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The Happiness Dare: Pursuing Your Heart's Deepest, Holiest, and Most Vulnerable Desire Paperback – August 2, 2016
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Lee (Love Idol) opens her delightful treatise on all things happiness-related with a confession: she is not always happy. Throughout the book, by admitting to being in the dumps and explaining the mental gymnastics that get her there, Lee does a superb job of encouraging readers to take proactive steps toward finding their own “happiness sweet spot[s].” Lee considers herself a doer, and instead of wallowing in her negative thoughts, she has created a series of thought experiments and crucial questions that direct her toward a happier, more fulfilled life―all of which she shares with readers, tailored to a wide range of dispositions. She offers Scripture-heavy exercises that will equip readers to view life and its many mishaps with confidence and optimism. The book is chock-full of winsome anecdotes and self-help quizzes; readers will find themselves actually having a blast as they figure out what makes them tick and learn habits for healthier living. Lee is a born storyteller and, for those of faith, this text will be a helpful reminder to stay the course of Christ―even in the darkest moments. (Publishers Weekly)
As I read The Happiness Dare, I kept repeating one sentence to myself about its author: Wow, she really gets me. Jennifer is a most insightful and trustworthy writer, and I connected with this book in a way I’ve connected with few others. Not only is The Happiness Dare the best kind of medicine for any woman who fears happiness is unattainable or unholy; reading it is just plain fun. Pick up this engaging book and discover your own sweet spot of happiness: where your earthly pleasure meets heavenly joy. (Kristen Strong, Author of Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life's Transitions)
If you’ve ever wondered if God really cares about your happiness, this book is for you. Within these pages, Jennifer shows us how to live out a “holy pursuit of happiness” and personalizes this with an eye-opening assessment you can take to find out what happiness style you naturally flourish in. I can’t say enough good things about The Happiness Dare! (Lysa TerKeurst, bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries)
I was so blessed and challenged by reading this book. It spoke to me at a deep level and inspired me to embark on my own Happiness Dare! Thank you, Jennifer, for inspiring us all to boycott cynicism and wring the delight out of the ordinary days. (Crystal Paine, bestselling author and founder of MoneySavingMom.com)
Jennifer Dukes Lee’s insightful and engaging words share not only the how of happiness but also the heart of it. More than just helpful information, The Happiness Dare lays out a path to spiritual and emotional transformation. As someone for whom happiness doesn’t come naturally or easily, I wish I’d had this book years ago. (Holley Gerth, bestselling author of You're Already Amazing)
I read The Happiness Dare with a recently broken ankle and little mobility and was provoked to see the God of happy holiness within its pages. I found “happy” in a cast, while stuck indoors, as Jennifer invited me to look at the God who both created happiness and gave us a grid in his Word to chase after it, right within our reach. Jennifer invites every kind of reader to find happiness and the God who created it. She not only reveals the beautifully Biblical case for “happy holiness” but she invites us beyond theory and into the living. (Sara Hagerty, Author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet)
In all of our striving for happiness, could it really be that God wants us to be happy too? In The Happiness Dare, Jennifer Dukes Lee helps us discover a truth a lot of us have been missing and dares us to boldly walk in the freedom God intended for us all along. I absolutely loved this book! (Ruth Schwenk, Founder of TheBetterMom.com; author of Hoodwinked and Pressing Pause)
I absolutely love The Happiness Dare, written by my friend Jennifer Dukes Lee. Based on her own desire to fight for and find happiness on the happy and not-so-happy days, Jennifer offers us so much more than a book. She has created an insightful, fun, wise, and encouraging life-guide to help us become the best version of ourselves by living in our God-given sweet spot. Packed with powerful stories, tools, and everything you need to discover your personal happiness style, you’re in for a treat. Get rid of the guilt and get ready to enjoy the way God made you by starting your personal happiness dare today! (Renee Swope, Bestselling author of A Confident Heart)
Jennifer grabbed my attention on every page with her thoughtful and thought-provoking words on what happiness looks and feels like. This book will inspire you to let your guard down so you’ll be empowered to experience the life-changing and God-given happiness found throughout every season and circumstance. (Melissa Michaels, bestselling author of Love the Home You Have)
With her familiar warmth and wisdom, Jennifer Dukes Lee has written a captivating book that will transform the way you think about happiness. Combining biblical truth and brilliant storytelling, she answers all of the questions I have privately wondered about happiness, revealing how it beautifully intersects with joy and holiness in the Christian life. You don’t want to miss The Happiness Dare. It will have you doing your own happy dance. (Jeannie Cunnion, Author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child)
Happiness―it’s that elusive destination our culture seeks at all costs. And often when we finally grasp the slippery emotion, it’s fleeting. In The Happiness Dare, Jennifer unpacks the journey to a truly happy life found in Christ instead of our feelings. It’s practical, it’s encouraging, it’s a dare we should all take! I highly recommend this book. (Kristen Welch, Author of Rhinestone Jesus)
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After loving her first book, Love Idol, I am excited to encourage others to read and take the Happiness Dare, as well. You won't be disappointed!
My only regret about this book is that it wasn’t available to me when I was working, raising children and caring for my parents. But now that I am older, a grandparent, and retired, I can truly say that Jennifer Dukes Lee has really hit the mark. Her research is sound, her belief that God wants us to be happy is well-documented, and her positive attitude will help anyone who reads this book begin to find true happiness. Thank you, Jennifer, for writing this wonderful and thoughtful book.
That’s what Jennifer’s book encourages readers to do. Her words don’t discount grief and hard days, but they do celebrate the details that remind us God is for us and enjoying life is part of the journey.