The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches about Finding True Happiness

Derwin Gray. B&H, $17.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-5359-9571-9
Pastor and former professional football player Gray (The High Definition Leader) lays out in this uplifting work examples of those who depended on God instead of themselves for happiness, and explains how doing so can bring happiness to readers. “Happiness is not the absence of bad circumstances,” he writes, “it is the presence of Godfidence—certainty and hope in God despite circumstances.” Gray cites many biblical stories that provide lessons and examples of the faith of those who lived a happy life, including moments of God comforting people in times of sorrow, the concept of lamentation allowing people to love even those they disagree with, and humility breaking down racial barriers. A particularly wise chapter depicts the apostle Peter’s wavering but ultimately firm faith in God. Gray closes with a “Happiness Manifesto” that he encourages readers to sign, as well as a 30-day happiness challenge, while the “Things to Remember” sections at the end of each chapter instruct readers to incorporate lessons of mercy and grace from biblical times. Gray’s powerful study provides a wealth of useful advice for Christians interested in close scriptural readings. (June)
Reviewed on : 03/31/2020
Release date: 06/01/2020
Genre: Religion
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