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God’s Promise of Happiness by Randy Alcorn

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God’s Promise of Happiness, by Randy Alcorn, is based on the author’s larger work, Happiness. Still, this little book provides some thought-provoking content revealing our common misconceptions about happiness, holiness, and God. In an easy to follow question and answer format, this booklet tackles some intriguing questions. Do happiness and joy mean the same thing? Is God happy or stern? Do happiness and blessing mean the same thing? (I’m not sure I agree with him on this one.) Plus, the book is loaded with Scripture to correspond to each answer. It was a delightful read that made me think. Grab a copy while it’s free (at the time of posting, anyway).

Book Quotes

“There are more than 2,700 passages in the Bible containing words such as joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, pleasure, cheer, laughter, delight, jubilation, feasting, exultation, and celebration.”

“Until the twentieth century, happiness and joy were used interchangeably.”

“Our happiness was bought and paid for by Jesus. But it’s ours only when we take hold of the gift God paid a tremendous price for.”

“First Timothy 1:11 and 6:15 actually speak of the gospel of the ‘happy God’ and the God ‘who is the happy and only sovereign.’”

“If God weren’t happy, living with him forever couldn’t possibly appeal to us.”

“What could be more happy-making than knowing the God of happiness, who grants us eternal life and happiness in Christ?”

“If you’re unhappy, you need to change what you’re thinking and what you’re doing.”

“When I meditate on Christ’s unfathomable love and grace, I lose myself in him, and before I know it, I’m happy. But when I focus on my problems and especially how badly others are treating me (or so I imagine), happiness flies away.”

“The Greek adjective translated ‘great’ here is megas—good news of ‘mega-joy’!”

“Heaven will be deeply appreciated by the disabled, who’ll be liberated from ravaged bodies and minds, and the sick and the elderly, who’ll be free from pains and restrictions. They’ll walk, run, see, and hear—some for the first time.”


God’s Promise of Happiness

Randy Alcorn


109 pages




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