The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World
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Finding happiness in a world full of hardship challenges even those with the strongest faith. Author Lisa Harper has faced her share of difficulties, but still believes that happiness is a gift we can and should enjoy without shame. Writing from the perspective of a seminarian and an adoptive mom, she explores the lost sacrament of laughter, the theological underpinings of happiness, and much more. Readers of The Sacrament of Happy will be guided closer to the joyful heart of God, with their minds uplifted and funny-bones activated along the way.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.55 (inches)
ISBN: 1433691930
ISBN-13: 9781433691935

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God is good, God does good, and oh, how He wants you to be happy.
 
In her new book, The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World, Lisa Harper unveils that happiness is a gift from God that we can unashamedly enjoy. Happiness tends to be cast as a fluffy emotion without substance rather than a biblical concept, but this is not theologically accurate. Wearing the twin hats of both seminarian and belly-laughing adoptive mom, Lisa Harper dismantles the old-school idea that joy, not happiness, is the truly spiritual emotion, and asserts that Christ-followers are actually called to happiness.
 
We are called to happiness, and this happiness is not impacted by personal or global tumult. In fact, happiness is a sacrament. The general definition of sacrament is "a visible sign of inward grace." In communities of faith, it most often refers to holy communion or the Eucharist. In the broadest understanding, however, a sacrament is a gift bestowed by God, and in that case, ’happiness’ is absolutely a sacrament—a visible, sometimes even audible, sign of inward grace!
 
Lisa shares heart-wrenching difficult stories from her past, as well as some side-splitting hilarity along the way. Throughout the book, we see that happiness and sadness can coexist and ebb and flow like the tides.
 
Christine Caine, Founder of A21 & Propel Women, had this to say about Lisa’s new book: "The Sacrament of Happy—like all of Lisa’s messages and books—enriches my understanding of God and His Word—and His great love for us. As always, she unfolds biblical truth so clearly and calls me to action. Every. Single. Time."

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Lisa Harper is a master storyteller with a masters of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary. She’s lauded as an engaging, hilarious communicator as well as an authentic and substantive Bible teacher. She’s been in vocational ministry for thirty years and has written fifteen books and Bible study curriculums but says her greatest accomplishment by far is that of becoming Missy’s (her adopted daughter from Haiti) mama! They live on a hilly farmette south of Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy eating copious amounts of chips, queso, and guacamole. And then diving in the pool immediately afterwards instead of dutifully waiting the recommended thirty minutes.

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  1. AmyL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Sacrament of Happy
    August 10, 2017
    AmyL
    Quality: 4
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    Lisa Harper brings us a quick look at happiness in her newest book,The Sacrament of Happy.This book is a reminder to us to remember that happiness is a gift from God. Happiness isn't something we can get through life without. But at the same time, many of us forget that happiness is a gift from God, something he delights in seeing us settle into.

    Harper shares with the reader deep knowledge and understanding about happiness while at the same time providing hilarious stories that help you see the beauty and happiness in the regular moments of life.

    No matter where you come, what your background story is, happiness can be something you experience regularly when you seek to remember that God has given you the gift.

    Happy is not the result of happenstance. It's not a fluke, an accident, or largely dependent on our circumstances.

    Lisa Harper, The Sacrament of Happy

    When we choose to look beyond the things that life hands us, we can remember that God has still gifted us with so many good things.

    Real, God-imbued happiness is not the absence of sadness or badness. Rather, it is hanging on to the truth of His sovereign goodness regardless of what's going on within or around us.

    Lisa Harper, The Sacrament of Happy

    The Sacrament of Happy was a quick read for me, and a great introduction to the idea of happiness being a sacrament and act of worship to God. I didn't feel like the book necessarily took a deep dive into the topic, but Harper definitely did point out more books to read that will help further develop your understanding of happiness.

    I received a copy of this book from B&H Books. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  2. Michelle
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Wants Us to Be Happy
    June 22, 2017
    Michelle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Does God want us to be happy? The Sacrament of Happy by Lisa reframes our thinking by showing us that God is happy and wants us to be happy, too. Over and over, she points to examples in Scripture where God shows us how to be blessed or happy and she explains that its a covenant state of being for Gods people. Read Lisa Harpers book if you are looking for your soul to be refreshed at how much God loves us. It is a quick read and I would highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    June 1, 2017
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In her newest book, The Sacrament of Happy, Lisa Harper reminds us that happiness isn't the absence of sadness. That thought is kind of mind boggling. How in the world can I be happy in the midst of great sorrow? It has the tendency to seem foreign to us, yet we've all met that rare person that seems to be happy and content in the midst of a great tragedy or an overwhelming sorrow.

    As I read through the book and absorbed Lisa's thoughts that are backed up with Scripture it began to make sense. Not only did it make sense but it seemed achievable. Lisa goes on to tell us that happiness can be ours when we remember the fundamental truth that God is and does good. It's what He desires for us. It's what He gives us in the midst of tragedy if we will let Him.

    This is a short book, only 10 chapters, but it will make a huge impact on how you think about happiness and where it originates from. We live in a society that tells us that happiness comes from things and experiences. The truth is it comes from the One who made us.

    I think this would make a wonderful small group read. Each chapter ends with very thought provoking questions that relate to the chapter's topic. While most of the personal stories obviously have a female feel to them I still think the subject matter would go over well in a mixed small group.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  4. justcallmegrammy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World...
    June 1, 2017
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    There is much pain and ugliness in the world, it can seem nearly overwhelming. The Sacrament of Happy explores (with solid Biblical teaching) the happy side of God and His desire for His children to experience happiness and share it with our hurting world. Lisa Harper's writing is warm, witty, and full of fun. One of the highlights of the book for me are the many stories about Lisa's newly adopted daughter Missy and the happiness God has allowed them to share. The book is easy to read, but includes thought/conversation provoking questions at the end of each chapter for deeper reflection.
  5. SUF
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book on what it means to be happy and Christian!
    June 1, 2017
    SUF
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I absolutely loved this book by Lisa Harper. I have to admit, it is the first book that I have read by this Christian author. I recently heard her speak at a conference and I left wanting to hear more from her. When the opportunity arose to read her new book, I jumped at the chance and I was not disappointed. In the midst of a world that is full of troubles and strife, especially when watching the evening news, the topic of happiness is very relevant. Lisa discusses the answers to questions Ive often heard about happiness. She tackles everything from is happiness holy? and is God happy? to how do we cultivate happy? and what to do when happy takes a hike. Her answers throughout are clearly backed up by scripture and not just her own point of view. She also makes the book very interesting and personal by sharing examples and anecdotes from her own life. I loved exploring the ideas throughout the book, including the question as to whether happy and sad can coexist. (Spoiler alert-it can! And chapter six will give you biblical examples to prove it.)

    I also really appreciated the reflective questions at the end of each chapter. This makes the book excellent for both personal and group study. I look forward to the chance to complete this book with my Bible study group or a book club.

    Note: I received an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of the authors work.

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