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Joy: A Study of Philippians

by Deb Burma

Item #: 204259 / 2019 / Paperback / 216 Pages


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Rejoice! Every day.

Sure, we find joy in our triumphs, but not so much in the trials. Yet real joy, genuine joy, is always ours in the saving grace of Christ Jesus.

This close look at Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, the “letter of joy,” unpacks messages of contentment, confidence, humility, and hope—all found in Christ and infused with joy—in the mountaintop moments and in the mundane.

Enclosed are eight weeks of study, divided into forty short sessions, to help you realize the gifts from God’s hand more fully. Ample materials are provided to make the sessions flexible for personal or group use and to accommodate changing schedules and individual needs. Targeted study, discussion and reflection questions, and life-application challenges guide you in your exploration of joy.

Download a printable pdf of “40 Days of Joy” designed by Visual Faith Ministry's Pat Maier, to guide you as you study the book. 

About the Author
Deb Burma is a sought-after speaker for women’s conferences, retreats, and ministry events. She is the author of several books, Bible studies, and devotionals, including Stepping Out, Living a Chocolate Life, and Beautiful Feet. Deb is a follower of Jesus, a pastor's wife, and a mom. She's a blogger, a women's ministry leader, and a self-proclaimed coffee/chocolate connoisseur. And she signs this letter to you “Joyfully yours.” To learn more, visit her author page.

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Joy in my heart!

I looked forward to this Bible study by Deb Burma every day, and especially on Saturdays during the weekly Zoom! This concept certainly helped when you became acquainted with fellow Joy friends. One of my faves has been the Special Deliveries posted often, they were timely.and suggested further joy-filled study. Little God-filled pieces of Joy! Thanks and God’s blessings to Deb! Keep writing!

Joy Made Personal

Wonderful study of the book of Philippians. Deb made you feel comfortable in the study because of her personal touches throughout. It is a timely study because of the times we are in. Doing it on-line brought ladies together from all over. The input from them also brought joy to this joy-filled Bible Study. Thanks and God's richest blessings in all of your current and future projects.

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JOY bible study is awesome and totally talks to you everyday. Deb is a great author and has done her research. This study totally was just what I needed for my life and it is a very easy study to do by yourself or with a group. It brought attention where you find JOY everyday in life. Thank you Deb Burma.

Joy Joy Joy

What a wonderful book! So insightful she will get you to dive deep into your Bible. She challenges you to change your thought process and in the process you will discover how to live life with more joy! 😇

Joy in All Circumstances

Deb does a wonderful job digging through the Scriptures and leading us to how we can live joyfully even in the toughest of circumstances. This study is life-changing. It will point you to Christ and change your life!! Live joyful and free.

Fill up on joy and let it overflow!

This joy-filled, deep dive into the book of Philippians teaches how the spiritual gift of true joy comes from God. Whether studied with a small group or by myself, I found encouragement to apply to daily life. Thought-provoking questions, insightful points to ponder, and joy challenges kept me engaged through all 40 sessions. Be motivated to rejoice!

4/11/2020 Jesus now and when He returns!

Deb Burma’s book, Joy, beautifully guides us through Philippians. She gives us 40 days of delight, inviting us to embrace joy even in the midst of life’s difficulties. In a faithful way, Deb keeps the focus on the great hope, the return of our Savior on HIS day! Through Paul’s affection and encouragement to his readers, Deb helps us “shine as stars” in our world. Her “special delivery” notes enhance understanding of the text; each day a “joyful challenge” applies the verses to our lives. Whether studying Joy with a small group or reading it alone, you will be blessed! Renee Gibbs, Teacher, Retreat Speaker, Encourager


Deb Burma draws each reader into a three-way conversation with herself and Saint Paul as she picks up on the apostle’s celebration of the joy he has in the Lord and with the Philippian congregation. She leads readers through the epistle with personal stories, comment on the text, and application of its truths to daily life. The study provides video supplements and cues for using the daily devotions in a weekly group study that enriches the individual’s immersion in the conversation with Paul into which the Holy Spirit leads readers, sharing his joy at being Christ’s own. Robert Kolb, professor of systematic theology emeritus, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis


What I love about "Joy: A Study of Philippians" by Deb Burma, are the variety of ways Deb easily engages with her readers. Her infectious smile, light hearted humor, deep knowledge of the Bible, caring heart and passion for Jesus shines brightly through the weekly video segments, daily personal studies and weekly group discussions. Learning comes alive with "Special Delivery" sections! This additional background information enriches and enhances understanding of the time of Paul. Deb's personal, relatable stories remind us of how the joy of Jesus is found in all circumstances. "Joyful Challenge" inspires us daily to recognize the joy of Christ in our everyday lives. This was a catalyst for many thoughtful discussions in our small Bible study group. This Christ-centered book is insightful, encouraging and joyful!!


I recently completed "Joy: A Study of Philippians" with several dear sisters in Christ. The book was perfectly structured for individual daily Bible study as well as for our weekly group study. Deb had us reflecting on Joy in our lives through her many relatable stories, and she also had us thinking more deeply about the scriptures though her many well researched historical notes. Her "Joyful Challenges" are especially relevant during these current, unprecedented times. If ever the world needed a Bible study on Joy, it is now!

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