Sacred Joy

Reflections on One Woman's Journey to Self Love

by Joianne Payne



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/8/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781449024277

About the Book

Sacred Joy, is a walk through the life of Joianne Payne as seen through the eyes of her poetry, prose and spoken word.  The book is divided into three distinct sections, LOST, AWAKENING and FOUND in which Ms. Payne eloquently describes her life in searing detail. Her story is sometimes painful, and othertimes humorous one but is always told with a candor that draws the reader in. Ms. Payne involves the reader in her journey as she explores universal themes from the point of view of both women and men. She explores such topics as loneliness, infidelity, poverty, and mental illness as well as themes of positive self image and self-acceptance. She also discusses her issues with "jobs" and how we as a people have gotten away from ourselves. Ms. Payne's poetry speaks to the reader like an understanding friend and serves to "listen" on an emotional level to difficulty topics one may be unable to discuss with even a confidante. This book, "Sacred Joy, Reflections on One Woman's Journey to Self Love" chronicles Joianne Payne's growth from self hatred to self love. This book is Joi's attempt to share her journey in hopes that she may positively impact someone whose life may parallel hers. "Sacred Joy" is a poetic story that hopefully can serve as a healing tool for someone on a journey to self love told candidly with honesty, wit and humor.

About the Author

Who is Joianne Payne? " I am eternity; I birth the sun and created the universe…" The name Joianne Payne is the pen name of Joy Taylor who has walked barefoot through some of the hottest fire and conversely, has tiptoed through some of the coolest bluest, cleanest water on earth. As the name suggests Ms. Payne expresses through poetry, prose, spoken work and song the duality of life, joy and pain.

Since birth, Joi has been lyrical and enjoyed words. She was raised in a two parent working-class home in New Jersey as one of three children where she spent much of her free time writing songs and poetry. Joi went to private schools and graduated from Rutgers University with a liberal arts degree. Joi, a licensed teacher by trade, has resided in her native New Jersey, Philadelphia and the Atlanta area where she has expressed her emotions on the spoken word circuit. Joi is also the devoted mother to one son, Brandon, and has mentored  and tutored children privately. She has hopes of one day implementing an after school program in her native Newark, NJ, designed to help foster self-esteem and good citizenship as well as pursuing academic excellence.The program is already in the planning stages.