Book Talk: “Consider It Pure Joy” by Jennifer Jones Austin
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
718-222-4111 Price: $5
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When Jennifer Jones Austin, wife, mother, lawyer and child advocate, and the picture of good health, found herself burdened by a fever she could not shake, doctors insisted it was merely viral and told her to sleep it off. Just days later she lay comatose with a 99% probability of imminent death.
Suddenly stricken with an acute form of leukemia that required a bone marrow transplant to increase her chances of survival, Jennifer and her family were in a race against time as she fought cancer and together they searched for a donor. Consider It Pure Joy is the account of one woman’s battle with a life threatening illness, and the power of faith and community to transform desperation into joy.
A fourth-generation leader of faith and social justice, Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq. fights for equity. As CEO of FPWA, she leads poverty fighting, policy and advocacy efforts to strengthen and empower disenfranchised and marginalized communities. Jennifer brings to her work a profound understanding of the link between poverty and social policy in American life, and the roles religion and faith play in addressing injustice.Buy tickets/get more info now