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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
"In this delightful book brimming with humorous and poignant passages, radio personality Hugh Hewitt provides the answer. The starting place is generosity, he says, and there are seven gifts that are sure to improve the lives of both giver and receiver: encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, good humor, graciousness, gratitude, and patience.
Anyone can give these gifts, but Hewitt shows that some people are particularly well placed to offer them: parents, spouses, family members, friends, teachers, coworkers, and fellow church members.
Channeling his skills as a broadcaster, journalist, lawyer, and teacher, Hewitt weaves stories about these seven gifts and seven givers with inspiring and motivating observations to help readers become generous in the ways that matter most.
"The Happiest Life is not simply a delight to read, and not merely a glimpse under the hood of a remarkable man. Its a map to what Robert Frost once described as the road less traveledthe road that leads to a life of meaning and gratitude and joy.
Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Reading this book is the next best thing to sitting down for a long conversation with my friend Hugh Hewitt.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wanna be a happier person? Know anyone else who does? What if this book could actually help with that? Cutting to the chaseit can. And it will."
Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and 7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
Hugh Hewitt hosts a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily in more than one hundred cities. Hewitt is a professor of law at Chapman University and a partner in the law firm Hewitt Wolensky McNulty & Hickson LLP. He is the author of more than a dozen books and is a columnist for theWashington Examiner and Townhall.com and blogs daily at HughHewitt.com. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School.
—Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Reading this book is the next best thing to sitting down for a long conversation with my friend Hugh Hewitt.”
—Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Wanna be a happier person? Know anyone else who does? What if this book could actually help with that? Cutting to the chase—it can. And it will."
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and 7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
CallieAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not What I Was ExpectingFebruary 25, 2014CallieAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2I like talk radio, and Hugh Hewitt is one of the talk show hosts that I like listening to, when I can. So when I saw that a book of his was up for review, I knew I had to request it!
In The Happiest Life, Hewitt examines some of the characteristics of a happy person, which he calls "gifts", because they are also things that can be a blessing to others. These include encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, empathy, good humor, graciousness, and gratitude. He also examines seven different "givers", people who are in a unique position to give these gifts to others - namely, spouses, parents, family members, friends, coworkers, teachers, and the church.
There were a lot of good nuggets of wisdom in this book, and several of his points made me think. I especially liked his chapters on good humor, which talked about what a gift cheerfulness is, and spouses, which focused on the importance of giving these gifts of happiness to your spouse.
This book wasn't quite what I was expecting in that a lot of it seemed more autobiographical than practical. I went in thinking that most of the content would be practical advice, but more of the content was focused on personal examples and people who had touched Hewitt's life with these gifts.
Since I didn't know some of the people he referred to, some of the content was a little slower for me - but I did take several useful points away from the book that I appreciated. It was also interesting to read some of the "behind the scenes" information in this book since I do listen to Hugh's radio show.
You would probably appreciate this book more if you are a listener of Hugh Hewitt's show - if you do, then it is a book worth checking out! If you are not a listener of the show I think there are still things you could take from this book, but just be prepared for the autobiographical content.
Note: I received this book for free from Booklook in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
Shan4 Stars Out Of 5"You can choose not to be offended."January 6, 2014ShanQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When I originally selected to read The Happiest Life by Hugh Hewitt, I anticipated a much different book. I am self-admittedly a Ã¢â¬Ëlist' person. I requested this book expecting a handy little outline of specific things I could do to foster a happier life and though I got that list, I was left longing for more details. Having said that, I was not disappointed with the book. I found Mr. Hewitt's personal stories entertaining; however, I struggled to connect some of the quips to the topic at hand. Regardless of my expectations, I still enjoyed the book and it was chalked full of good information. Additionally, I came away with unexpected lessons. The author has a knack for demonstrating how to hate the sin and love the sinner. The most impactful take away from this book for me was when Mr. Hewitt stated something so simple and so obvious that I have over looked for years. One of his nuggets of wisdom was, "You can choose not to be offended." I had never really thought about it like that prior to reading this book. When people cut me off in traffic, I can choose not to be offended. When people demoralize my faith, I can choose not to be offended. When a family member says something harsh, I can choose not to be offended. Thank you Mr. Hewitt for that priceless gift and the many others in this book.
DaddypunditAbingdon, VAAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Keys to HappinessDecember 30, 2013DaddypunditAbingdon, VAAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What are the hallmarks of someone who is truly happy? How can you tell that someone has a happy life? More importantly, how can you achieve that same happiness in your own life?
These are all questions that radio talk show host and blogger Hugh Hewitt addresses in his latest book The Happiest Life..
In the first half of the book, he focuses on the characteristics that exemplify someone who not only is happy themselves but is also concerned with increasing the happiness in others. Those gifts are encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, empathy, good humor, graciousness, and gratitude. Through a number of personal stories he provides concrete examples of individuals who personify each of these gifts.
In the second half, he turns his attention on the givers explaining how the gifts are incorporated into the lives of individuals as parents, spouses, teachers, family members, friends, co-workers, and even as churches.
As I was reading through the book I found the numerous anecdotes and personal experiences from over a decade in talk radio. No doubt Mr. Hewitt has had some amazing opportunities to converse with a broad range of fascinating individuals. As a keen observer of human behavior he has been able to use those experiences to draw out the lessons of the book.
But the most important point he makes is the one that is absolutely inescapable: true happiness cannot be achieved apart from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If Christ is dwelling within you than these gifts will naturally spring forth from you to those around you.
A life of significance is one that is lived for others rather than oneself. In The Happiest Life, Hugh Hewitt has not only shown us how this is possible but has given us numerous tangible examples of how that life is being lived by others. We would do well to learn the lessons from this book and commit to being the type of giver that he describes in this book. I heartily recommend The Happiest Life.