Jennifer Jones Austin Releases her First Book, ‘Consider It Pure Joy’

Jennifer Jones Austin, New York City native, nonprofit executive, and child advocate released her first book, Consider It Pure Joy on March 1st with book signings in New York City followed by a book tour stopping in cities across the country.


Starting with her healthy days just before diagnosis, Consider It Pure Joy chronicles Jones Austin’s experience with a rare form of leukemia. From the moment her family learned she had a 99 percent chance of not surviving the disease just days after diagnosis, to the nationwide search for a bone marrow donor to cure her, and the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs throughout, Jones Austin’s memoir is an intimate picture of her harrowing experience. She takes readers on an arduous journey of successes and setbacks—and everything in-between—as she finds joy and peace in the midst of her suffering. Experience her race against time as she and her family implemented countless donor drives across the country looking for a bone marrow match. Evoking a strong sense of understanding and relatability, Consider It Pure Joy is a memoir readers will devour in one sitting.


A fourth-generation leader of faith and social justice, Jennifer Jones Austin is the CEO of Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), leading poverty fighting, policy and advocacy efforts to strengthen and empower the disenfranchised and marginalized communities. She is a sought-after speaker who appears regularly on television and radio, and at community events and professional convenings. She has served on numerous boards, including the National Marrow Donor Program, the Icla da Silva Foundation, and the New York Blood Center, all of which were instrumental in her search for a bone marrow donor.


What critics are saying:


“Consider It Pure Joy challenges and inspires. This book is a must-read!”

—Bishop William J. Barber II, Founder and National President/Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach


Consider It Pure Joy is a must-read for everyone facing a seemingly insurmountable test. This true and compelling story shows how a person can survive the highs and lows of their greatest challenge, learning to trust the process with faith, courage, and pure joy. This is a story of tenderness, transparency, tenacity, and triumph!”

—Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr., Pastor, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Fairfield and Suisun City, CA


“Jennifer Jones Austin has given the world a gift with this beautiful, breathtakingly visceral account of what she describes as a gift: her epic battle with cancer . . .  Her vivid descriptions of the journey will challenge you to stay awake to all that God dreams for your life.”

—Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church, New York, New York


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