God Wants You to Be Happy

Discovering Deeper Joy Than You Ever Imagined

Christian - Biblical Counseling
176 Pages
Reviewed on 12/11/2011
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Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

Author James Randall Robison must have been reading my mind when he said he didn’t like rules or being told what to do and used to have problems relating to passages like Psalm 119:35, “Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.” Thank goodness, it is not just me who has trouble being delighted by being told what to do! I picked up this book because of the title, “God Wants You To Be Happy,” because on the one hand, I know that God wants us to delight in his creations, but on the other hand, I know that God cares more about our holiness than our happiness, so I wanted to find out what the author had to say about it.

Although I wasn’t previously familiar with Life Outreach International, when I read in the book that the author works for that program, I checked it out and was glad to see the great works they are doing.

This was such a good read, not only because of the content and Robison’s style of writing, but also because he laid everything out in such good order. He started with Obstacles to Happiness that included our pride, our lack of being able to forgive people, and our bitterness, followed by those areas that represent mixed blessings for us, such as money, family, work, and suffering. He closed the book talking about the paths to happiness, which all stem from God and salvation, but also come from our own behaviors such as having hope, helping others, and having trust.