God is good, God does good, and oh, how He wants you to be happy.
In her new book, The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World,
Lisa Harper unveils that happiness is a gift from God that we can
unashamedly enjoy. Happiness tends to be cast as a fluffy emotion
without substance rather than a biblical concept, but this is not
theologically accurate. Wearing the twin hats of both seminarian and
belly-laughing adoptive mom, Lisa Harper dismantles the old-school idea
that joy, not happiness, is the truly spiritual emotion, and asserts
that Christ-followers are actually called to happiness.
We are called to happiness, and this happiness is not impacted by
personal or global tumult. In fact, happiness is a sacrament. The
general definition of sacrament is "a visible sign of inward
grace." In communities of faith, it most often refers to holy communion
or the Eucharist. In the broadest understanding, however, a sacrament is
a gift bestowed by God, and in that case, ’happiness’ is absolutely a
sacrament—a visible, sometimes even audible, sign of inward grace!
Lisa shares heart-wrenching difficult stories from her past, as well as
some side-splitting hilarity along the way. Throughout the book, we see
that happiness and sadness can coexist and ebb and flow like the tides.
- Item CodeC03398B
- PublisherB & H Publishing