Imagine hearing your physician tell you that chips and queso contain more nutritional benefits than kale and quinoa.
In her new book, The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World, Lisa Harper unveils a similarly extravagant, unexpected surprise, declaring that happiness is a gift from God that we can unashamedly enjoy.
Wearing the twin hats of both seminarian and belly-laughing adoptive mom, Harper builds upon solid theological scaffolding for happiness in a warm, vignette style. She dismantles the old-school idea that joy, not happiness, is the truly spiritual emotion of the Christian family and asserts that Christ-followers are actually called to happiness . . . to such a deep conviction in the unmitigated goodness of our Creator-Redeemer that we are free to feel and express genuine joy, fulfillment and contentment, regardless of personal and global tumult.
Harper’s personal story includes such happiness killers as sexual abuse, the death of loved ones, and heartbreaking failed adoptions. Yet she writes on themes like:
“The lost sacrament of laughter”
“Happiness is not the absence of sadness”
“Tuning out the Pharisees who try to mute your happiness in the context of spiritual maturity”
This book goes well beneath most people’s surface understanding of happiness, gently guiding readers closer to the heart of God . . . with naturally a few genuine guffaws to enjoy along the way.
Lisa Harper is a God-send! The End.
Oh, you mean you need more of a review than that? Well, alrighty.
Lisa Harper is a down to earth, God fearing woman that loves life! She writes books that are so easy to read, it is like a conversation with a dear friend. Honestly! She tells stories that tug on your heartstrings, and then others that make you literally laugh out loud! She has been through some crappy days, and she chooses to cultivate happy.
The Sacrament of Happy is a collection of stories that show us that God does have a sense of humor. It shows us that we can choose happy, how to get happy, and how happy changes the world.
I recommend that you get a hard copy rather than an ebook, because you will want to highlight several parts of this book. You will want to remember some of the wisdom of Lisa Harper. Another reason you will want to highlight is because you will start a story and will know what the main points are, but by the end you have laughed so hard that you might forget what you were supposed to learn from it all. It could just be me though.
I don’t re-read a lot of books, but I will keep this one around to read every now and then.