Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Happy Christian {A Family Christian Review + GIVEAWAY!}

I am a Family Christian Blogger. I received a copy of The Happy Christian for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

This past weekend, we (finally!) had our first nice spring day, and my family and I spent the day in the backyard. Look how happy my daughter Leah is to be outside blowing bubbles!

Happiness. It comes so easily when you're a child!

I think we all long for the days when life was simpler and the weight of the world wasn't on our shoulders.

For Christians, knowing and sharing the good news can be a great source of joy, but in reality Christians can actually be some of the most cynical people in the world.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review David Murray's latest book, The Happy Christian. I am a generally upbeat person, but have struggled to find the positives in life lately, so this read was timely!

To be honest, when I first began reading, I was a bit skeptical that this book would actually make me happier. However, I was pleasantly surprised!

This was a really interesting read. It's full of happy facts and scripture, and gave me a lot of food for thought. It has changed the way I view world events and has even allowed me to re-evaluate events within my personal life to see more good and create more positive outcomes.

Dr. David Murray is a professor and pastor, and both endeavours shine through in his writing. The book is Biblically based, but also includes a plethora of scientific research and secular facts.

I found the third chapter and way to be a joyful believer almost life changing. I actually had to set the book down and do something else to reflect on it more. Happy Salvation and the reminder that Christ doesn't require anything of me, and that it is finished - when, in every other aspect of life there is always so much to continually be done - has lifted a huge weight from my shoulders.

The Happy Christian includes actual tips and strategies to create and maintain happiness which are very helpful and easy to put into practice.

I never would have even thought to limit media exposure as a means to a happier life, but it makes so much sense, when Philippians 4:8 says

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things (NIV)

and unfortunately, so much of the news is negative.

This book really helped me. I am definitely guilty of being negative and critical of others at times. The Happy Christian reminded me that while there is sin in the world, there is also so much good! It has helped me to re-think the state of the world and embrace God's "everywhere grace."

The Happy Christian is published by Thomas Nelson.

Family Christian is sponsoring a giveaway of a copy of The Happy Christian. Enter to win below - good luck!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this review with us. What caught my attention is what you said about media exposure and also world events. I get stuck in Negativeville and Pessimism from time to time in those two places. Great review! Keep writing! Blessings from "Espressos of Faith"!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Your encouraging words mean a lot to me

  2. Well, you sold me on the book, Jen. I'll pick it up for my summer reading. :-)