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Book Review: How Happiness Happens By Max Lucado

In a world searching for happiness, bestselling author Max Lucado provides a personal plan for a life filled with lasting and fulfilling joy, supported by Jesus' teaching and modern research. Do you feel happy How long has it been since you felt a level of contagious, infectious, unflappable, unstoppable happiness Maybe your answer is, "All the time." If so, God bless you! (And consider suggesting this book to someone who needs it.) For many of us the answer is, "Well, it's been a while. I used to be happy, but then life took its toll." Only one-third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. How can this be Education is accessible to most. We've made advancements in everything from medicine to technology, yet 66 percent of us can't find an adequate reason to check the "yes" box on the happiness questionnaire. Worldwide, people profess that happiness is their most cherished goal. Marketers get this. "Want to be happy" they ask. Eat at this restaurant, drive this car, wear this dress. Happiness happens when you lose the weight, get the date, find the mate, or discover your fate. It's wide, this way to happiness. Yet, for all its promise, it delivers a fragile joy; here one day, tomorrow scattered by the winds of comparison, disappointment, or unmet expectations. Max writes, "There is another option. It requires no credit card, monthly mortgage, or stroke of fortune. Age and ethnicity aren't unexpected door to joy." In this book Max shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, How Happiness Happens presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.

Published by Struik Christian Media, and available from leading bookstores and online booksellers

Reviewed by:

Rochél Nkosi

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a wife to Carl and mother to Kairo (4) and Kadimah (1 and a half). I am a teacher by profession, but currently a stay-at-home mompreneur. I am on eldership with my husband at Front Line People Church in Brakpan. I am passionate about multi-culturalism, languages, baking, worship and sharing the Word. My prayer is my life would reflect Him, always.

What drew you to read this book:

I am in a Winter season in some areas of my life, and it has become easy to become disgruntled and unhappy. When I saw the title, I selfishly thought, "Yes, maybe the secret is in this read!"

What impact did this book have:

We so often hear that we need to love God first, and then love others. We often hear that serving others is a joy and a privilege. This book impacted me by reminding me of those truths again, in a real and relatable way. I love how the author uses statistics, true life stories and humour to illustrate these central truths of the Gospel. I was inspired to keep loving, serving and finding joy in this season I'm in.

In a paragraph, what is the main point:

The main point is that happiness does not come from focusing on ourselves, which is the way the world thinks. As Christians, happiness happens when we unselfishly focus on others (which often turns our eyes on Him, and vice versa). It's in this shift of perspective that we find true fulfillment and authentic happiness comes.

Who would benefit from reading this book:

Anyone who is struggling with being unhappy. If you find yourself discontent, or in a difficult season, this may help to turn your gaze in the right direction again.

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Published by Thomas Nelson and distributed by Struik Christian Media.

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