One woman's journey of finding joy in the face of chronic illness.
When a mysterious condition causing increasing pain and decreased mobility began to affect Leah, doctors were puzzled as all test results came back negative. After months of struggle, Leah was finally diagnosed with an aggressive form of the chronic disease Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Unjustified Joy is the story of Leah’s inspiring journey through chronic illness, and how she stayed firm in her faith throughout every hospital visit, test and treatment.
Unjustified Joy is honest, vulnerable and engaging. Her faith in Jesus through considerable trials at a young age encourages us all to be more purposeful, hopeful and joyful in the highs and lows of life.
About the Author
Born in Cornwall and raised in West Sussex, the youngest of six children, Leah grew up in a Christian family who always found opportunity to connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds. This fuelled her desire to explore beyond her surroundings, and also to encourage unity in the church. Leah loved to paint and draw from a young age, so with a love of creative things, she later gained a university degree in Graphic Design, before taking the leap to move to Cairns in Queensland, Australia.
Australia brought a special sense of ‘home’ as she joined a church where family and unity were a main focus. Working in a sign and print company as a graphic designer eventually led to gaining Australian Citizenship. After five years in Australia, some unexpected health issues led to Leah returning to the UK, where she now currently lives, in the county of Devon. Over those years, the difficult times were the moulding, shaping and testing of her faith.
Endorsements and Reviews
Nicky Gumbel, Pioneer of the Alpha course; Vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton
Leah Jeffery (now 32 years old) has written a short book detailing her own personal journey of faith and purpose through dealing with an unexpected chronic illness called Ankylosing Spondylitis. Unjustified Joy is honest, vulnerable and engaging. Her faith in Jesus through considerable trials at a young age encourages us all to be more purposeful, hopeful and joyful in the highs and lows of life.
Pioneer of the Alpha course Vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton
Mark Pugh, Senior Pastor Rediscover Church, Exeter
Leah is always smiling. Her continuous radiant warmth conveys a picture that all is well – but in reality her story has significant complexity and pain. This story oozes with her smile while honestly telling the backstory. The bridge between the seeming disparity of these two dynamics is hope – hope that has been tested but found to be present. Her hope flows from the pages and inspires each of us that we can know its presence in our lives also.
Senior Pastor Rediscover Church, Exeter
Dr Ysanne Marville, Educational Psychologist
I couldn’t stop reading when I first picked [this book] up. [It] took me on a journey with [Leah]. What a powerful account of trusting in God, waiting on Him, and resting in the hope He brings. I laughed and cried through [her] pain as [she] did, and rejoiced as [she] found joy when it felt lost.
Dr Ysanne Marville