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Do you ever wonder whether God even cares if we’re happy?

This world can be so hard, and we aren’t promised an easy road. But that’s not the whole story. The Bible is filled with verses that prove that ours is a God who not only loves celebrations but also desperately wants his children to experience happiness. 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 (bestselling author of Heaven) dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness, including downright harmful ideas like the prosperity gospel, and provides indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it. Randy covers questions like:

  • How can I cultivate happiness in my life?
  • What’s the difference between joy and happiness?
  • Can good things become idols that steal our happiness?
  • Is seeking happiness selfish?
  • How can I achieve happiness through gratitude?
  • What does it look like to receive God’s grace?

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.

Top Highlights

“A study indicates that children laugh an average of four hundred times daily, adults only fifteen.[3] So what happens between childhood and maturity that damages our capacity for happiness?” (source)

“In other words, the Fall didn’t generate the human longing for happiness —it derailed and misdirected it.” (source)

“Seeking happiness without God is like seeking water without wetness or sun without light. Since God himself is the happiness that overflows into his creation, every attempt to separate him from happiness is futile.” (source)

“Our message shouldn’t be ‘Don’t seek happiness,’ but ‘You’ll find in Jesus the happiness you’ve always longed for.’” (source)

“It’s not insensitive, unkind, or wrong to be happy. By being happy in Christ, we lay claim to the fact that God is bigger than the Fall and affirm that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will reverse the Curse and reign over a new universe. Our happiness shouts that our God is present with us and at work in the world every minute of every hour of every day. The narrower our view of God’s presence in this world —and in our daily lives —the less happiness we’ll experience.” (source)

Product Details

  • Title : Happiness
  • Author: Alcorn, Randy
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • ISBN: 9781496403858


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