Is it ok for Christians to be happy and if so, is it ok for them to be outwardly happy in public? This is what author Lisa Harper discusses in her new book, `The Sacrament of Happy`. Lisa was raised in a religion that didn’t allow dancing, card playing, or apparently any public signs of happiness. She also experienced child abuse. Her book, `The Sacrament of Happy` is written for all women. Lisa tells her book as if she were sitting with the reader face-face.
The very first chapter had me laughing as she explains an episode where she and a friend were to walk the red carpet. Instead, they wound up falling into a plot of mud with their high heels and fancy dresses on. What could they do but laugh?
Lisa referenced a couple of authors in her book; author Randy Alcorn and theologian John Piper. Randy Alcorn states there are 2,700 passages where terms related to happy (gladness, merriment, pleasure, etc.) are used in the Bible. God wants us to be happy. The reader will also notice that Lisa has done much research on the word `happy`.
The take away from this book on how to be happy is to first focus on God, and then be kind, polite, generous, and respectful of others.
Each chapter begins with a quote and ends with reflection questions making this a great book study for book clubs.
Disclaimer: “I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.”