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The Sacrament of Happy Audiobook

The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World

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Publisher's Summary

Imagine hearing your physician tell you that chips and queso contain more nutritional benefits than kale and quinoa. Or opening an envelope that looks like just another bill, and unfolding instead an official document declaring you the sole beneficiary of an anonymous billionaire's estate.

In her new book, The Sacrament of Happy, Lisa Harper unveils a similarly extravagant, unexpected surprise, declaring that happiness - just plain feeling happy - is a gift from God that you can unashamedly enjoy.

Wearing the twin hats of seminarian and belly-laughing adoptive mom, Harper delivers a warm, vignette style built upon solid theological scaffolding. She observes, for example, that God's choice of wording for the first verse of the first psalm (a word often translated as "blessed") literally means happy - one of many biblical reasons for dismantling the old-school idea that joy, not happiness, is the truly spiritual one of the Christian family. In truth, they're more like fraternal twins than distant cousins, meaning we as Christ-followers are not called to jettison happiness - like a no-longer-needed set of spiritual floaties - as we learn to swim in the deep waters of intimacy with God. Beyond merely a circumstances-based, up-and-down emotion, happiness comes from a deep conviction in the unmitigated goodness of our Creator-Redeemer, freeing us to feel and express genuine joy, fulfillment, and contentment, regardless of personal or global tumult.

The author's personal story includes such happiness killers as sexual abuse, the deaths of near loved ones, a heartbreaking failed adoption, followed by the arrival of an adopted daughter from Haiti who is HIV-positive. Yet she writes on themes like:

  • The lost sacrament of laughter
  • Does happy have a personality type?
  • Tuning out the Pharisees who try to mute your happiness in the context of spiritual maturity

So this is obviously not a book of trite, untested clichés. It goes well beneath most people's surface understanding of happiness, gently guiding listeners closer to the heart of God...with naturally a few genuine laughs and grins to enjoy along the way.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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    Buddy & Connie 06-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Happy Girl"

    Lisa Harper is a joy even though I've never met her. However, I must confess I didn't even know who she was prior to a few months ago when I was totally immersed in a Bible study she had written. If there is anyone who one would want to hear, learn, or read about happiness from, it's someone who seems to exude said topic! I would encourage anyone to not only read this book, but listen to the Audible version. To hear it in her voice and to laugh alongside (out loud) Lisa's imagery, hilarious stories, and jaw dropping lines from people she has encountered in her life, is a push in the direction of the pursuit of "happy". She brings great wisdom and touching personal experience to the reader that truly helps one remember that there is such hope to be found even in the midst of the darkest, deepest struggles of life. I am so thankful for reading this book.

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    Angie 06-29-17
    Angie 06-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply a blessing!"

    I am sure I will be listening to this book if you more times at least. And I will be getting the hard copy as well! Very well written and the narration by Lisa herself makes it even better! To have a whole new look on what happy means is exactly what I need in this book has helped to start that process in my heart. Full of silly and funny life events and jam packed with God's truth

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    Rebecca O'Connor 06-22-17
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    "Powerful, Biblical and Absolutely Charming"
    What about Lisa Harper’s performance did you like?

    I usually avoid author read performances but Lisa Harper was easy to listen to--even with the southern twang :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself both laughing and crying--and thinking and taking notes. I read a lot and don't finish books that aren't excellent; this was one I was eager to devour and read again.


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    Tonya M. Dallas, TX 10-08-17
    Tonya M. Dallas, TX 10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Life Changing"

    Lisa Harper has a laugh that lights the soul. If you, like me, have wondered how to radiate the joy and happiness she does this beautifully written and read book is your primer. Shattering my decades long belief that happiness is not sacred, this book has breathed life and hope into areas of my heart I didn't know were dry and dark. Lisa directs the listener to God and His word while providing practical tools for cultivating happiness in our daily life. I will be listening to this numerous times so that I can glean every golden seed of joy and happiness I can from it. Thank you, Lisa Harper for writing this book!

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    BARAP11 St Louis 10-07-17
    BARAP11 St Louis 10-07-17
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    "First Audible Book I've Completed"

    First, I have to say that I love all things Lisa Harper, but I don't enjoy reading. I've tried audio books before and my attention always wonders. Since this book is narrated by Lisa, it kept my attention. I love how she has woven her life into these biblical principles. I love how she takes artistic liberties to express biblical stories. It was a fun read for a serious topic.

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    Amazon Customer 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love Lisa"

    Encouraging but not fluffy...full of Biblical truth. Especially good to be read by Lisa - so great to hear her hilarious stories and touching testimonies told with her own voice. Highly recommended!

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    FrancisAnn 08-02-17
    FrancisAnn 08-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A BREATH OF FRESH AIR"

    I simply love Lisa. Her daughter Missy brings joy to my life on a daily basis as I follow their story on Facebook. Lisa's use of scripture and stories from her life make this book a great read.

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    Laverne B. Baker 06-28-17
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    "Blessed and inspiring!"

    This is one of the best books I have read it s while. The love of God is all in it. Continued Blessings👏🏽

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