Book Review – The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World (1/6)

Should a Christian always be happy? Or morbid? Perhaps some might think that it is more “biblical” to be morbid that happy but David Murray has actually written this book to help christians be happy christians.

The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy WorldIn essence Murray wants to highlight the importance of joy and happiness in the christian life. But rather than just showing the benefits of being positive, Murray also wants to show that being positive is actually biblical. He brings 10 ideas to the readers and shows how each of them can help us be happy Christians.

Murray first shows how psychology and science has shown how important happiness is to the general health of a person. From it, he wants to teach and show how we can learn to reframe our thoughts and see things in a new light. Things that might have caused us to be frustrated, when viewed from a Christian perspective might even cause us to be thankful for it.

Murray also reminds the readers of very basic truths that christians should be happy about. For example in one chapter he writes about the good news of our salvation found in Christ. Or in another chapter, Murray writes and shows how the church is more about Christ than about Christians, and how we can learn to love those who are unlike us.

All in all, I have found this book to be a good read and backed up secular statistics or research. Though I would have preferred that Murray built up the foundation from biblical foundations first, this book is still backed with many biblical truths and principles. If you want to know how you can be happy despite the many troubles in life, this is one book that you should read.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

If you are interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review