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God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God's Help Paperback – April 3, 2012
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“In this wonderful book Father Jonathan Morris explains exactly how God, through the Word of truth, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, can transform your life in ways that no self-help book can do. Read this book and begin the journey of transformation.” (Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life)
“The path to happiness and a just life is complicated. Father Morris offers a way forward that people of faith will find refreshing and relevant.” (Bill O’Reilly, Anchor, Fox News Channel)
“My friend Father Jonathan Morris elaborates with color and care the mysterious balance between our work and God’s grace, and the welcome result could open up a new section in our bookstores: God’s self-help programs.” (Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York)
“Father Jonathan Morris has love in his heart for every human being, including every person lucky enough to read his powerful new book. Here is a plan for making God your partner in seeking the life you deserve, filled with happiness, hope and success.” (Keith Ablow, MD, Co-author of The 7: Seven Wonders that Will Change Your Life)
“Father Jonathan Morris’s inviting, accessible, and personal new book is a reminder of an overlooked truth: faith leads to joy, ... show[ing] us why joy is the surest sign of God’s presence in our lives.” (James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything)
“Father Morris has succeeded where many others have failed, both in clarifying the much-abused notion of happiness and, more importantly, setting our natural desire for self-fulfillment firmly in the context of our, just as natural, search for God. This is a book, I think, that will change lives.” (American Spectator)
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FOX News Analyst Father Jonathan Morris Tells Us the Secret to Happiness (and Why It Is Not Found in Self-Help Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
In a culture dominated by self-actualization, pseudo-spirituality, and chronic selfishness, Father Jonathan Morris offers a better (and more biblical) way of "being happy" than the scores of self-help books that promise readers a better life (A BETTER YOU!).
Father Morris makes a distinction between mere self-help and God-help, yet understands that they are intimately connected. He writes, "Genuine human flourishing ... almost always has something to do with our good choices (positive self-help) and always has everything to do with God's grace (God-help). Any effort to divorce one from the other is a dangerous detour into philosophical narcissism (pursuing self-help without recognition of God) or religious irrationalism (expecting God to do what he wants us to do for ourselves)."
This book is divided into two main sections: the Problem and the Solution. The problem, of course, is thinking that a person can ever be truly "happy" separated from his or her Creator. The solution is submitting oneself to his or her Creator and resting in His faithfulness, which alone can produce lasting joy. Happiness then is a by-product of a life with God, and living a life of "faith, hope and love". Father Morris notes, "Authentic happiness is unearthed first by discovering who we are within a universe whose existence is explicable only by the existence of an eternal Creator; happiness is then cultivated as we build a relationship with that Creator, as his son or daughter dearly loved by him.Read more ›
Several times while reading this, I felt intense emotions as his stories paralleled my own experience within my family and personal relationships.Read more ›
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Phenomenal book, after years in Catholic school I wish they would embrace this method of our religion. If I am ever lucky enough to cross paths with Fr. Read morePublished 4 months ago
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A very simple guideline to build an extraordinary life with God. Thank you for this wonderful book, it was exactly what I needed at this time in my life.Published 7 months ago by Michelle Brodeur
Full disclosure: I haven't read the book. And with a title like "God Wants You Happy" I don't think I would read it. God's plan isn't to make us happy but make us holy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Mathews