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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Unfortunately, many Christians are taught early on that God doesn't want us to be happy (he wants us to be holy). In fact, many Christians are laboring under the false notion that God himself is not happy. But nothing could be further from the truth! God does want us to be happy. The Bible is filled with verses that prove that ours is a happy, joy-filled God who not only loves celebrations but also desperately wants his children to be happy. Why else would He go to the lengths He did to ensure our eternal happiness in His presence? We know that we will experience unimaginable joy and happiness in Heaven, but that doesn't mean we can't also experience joy and happiness here on earth.
In Happiness, noted theologian Randy Alcorn dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness and provides indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, He commands it. The most definitive study on the subject of happiness to date, this book is a paradigm-shifting wake-up call for the church and Christians everywhere.
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RachelAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A helpful, insightful, and fascinating book!January 20, 2018RachelAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Two years ago I started reading Happiness by Randy Alcorn. I have greatly enjoyed reading this book, and I have learned so much! It is a very big book (481 pages), and it was a slow read for me. I could have read it quickly simply to get through it. But it is so good, and there is so much Scripture referenced in it, that I wanted to take my time. I went through this book slowly and carefully with my Bible next to me and my pen in hand. I underlined and starred numerous sections. I looked verses up in my Bible and took notes. I studied what Scripture has to say about happiness while I read this book.
It seems to have become a common misconception that as Christians we are to be joyful, but not happy. Sometimes it is taught that joy is godly, and happiness is worldly. We should be joyful, but we should not seek to be happy. Joy is enduring; happiness is fleeting. God cares about our holiness, but not our happiness.
The Bible does talk a lot about joy and rejoicing, but it also talks about happiness and gladness, and these words are used parallel to one another in Scripture. It has only been in recent years that Christians have begun to think that we shouldn't be happy; we should be joyful instead. It was interesting to read about this change in thought and teaching, which Randy covers in chapter five, What's the Difference between Joy and Happiness?
It is not just okay to be happy; it is good to be happy. We are even commanded to be happy! Randy Alcorn says, "Paul's words in Philippians 4:4 are often translated 'Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.' They could also be translated, 'Be happy in the Lord always, and again I say be happy.' Commenting on this verse, Spurgeon said, "It is intended that we should be happy. That is the meaning...that we should be cheerful" (page 18).
Happiness is divided into four sections:
- Our Compelling Quest for Happiness
- The Happiness of God
- The Bible's Actual Words for Happiness
- Understanding and Experiencing Happiness in God
I found each of these sections to be helpful, insightful, and fascinating!
While reading Happiness, I was struck by how often we are commanded in Scripture to be happy, and I've been reminded of how much we have to be happy about. Of all people, Christians should be the happiest on earth! The gospel is good news of great joy - good news of great happiness! What a wonderful thing to remember during the Christmas season and throughout the year.
Happiness was an excellent book to read, and it is one that I will keep on my bookshelf as a reference for years to come. I highly recommend Happiness! This is a message that is needed by Christians today. It is a message that is needed by the world. There is true and lasting happiness to be found, and that happiness is found in knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior and living for Him alone.
I received a complimentary copy of Happiness from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Jeff5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderfully refreshingDecember 4, 2015JeffQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is about the best book I have read in a long time. To see scripturally that our God is a happy God has been a wonderful breath of fresh air to my spirit. And to understand how I can daily be happy as I take delight in all that God delights in, things all around me has made me the happiest I have been in years.
JT5 Stars Out Of 5HappinessDecember 1, 2015JTQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think this book is one of the most significant theological books in the English speaking world in the 21st century, especially in a world where the one who is informed must struggle with the apparently ubiquitous rise of evil. The Christian's heritage of "happiness" (joy, gladness, etc.) must be understood and embraced in order to be the "more than conquerors" we are commanded to be. John T. Tolbert (J.D., D.Min).
RockinRAge: Over 65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5I found myself smiling oftenDecember 1, 2015RockinRAge: Over 65Gender: MaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book reached in and grabbed my heart. It makes a beautiful biblical case for the happiness of God and his people. As I listened to the audio I found myself smiling often and even laughing out loud at the wonder of our amazing Lord.
Jim Brady5 Stars Out Of 5Be Happy!November 25, 2015Jim BradyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Excellent book...
For too long Christians have given over this word and others to be used by special interest groups or to avoid due to fear of being misunderstood and this is a good step to overcome that for the word Happy, BUT
more than that it helps teach Christians to enjoy their relationship with God!
God didn't save us to be miserable but to enjoy serving Him and enjoy or be happy with the process of being prepared for Heaven and serving now.
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