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Summary

Christians are supposed to be happy. In fact we are supposed to radiate joy, peace, and contentment that are so unmistakable and so attractive that others are naturally drawn to us because they want what we have. And yet, in today's culture, the vast majority of Christians are perceived as angry, judgmental people who don't seem to derive any joy from life whatsoever. So why aren't we happy?

Unfortunately, many Christians are taught early on that God doesn't want us to be happy (he wants us to be holy). In fact many Christians are laboring under the false notion that God himself is not happy. But nothing could be further from the truth! God does want us to be happy. The Bible is filled with verses that prove that ours is a happy, joy-filled god who not only loves celebrations but also desperately wants his children to be happy. 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 dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness and provides indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it. 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.

©2015 Randy Alcorn (P)2015 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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So happy!

What an amazing book. Fantastic research and understanding of scripture. I have just finished it and want to start it all over again.
Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • ashfordschoolhouse
  • 31-05-16

Wanna be happy?

The title of this book intrigued me. Who would not want to be more happy? Is God happy? How can we find the happiness we are all looking for? I was not disappointed. Randy Alcorn's premise, drawn from scripture and church history, is that God himself IS happy and wants us to be happy too! The book helps explain and expound this idea. So glad I listened. Worth every minute!

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  • 30-05-16

Life Changing

Would you consider the audio edition of Happiness to be better than the print version?

There are pros and cons. I liked having the audio version because the book is very long and I could take it with me this way. I liked listening to Randy Alcorn read it, the passion he has for the subject is amazing. The con is I will have to go back to my bookmarks and right some stuff down. He gives a lot of verses (good thing) and I want to look some of them up.

What did you like best about this story?

This book changed my view of God and life. It sounds so melodramatic to say that, but it is true. I have been guilty of saying, "God wants us to do the right thing, our happiness doesn't matter." This book made me re-think that statement and realized God does care about our happiness, which is huge to me on how I view Him. I now know that God wants us to do the right thing and the right thing leads to our greatest happiness.

What does Randy Alcorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Passion for the subject matter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but at the length of it, it was impossible to do so.

Any additional comments?

This book was lengthy and in some places maybe even a little too lengthy, yet it was important for the author to provide a lot of scripture to back up what he was saying so maybe not.
At the end of the day though, it didn't matter. This book is now in my top five non-fiction Christian books. My relationship with God is stronger than it was before reading it, I feel I know Him better and I love Him more.
Thank you Mr. Alcorn for another phenomenal book.

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  • 12-01-17

life changing

i read many books in 2016 but i will never forget this one.i went to bible school and there is very little that feels like brand new or life changing material... this was it for me.

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  • Justin
  • 14-07-16

Good theory just way too long

theory in this book is very good but it gets very repetitive and could have been a third of this length

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  • M. Edwards
  • 13-02-18

Listening to Happiness Was Agonizing

What did you like about this audiobook?

I might have given this book 5 stars had it been a fifth the length. Instead, I found it be a slow and excruciating exercise in mental anguish. That’s ironic being as I picked up the book to assist me in incorporating a greater degree of the happiness which comes from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ into my life. I found reading this garbled mess to be more painful than the average trip to the dentist.

Why? Alcorn consistently offers 5 to 10 quotations when just one or two would do. The oncoming onslaught of chapters assault the reader mercilessly while offering very few fresh insights or new developments along the way.

7 years ago I read “Heaven” by the same author and found it likewise to be rambling and repetitive. Yet I still gave it 3 stars because it had some good points (although far inferior to N.T. Wright’s similar book “Surprised by Hope”).

Not so this work. I can only give it one star. However, I must admit I’m still bogged down in chapter 21 (about 45% or a little over 10 hours through the 45 chapters, not including the sizable appendices). Maybe I’ll try to listen to more later in the year since I put out good money to buy the book, but for now I prefer to spend my time with better authors who have more to say (Note: I listened to both the audiobook as well as reading the e-book).

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Having read three of the author's books, I don't think I will ever want to read another.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Yes, every book does.