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Think God doesn’t want you to be happy? Think again.
While Christians shouldn’t deny or ignore suffering, we should be so energized by contagious joy and radiate such inner happiness, peace, and contentment that others are attracted to what we have in Christ. Yet Christians are often perceived as angry, judgmental, and duty driven.

Why aren’t we happier?

Unfortunately, many believers are taught that God wants us to be holy but not happy and that joy and happiness are fundamentally different. We’ve even been left with the impression that God himself isn’t happy. Yet nothing could be further from the truth!

God is happy, and he wants us to be happy too. Why else would Scripture call him “the happy God”? Why else would he call the gospel the “good news of great joy” and go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our eternal happiness?

We know we’ll experience unimaginable happiness in Heaven and on the New Earth, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also experience great happiness here and now.

Join bestselling author and noted theologian Randy Alcorn as he dispels the modern Christian misconceptions about happiness and provides indisputable biblical proof that God not only wants us to be happy but commands and empowers us to be happy in him!

The day has not yet come when God will wipe away every tear from his children’s eyes, but rest assured, that day will come. Until then, this definitive work can help change the way you think about joy and happiness.

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Get a head start on living happily ever after!

Webster’s dictionary defines happiness as―wait for it―“the state of being happy.”

Seems easy enough, right? And yet happiness eludes us.

Most of us spend our entire lives trying to be happy, only to come up short time and time again. We think, If only I could find the perfect relationship, lose weight, get a better job, or make more money―then I’d be happy!

But the truth is, none of these things will ever bring us true, lasting joy and happiness. There is, however, something that can.

C. S. Lewis wrote, “If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire. . . . If you want joy, . . . peace, eternal life, you must get close to . . . the thing that has them.”

Now, in the most definitive work on the topic of happiness to date, Randy Alcorn shows us how we can draw closer to the source of joy, peace, and eternal life, and experience all the happiness God, in his infinite grace, has to offer.

About the Author

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. Alcorn is the author of over 40 books, including Heaven; Money, Possessions and Eternity; Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments; and The Treasure Principle. His novels include Deadline; Dominion; Deception; and Safely Home. Alcorn resides in Oregon with his wife, Nanci.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (October 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414389345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414389349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pastor Alcorn isn't content just to tell us to be happy. He insists on searching Scripture and showing us the Gospel-centered reasons for a happy life.

And if you trust him for a few hundred pages, he'll convince you that there's a lot of happiness to be found, first in God Himself, then in the gifts He gives us, and in our response to God and His world.

I really enjoyed reading this book. (Frankly, if a book called "Happiness" wasn't a pleasure to read, wouldn't that be a major problem right there?) Randy clearly studied his subject, because this book was peppered with quotes from philosophers and scientists and preachers and artists and songwriters, all of them engaging with "happiness."

I agree with him that for Christians, happiness has become one of those unspiritual concepts. We don't want to seem like we're obsessed with personal satisfaction or self-gratification, so we shun happiness in favor of a joyful holiness. And joyful holiness is wonderful, but Randy argues that we've devalued the concept of simple, easily recognized human happiness to our own detriment.

For Randy, happiness (along with joy and gratitude and contentedness and peace, etc. etc.) rounds out the wholesome life.

In this book, Randy devotes many pages to studying the most precise meanings of various words in Scripture. There's a reason for this. Often our translation of a word can give it a whole new meaning, sometimes subtle, sometimes glaring. There are a lot of really strong happy words in Scripture, and maybe you've never realized that before.
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"Happiness" by Randy Alcorn is a good title for the Christian who wants to be more joyful and happy in the Lord. Throughout the book, Alcorn reminds the reader that happiness based in the Lord (instead of circumstances, hedonistic pursuits, etc.) is not only biblical, but healthy for the committed follower of Jesus Christ. Indeed, as I grow older I realize more the necessity of being happy in the Lord and not take myself so seriously (no else does, so why should I?). Instead, take Jesus Christ and His claims seriously and then happiness will fall in place. This is not one of those touchy-feely titles with no theological meat.

The book is a healthy over 400-page read and covers topics such as:

1. Uses of the word "happy" in various Bible translations.
2. As mentioned earlier, seek to be happy in the Lord instead of circumstances or hedonistic pleasures.
3. We can find pleasure in the everyday events of life (how about a solitary walk or walk with a spouse/friend, enjoying nature, a hobby, doing a chore around the house, looking at your work as serving people, etc.?).
4. Different New Testament words that translate into happiness.
5. Idols that can steal our happiness (either because they are not legitimate means to happiness or can be a good thing that can be perverted so that we seek pleasure in the idol instead of God).
6. Jesus had a sense of humor so should we (again, please don't take yourself so seriously).
7. We have the power to choose to be happy or not happy.
8. Ultimately we will have lasting, pure, and true happiness when we go home to be with Jesus.

Again, this is a lengthy read and will take several sittings to get through.
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Joy is something all believers have to fight for. I have heard it said, "One chooses to be joyful. It is an act of the will." Yet, it seems so often directly related to our emotions. And this, I find, is where we believe a lie.

As I read Randy Alcorn's new book, Happiness, I was challenged afresh by many things; First and foremost, accepting the word happiness as synonymous with joy. He directed the reader to dive in and learn what the original languages in the Bible say in reference to happiness and proved quite successfully that happiness is a Biblical truth. So often, in Christian circles, we shy away from the word happiness, possibly, because it denotes more of a emotional response, and even more possibly, because the world mostly uses it in a way to describe their own joy. A joy that is a response to circumstances.

Mr. Alcorn reminds us that we have the ultimate reason for happiness. Our happiness should be found in our deep-seated faith and love in our Savior. Our happiness shouldn't be founded on our emotions, but our emotions are a God-given resource in which we can express all that God has done. Our happiness as believers comes from truth. The Truth, The Life. The Way.

This book is loaded with truth. It really is a theological study on happiness and how it fleshes out in a believer's life. It can be a bit overwhelming at times. The reader must take it slow and try to digest each section he lays out. Happiness is also a great reference book to redirect our minds when we are in the struggle for joy. This one will be next to my Bible study helps on my shelf for a long time.

Note: As part of the Tyndale Blogging Network, I received a free copy of this book.
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