Alia Joy on Discovering God Through Weakness and Mental Illness
By Faith with Christine Hoover
Christine talks with Alia Joy, author of the book, Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack. Alia wonders if weakness is her spiritual gift. You’ll understand what she means when you listen to this conversation. Alia shares about growing up in poverty and how that formed her. She also shares about the day in her teenage years when she decided to take her own life and what happened that saved her life in the literal sense but also the spiritual sense. Although God rescued Alia that day, Alia shares about how knowing God doesn’t magically fix everything. She talks about mental illness and suicidal ideation, explaining what it’s like to live with these things, how she reconciles God’s goodness with ongoing suffering, and what she wants Christians to know about mental illness. LINKS FROM THE SHOWAlia's book, Glorious Weakness // Alia's article in Christianity Today, "God Saved Me From Suicide"Sign up for Christine's monthly newsletterSponsorsFind out more about the new book, Joy in the Sorrow, at thegoodbook.com. Find out more about Women in the Word by Jen Wilkin at crossway.org/ByFaith1.Connect with AliaWebsite // Facebook // Twitter // InstagramConnect with ChristineWebsite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyLeave a Review of By Faith on iTunesMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon
123 || How to be Faithful in the Dream You Didn't Want || Alia Joy
The Devoted Dreamers Podcast
Alia Joy is an author who believes the darkness is illuminated when we grasp each other’s hand and walk into the night together. She writes poignantly about her life with bipolar disorder as well as grief, faith, marriage, poverty, race, embodiment, and keeping fluent in the language of hope. God’s power is made perfect in your weakness. We know the Bible verse, but most of us would rather run from weakness than embrace it. Years ago, Alia might have told you the same. She never expected to write a book about weakness, nor did she expect to wrestle with mental illness, but this journey has put her on a path to be a voice for the hurting, the broken, and the lonely. Her new book Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack is meeting people in their place of need and giving them hope that they are not alone. There were so many incredible (and challenging) takeaways from this conversation with Alia. First, she offers a gentle reminder that sometimes our dreams don’t include a checklist of things to do. In fact, we should probably question whether results are really the point of any dream. Is God asking you for results or is He asking you for obedience? Alia provides an excellent biblical reminder not to fret, worry about, or covet what someone else has. This is especially true when you encounter others who are pursuing a dream that feels very similar to yours. Guess what? That’s not about you. If you feel you can celebrate someone who has a similar dream, then do so. But if you can’t without fretting, then unfollow, scroll past, and ask God to help you let go of those feelings. In this episode, you’ll also discover the value of finding a quiet place to release the noise of the world. Alia talks about how there can be too much of a good thing (like reading all the books or, for me, attending every last webinar so I can make up for what I think I lack in knowledge). If you’re currently feeling alone in your struggles or the pursuit of your God-shaped dream, I promise you, you’re not! I hope you’ll join us over in the Devoted Dreamers Insiders Facebook Group and get to know some fellow dreamers. We’d love to meet and encourage you toward Christ. You’ll find the show notes and all the ways to connect with Alia, here: http://www.merrittonsa.com/podcast/123 NEXT STEPS: If you’re new to the Devoted Dreamers Podcast or just trying to figure out what’s next after you’ve heard this one, check out my 30 Days of Prayer series or one of these recent interviews: Episode 121 – Listening to Your Feelings Can Sabotage Your Dream, with Laura Harris – released 7/10/2019 Episode 120 – How to Pursue Your Dream Without a Road Map, with Heather Boersma – released 7/3/2019 Get Alia’s Book: Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack GET MORE INVOLVED...BECOME A DEVOTED DREAMERS PATRON Starting in August, every new contribution goes to support the transcription needs of the podcast. There’s more info in today’s show, but if you enjoy just one episode a month, consider joining my support team with a monthly contribution. Just click the red button to get started. GET CONNECTED WITH THE COMMUNITY: Find your tribe in the Devoted Dreamers Insiders Facebook Group where you can connect with other like-minded women in pursuit of their God-shaped dreams. Leave your review of the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or Stitcher Subscribe on Apple Podcasts * Subscribe on Android Some links to products listed here are affiliate links. When you click those and make a purchase, I earn a commission that supports this podcast. Thanks for your support!
Today for the finale to our series, Lighten Up about Illness, I'm talking with Alia Joy. You may remember her from episode 99, and now I'm happy to share that her new book, Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack, is available now. Today we talk about her bipolar disorder, how it's impacted her life and her kids, and the unpredictability that comes with illness. She says, "I have to be okay with undone things." We talk about what she's learned from bipolar disorder, and Alia says, "Everybody goes through seasons. Mine are just more noticeable...Bipolar is like you're making sandcastles and they're just constantly being swept away." She shares about looking for beauty and wonder in places you'd never expect to find it, and the way she lightens up in the middle of everything is by raising funny kids. We talk about the amazing comedic timing of her kids and the blessings of having a funny family. Through her book and our conversation, Alia is teaching me so much, so grab a fuzzy blanket, get comfy, listen in, and lighten up. Links from the show: Check out Alia’s new book, Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack Find Alia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Alia’s website Listen to Alia's previous visit to Lighten Up Podcast, Episode #99 Alia’s essays: The Hospitality of Marriage The Fluency of Hope When I Am Bipolar Coming of Age in This American Life The Atlas of Reds and Blues
Author Alia Joy joins me on the podcast today, to share her powerful story. It's a story of grief, loss, illness, mental health and weakness - but also a story of love, joy and transformation. It's a story of how things don't always work out how we want, they don't always end well, and life isn't always easy - but of how these experiences and stories don't take us away from the divine, but actually draw us closer. Alia shares her story with great courage and honesty, and it's truly inspirational. It's a story of glorious weakness.
My guest for The Happy Hour # 247 is Alia Joy. Alia is an author and speaker who believes the darkness is illuminated when we grasp each other's hand and walk into the night together. Alia writes poignantly about her life with bipolar disorder as well as grief, faith, marriage, poverty, race, embodiment, and keeping fluent in the language of hope. She lives in Oregon with her husband, her mother, her three kids, a dog, a bunny, and a bunch of chickens. In Alia's book, Glorious Weakness, she puts forth the question, "What if weakness was a spiritual gift?" and you guys, I am so thankful to Alia for coming on the show. Her message is so important and brings great insight into mental illness. Alia shares her story that includes dark places such as abuse, leukemia at age 5, her brother's attempted suicide and her own struggle with suicidal ideation, and her diagnosis with bipolar disorder at age 30. Alia tells us how God made Himself known to her during thoughts of suicide and how He brings hope amidst the struggles she still deals with today. We also talk about when the church treats mental illness as sin and how it can push people to feel as though they must keep it private and alone. I appreciated hearing Alia speak about specific ways we can ask how to best walk alongside those living with mental illness, and that we need to start with having compassion built into mental illness like we have compassion for other illnesses. We also discuss what it's been like parenting her children, and that God loves us in our weakness, meets us in our brokenness, and how that's taught her and her children that "no one is going to meet them the way God can." Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube Sponsors Nations Photo Lab - use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off your order Bolster Sleep Company - use code HAPPYHOUR for 10% off Stamps.com - Click on the microphone at the top and enter code HAPPYHOUR to get a 4 week free trial plus free postage, and a digital scale. GET ALL THE LINKS FROM THE SHOW HERESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ep.183: The Mental Health Series - On Living With Bipolar With Alia Joy
The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast
Alia Joy didn't know she had Bipolar Disorder until she was an adult. Married, living life as a homeschooling mom, she'd always thought her manic phase was who she was and she got down sometimes with depression. In this final episode of our Mental Health Series, Alia shares what it's like to live with mental illness. If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be in depression, to have suicidal ideation, or to try to manage regular responsibilities and relationships while living with mental illness, this conversation offers an enlightening perspective. Alia describes sitting in the Wal-Mart parking lot scratching the label off of her first prescription of anti-depressants from shame of the original depression diagnosis. Contrast that to now years later, writing and speaking openly about life with mental illness. Her honesty paired with her ability to articulate her experiences is a priceless combination for those of us wanting to know we are not alone or who want to better understand the experiences of someone we love. In true Open Door Sisterhood fashion, this episode (and entire series) is part practical and part inspirational. We don't want mental health to have a stigma that keeps us from talking about it. It's too important not to dive in, learn, and discuss this life-impacting issue. As Alia says, God is with us whether we feel it or not in this dark place. We don't need to be afraid.
No Less Useful to God In Our Weakness (A Conversation with Alia Joy)
The Complicated Heart Podcast with Sarah Mae
On today's podcast I'm talking with Alia Joy, author of the book Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack. We talk about depression, abuse, weight, weakness, poverty, and more. Key Quote: "In the middle of that deep depression, when I was laying in bed for six weeks, I'm still beloved by God. I'm no less useful to the Kingdom of God in my weakness and sickness than I am if I was at a conference speaking to thousands of people or writing a book that tons of people read." -Alia Links: Get Alia's book by clicking HERE! ... Questions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.orgLoved this episode? Head over to iTunes to subscribe, rate, and leave a review. Reviews are how people know if they should listen or not, so please if you like the show, take a minute and give it a review. Thank you so much!
Alia Joy is the author of Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack. She writes poignantly about her life with bipolar disorder as well as grief, faith, marriage, poverty, race, embodiment, and keeping fluent in the language of hope. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband, her tiny Asian mother, her three kids, a dog, a bunny, and a bunch of chickens. Make sure to connect with Alia on her blog, on Twitter, or on Instagram. Enjoy!
#14 - Who Do You Look Up to When Nobody Looks Like You? with Alia Joy
The Couch with Mary Carver
This week Mary and Alia Joy talk about the people in pop culture they've admired and looked up to. And they also talked about the difficulty of finding someone to look up to when nobody looks like you. (And Mary realized the characters she liked most as a kid have something interesting in common...) MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: Molly Ringwald in John Hughes movies (This recent article by Ringwald is an interesting read.) Niki Taylor and Krissy Taylor Fresh Off the Boat To All the Boys I've Loved Before Crazy Rich Asians Winona Ryder Say Anything Ming-Na Wen Sookie in Gilmore Girls ALSO MENTIONED: Stranger Things Roswell, New Mexico (not to be confused with the original series from the early 2000s) DON'T FORGET: Join The Couch on Facebook! Find Alia at aliajoy.com, and don't miss her incredible new book, Glorious Weakness.