I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical while reading this book. When you write a book on happiness, you always tend to get a book that guilts people into being happy more often than not or you get a book filled with ignorance. Look, life stinks sometimes. That is the reality of life so I was very curious at the way that Murray would handle an idea such as a happiness. Here are three highlights about the book:
- Murray looks at the Why of a Christian’s Happiness – David Murray did a fantastic job explaining the why of a Christian’s happiness. He pointed out that Christians who have experienced the true Gospel have a reason to be happy even when the world around them is rather gloomy. The reason we have to be happy is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. David writes, “The church has not always been successful in communicating the Bible’s uplifting and inspiring message.” Murray challenges churches to speak to the happy, inspiring, and uplifting message that is presented in the Gospel.
- The practicality and relevance of the book – Murray mentions several things that are extremely practical that can discourage a Christian and therefore they would lose their happiness. Murray writes that too much immersion into the news outlets can diminish a person’s happiness. This is so true, relevant, and practical. How many times have we watched the news and went away discouraged by what we saw and the state of our world? He also mentioned that focusing on the past can be problematic toward a person’s happiness. These are great things that I felt the book had throughout. It was relevant and practical to the life of a believer in modern society.
- The Commitment to the Gospel – I always knew where Murray stood on the Gospel, and that is one thing that I love about him and his writing. That is why I was very encouraged to see that he never wavered from his commitment to the Gospel in this book, particularly in chapter three. Murray suggests that when Jesus was on the cross, He said “It is finished,” and He meant it. His point was that the war is over. The battle has been won. The devil has been defeated, and in three days, the grave would be overcome. This truth trumps any discouraging thing that happens to us in this world that we live. Now, Murray doesn’t suggest that a believer can never be down. In fact, I felt that he was balanced throughout, but he is saying that we do not need to be defined by discouraging circumstances, and within the discouragement of the circumstances, we can find happiness in the Gospel.
In Conclusion, I would suggest the book to believers and to unbelievers. It is practical and can help answer some questions about a person’s faith. The book was not a game changer and did not shed new light onto a subject, but it pointed out many reminders that are lost in our sermons, articles, and books about a believer’s happiness.
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