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The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World Paperback – June 1, 2017
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In her new book, Lisa shares heartfelt stories from her own life about happiness and how it doesn’t just fit in or belong in the Christian life, but that “we’re quite literally called to be happy” (Harper). Lisa also lays down a Biblical foundation for happiness and challenges readers with question prompts to reflect and think through.
Like Lisa, I was also taught about JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself) vs. happiness. I was taught that joy was eternal and happiness temporary. I was taught that we could never lose joy, but happiness is fleeting. Lisa turns that thinking upside its head in a way that I’m still mulling over.
“Here’s the liberating truth about God being happy with us: it’s not up to us!” – Lisa Harper, "The Sacrament of Happy."
Can we sit with that for just a few seconds? Happy is like Grace. Just as God’s grace is given to us not because we’re worthy or did anything to deserve it, God is happy with us not because we’re worthy or did anything to deserve it. Is it just me that feels so very free to hear that?!?
"The Sacrament of Happy" is for anyone who’s ever struggled with happy. What does it mean to be happy? How do we pursue happiness? What does God say about it? How does it fit into the Christian life and the serious Christian doctrines? How do we live in happiness when the world mourns?
I have so many favorite stories from those that Lisa shared in her book, but one of my favorites is when she found out that the Hokey Pokey is a universal favorite children’s song. I won’t spoil the story, but get ready to shed a few tears and then laugh out loud.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you've struggled with the idea of a happy God or a how a holy God can be happy with a messed up world. If you've struggled with perfectionism. If you've been wounded by past sins. If you're looking for what happy can look like, read this book. This is also an easy book to read for the summer, beach or pool side or with a group of your friends.
Harper does a phenomenal job of showing us how happiness is Scriptural. She does so with her flair for storytelling. Every word touched my heart. But especially those of having an eternal life with a happy Heavenly Father. It's also a reminder for me to enjoy the happiness He gives me daily and make sure those around me see it.