Christians are supposed to be happy. In fact we are supposed to radiate joy, peace, and contentment that are so unmistakable and so attractive that others are naturally drawn to us because they want what we have. And yet, in today's culture, the vast majority of Christians are perceived as angry, judgmental people who don't seem to derive any joy from life whatsoever. So why aren't we happy?
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.
©2015 Randy Alcorn (P)2015 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
The title of this book intrigued me. Who would not want to be more happy? Is God happy? How can we find the happiness we are all looking for? I was not disappointed. Randy Alcorn's premise, drawn from scripture and church history, is that God himself IS happy and wants us to be happy too! The book helps explain and expound this idea. So glad I listened. Worth every minute!
There are pros and cons. I liked having the audio version because the book is very long and I could take it with me this way. I liked listening to Randy Alcorn read it, the passion he has for the subject is amazing. The con is I will have to go back to my bookmarks and right some stuff down. He gives a lot of verses (good thing) and I want to look some of them up.
This book changed my view of God and life. It sounds so melodramatic to say that, but it is true. I have been guilty of saying, "God wants us to do the right thing, our happiness doesn't matter." This book made me re-think that statement and realized God does care about our happiness, which is huge to me on how I view Him. I now know that God wants us to do the right thing and the right thing leads to our greatest happiness.
Passion for the subject matter.
Yes but at the length of it, it was impossible to do so.
This book was lengthy and in some places maybe even a little too lengthy, yet it was important for the author to provide a lot of scripture to back up what he was saying so maybe not.
At the end of the day though, it didn't matter. This book is now in my top five non-fiction Christian books. My relationship with God is stronger than it was before reading it, I feel I know Him better and I love Him more.
Thank you Mr. Alcorn for another phenomenal book.
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