“I dream about Christians being the happiest people in the world” so writes David Murray in the introduction to his latest book ‘The Happy Christian’.
I think we all share his dream.
Christians should be the happiest people in the world.
Just read “this small sample of blessing” that Murray lists in his introduction:
“We love and are loved by the one true and living God. God is our perfect Father. We know Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. The Holy Spirit is sanctifying and empowering us. Our sins are forgiven. We are justified and adopted into God’s worldwide and heaven-wide family. We have all the promises of God. Everything is working together for our good. God is our guard and guide. God lives in our hearts. Jesus has prepared a place for us in heaven and will welcome us there.”
But the reality is that so often they are not, which is why a book on being a happy Christian is a much needed addition to the world of Christian books, and surely one to encourage the people in the local church you are part of to read.
And it is.
I must admit though that when I looked at the length of the book, my heart sunk. Regardless of how good the content is, and it is very good, it is just too long to expect a number of people in the congregation I pastor to read. It is a shame it is not half the length.
That aside, I was helped by The Happy Christian, just like I was by Murray’s previous book, Jesus on Every Page.
Murray with great clarity expounds what the Bible teaches on the subject of happiness, and skilfully shows how science confirms and illustrates the Bible’s teaching, with the result being ten simple formulas that “will tilt the balance of your life in an increasingly positive direction. When all ten are added together by daily spiritual exercise and practice, you will sense an unmistakable change in your mind, in your heart, in your feelings, in your attitude, in your health, in your relationships, in your soul, and indeed in your worldview.”
For busy pastors, I’d recommend getting a copy of this book, and if you don’t have time to read the whole book to read chapter 2 and what he writes about the diet we should be feeding Christ’s sheep, which is simply outstanding.
And for Christians, if you are someone who can manage a 250+ page book, get it and you’ll be blessed by reading it. Even if it does not make you a happy Christian, hopefully you’ll become a happier Christian!
The Happy Christian is available to buy HERE and you might also like to check out another e-book from David Murray, A Bundle of Joy, which is actually six books on Christian Joy, including The Happy Leader and The Happy Church HERE.