Pandemic Joy

What Christianity Offers in the Face of Coronavirus

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About The Book

“If a terrible epidemic descends on a town, it has to be confronted with a terrible medicine.” — A Yoruba Proverb

This book is written in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic and which has ushered in an abundance of uncertainties and a scarcity of hope.

In Pandemic Joy, by reconsidering the epidemic of persecution which the earliest followers of Christ encountered in the first century and how they responded, Joseph presents timeless hope found in the invariable, immutable, indestructible, and imperishable joy that the Christian faith offers, more so in times like this.

Praise for 'Pandemic Joy'

Recommendations

Rich Martin

Principal, LIFE Church UK College
Ever since knowing Joseph, he’s always had great wisdom beyond his age. 'Pandemic Joy' is timely and grounded in great biblical thinking. His insight is helpful and balanced, full of faith and points to the joy in the Holy Spirit! They say a book is only as good as the timing it lands in your world and I would say that this is a timely book for many!

Colin Smith

Dean of Mission Education, Church Mission Society, Oxford
In this book Joseph Ola tackles the tricky and very immediate question of how Christians today should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. His response is steeped in his reading of scripture and theology interwoven with some thoughtfully chosen Yoruba proverbs and practical illustrations from everyday life. At its core, it reminds us to live wisely as good citizens whilst holding steadfastly to the joy that belongs to those who follow the way of the risen Christ. For readers who sense they are living in anxious times, this book offers practical wisdom shot through with the joy of the gospel.

Reverend Canon Elaine Jones

Vicar of St. Bede with St.Clement, Liverpool
Linking the lessons from the persecution of the early church in Acts 8:1-8 with the wisdom of the Yorubas, Joseph Ola provides us with words of reassurance and truth during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking beyond the news headlines of fear, he encourages us to focus on the certainty of the Good News we have in Jesus Christ, from whom a pandemic of joy overflows, bringing blessings even in the most challenging of times. An excellent read for anyone struggling to make sense of the uncertainties of life.

John Neate

Management Consultant and Vineyard Churches Accredited Coach
Linking the lessons from the persecution of the early church in Acts 8:1-8 with the wisdom of the Yorubas, Joseph Ola provides us with words of reassurance and truth during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking beyond the news headlines of fear, he encourages us to focus on the certainty of the Good News we have in Jesus Christ, from whom a pandemic of joy overflows, bringing blessings even in the most challenging of times. An excellent read for anyone struggling to make sense of the uncertainties of life. Rarely is a book quite as topical or as encouraging as Joseph Ola’s Pandemic Joy. It’s grounded in Biblical truth, challenges the prosperity gospel, that denies the reality or expectation of suffering for Christians, and sets out a practical agenda for action. 'Pandemic Joy' brings alive the reason for our hope in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the other difficult times we experience in our lives. Read the book and I think you’ll find your spirits soaring. I’m delighted to recommend it.

John Tasker

ALMA Twinning Officer, Diocese of London
Reading 'Pandemic Joy' on Easter Day brought to life Pastor Joseph’s vision that, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christians are so joyful that great joy spills over into their cities. With Yoruba proverbs grounding every chapter, Joseph views the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of the very first epidemic that the church experienced—the acute persecution that broke out in Jerusalem and then spread across the Roman world. By sharing his own obituary, Joseph makes real that in Christ we have the way both to live and to die. Sharing this wonderful news should also bring a contagious joy.

Chinweoke Helen Ukpai

Environmental Biologist & Alive Mentorship Group Member
On this side of heaven, there are difficulties, challenges, plagues and so many uncertainties. 'Pandemic Joy' is a timely reminder of the hope we have in Christ, the promises of God, His love for us and His nearness to us each time we face any storm. Knowing that whatever the enemy brings our way God uses for our ultimate good; we spread joy—unspeakable joy—which we've got by faith in the finished work of Christ.