Michelle Lesley


Michelle Lesley and I “met” when I had the privilege of reading her manuscript, Jacob: Journaling the Journey. Today, I’m delighted to share an excerpt from this Bible study with you as this week’s Books by Others post. Intro: Deceiver…Supplanter…Cheater…Liar…Patriarch Strap on your sandals and get ready for the journey of a lifetime.  Jacob’s lifetime—and […]

What Seems Unforgiveable

What Seems Unforgiveable

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This blog post is about the consequences of teenage sex and abortion – it is not intended for young readers.   The following is fiction based on fact. I took a little bit of this and a piece of that from real-life experiences people have shared with me and, wove them into a story. I know […]

Welcome To CrossReads Fall Into Reading Books! Where We Invite You To Fall Into Good, Wholesome Books – And Save Money! During the week of October 7th, readers can get books by several of their favorite CrossReads Christian authors who have joined together to offer their books at bargain prices. Monday through Friday (the 7th-11th), […]

Welcome back to Words of Worship. May God be glorified and may you be blessed! Faith Steps ~ by Joy Lenton   Each faltering step of faith I take draws me closer to Your heart revealing plans designed for me though I may only glimpse a part   Foretaste of the future and all that […]

Learn how you can buy these books NOW!   To Protect and Serve by Staci Stallings “I promise concern for others, and a willingness to help those in need,” Jeff Taylor said as he stood, hands clasped behind his back, shoulder-to-shoulder with 28 of Houston’s finest. His chest swelled with the words he had committed […]

Contemporary Romance Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming. […]

Welcome to Words of Worship. As often as possible on Sundays, I will share poetry by my friends and sometimes by me. We offer them in worship to God and in friendship to you. Without His Love ~ by Lucinda Berry Hill  Without His love Where would I be; Without the love He gives to […]

Sometimes, by the time you get to book three in a series, you feel let down. You wonder if the author has lost his or her interest in the story or the characters haven’t grown as much as you’d hoped. It’s fine, but not as good. In Savor, Barbara Ellen Brink is more invested […]

I’m so excited about this addition to Books by Joy & Others! Writing first lines is often hard work. You’re invited to take a look at these. If you like what you read, click on the book covers. Fiction First Lines. . . From author Barbara Ellen Brink author of The Fredrickson Winery Series. . […]

I spend part of my weekend planning for the week ahead, so today’s post by my friend Naty Matos is perfect timing. Naty is also the featured author in the newsletter releasing tomorrow. I hope you’ll sign up today. If not, I will be posting it in a few days in the archives on this […]

What is an infertile woman supposed to do with a woman who has chosen abortion more than once? Write a novel? You’ve got to be kidding! She wanted banana cream pie. She hated bananas. I looked at her and the truth splashed across my mind. In the car I asked her the normal “first” questions […]

Today is the end of almost two weeks of Poetry! This has been very popular and it’s my desire to share more poetry with all of you – at least once a month. Today’s featured poet is Cheryl Ricker, the author of the lovely book, A Friend in the Storm.  Take a deep breath and […]

This wasn’t the poem I was going to share – I thought I’d post one that was safer. I wrote this while writing the book, Poetry ~Touch the World With Your Art & Soul. It’s a little weird because it’s me talking to me. I tried to put that other poem out here. It’s a […]

Today’s featured poet is from the heart of my friend Jeanne. Over the years she has blessed me. She does it yet again today in this poem. . .  (Photo owned by Jeanne Doyon) Come Walk With Me ~ by Jeanne Doyon Walk with me Through shady paths Flower strewn gardens Climbing the gentle verdant […]

Welcome to a new Poetry Week! Today’s featured poet is Lucinda Berry Hill. Be sure to check out her book and mine below. For now, enjoy this tender poem.  Putting on the Coffee When I put on a pot of coffee My heart it drips a tear; For all the times we spent together For […]

What a great week here on Books by Joy with our Poetry Week. Today’s featured poet is Merissa Lee Kelley. And. . .the week will be extended at least two days into next week. How cool is that!? Very. Please read this whole post – Merissa generously shares the reason for this post after the […]