Born a dwarf with degenerative arthritis, Julie B. Genovese traveled a path unlike many. During her visits to the Center for Birth Defects as a child, she was displayed on a table and studied by genetic specialists who rarely had the opportunity to see a case of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia.
With a childhood rife with negative labels and laughter, humiliation and heartache, Julie was terrified that she would never find happiness. Lifelong physical limitations, as well as bi-lateral hip and knee replacements, left deep emotional scars. It wasn't until after two brain surgeries, she was able to make peace between the medical and the metaphysical.
After screaming at the rain for years, Julie realized that she could calm the storm inside. Through trial, lots of error, and endless soul searching, she made happiness a decision. She was, at last, in charge of creating her own Eden and would stop at nothing short of joy.
Reviews and Accolades
Finalist 2010 USA Book News Literary Award
"Nothing Short of Joy is a masterpiece that will take you out of your
comfort zone and into a magical world of joy. I love this book. I love
this woman. Read it and reap."
"Julie Genovese's story is eloquent and moving proof that our souls and
spirits are always intact and always whole - regardless of how things
appear physically. Hers is a fascinating and thoroughly readable story
of courage and triumph!"
"Julie Genovese is an inspiration and a teacher for those who want to
heal what can't be cured. So pain, hate and fear lead us to faith, hope
"Nothing Short of Joy offers a magnificent lesson in activating human
potential. Julie Genovese proves that we are far more than a body, and
the heart is the greatest healer. I want everyone who seeks to grow beyond
their conditions to read this book and put Julie's masterful principles
into action. Here is a rare and penetrating road map to spiritual freedom."
The reader feels the difficulties related to living as a dwarf, thoughts
few of us have ever entertained or deigned to understand. Julie Genovese's
life is a miracle. Most important however, is the message of Fear. Fear
and disbelief are what held Julie inside of herself. Overcoming these
obstacles are what has brought her to the point of happiness and fulfillment
today. Her scars, her body do not represent who Julie Genovese is. She
is the person within. Julie exemplifies how and why we must all overcome
our individual fears.
*** BE SURE TO LOOK AT JULIE'S INTERVIEW ON AOL HEALTH
*** LISTEN TO JULIE'S INTERVIEW WITH GAYLE KING ON OPRAH RADIO.
*** WATCH JULIE'S INTERVIEW ON NBC NY HERE
About the Author
Julie Genovese was born and raised in northern New Jersey. After graduating from Hamilton College in NY, she moved to Boston and began a freelance art business with a hand painted card line becoming a specialty. After arthritis compromised the use of her right arm, life nudged her into the world of writing.
Currently she is a full-time mom, writing and painting from her New Jersey home where she lives with her husband and two sons. Julie is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Little People of America, and the Skyland Homeschool Association.
Be sure to visit Julie's fabulous website.