60 Days of Happiness: Discover God’s Promise of Relentless Joy by Randy Alcorn
Published January 4, 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers
Genres Christian, Nonfiction
Would you like to like to experience true happiness? Whet it comes to happiness, most of us have the same questions. Why can’t I be consistently happy? Is it wrong to be happy when there’s so much pain and suffering in the world? And perhaps the biggest one: How can I be happier? Some Christians make an artificial contrast between joy and happiness, while others claim God wants us to be holy, but not happy. In fact, he wants us to be both and the two go hand in hand. In “60 Days of Happiness” noted theologian Randy Alcorn shares 60 timeless devotions demonstrating that God not only wants us to be happy in him and enjoy his gifts, he commands and empowers us to do so.
Confession: I read 2 devotions a day, so I read this in 30 days instead of the intended 60. However, it was a great devotional book none the less. The book is a 60 day devotional, with each day dealing with a different question regarding happiness. Examples include; “Why Aren’t Christians Known for Their Happiness?”, “Who or What is Our Primary Source of Happiness?” and “Will We Really Live Happily Ever After?” One of my favorite devotions was the “Who or What is Our Primary Source of Happiness?” devotion on Day 27. The author writes, “Happiness can’t be bigger than it’s source.God is primary; all other forms of happiness – relationships, created things and material pleasures are secondary. If we don’t consciously see God as their source, these secondary things for enjoyment can master us.” The devotion goes on to talk about how things like a promotion or a vacation are too small to bring big happiness and that if we don’t look to God for that happiness, we are doomed to spend our lives trying to get our happiness from these small things.
I really liked this devotional and I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be useful to anyone who reads it. Day 27 stuck out to me the most, reminding me to look at the bigger and overall picture, rather than trying to find the “big happiness” from the “small things.” Each day the author includes scripture relating to the topic of the day, along with the devotional ending in a daily prayer. I feel that this devotional is something everyone will find both interesting and useful, as it seems that everyone is always looking for happiness in a variety of different places.This book is also really beautiful, it is hardcover and a bright sunshine yellow, which is perfect for a devotional on happiness!
Thank you to the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, for sending me a complimentary copy of this book.