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Book Review: The Happy Christian

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The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World

Author: David Murray

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 24, 2015)


A unique combination of biblical teaching, scientific research, and personal biography shows those who follow Jesus how to live joyful, purposeful lives.

Hopelessness has invaded much of our culture, even reaching deep into the church. But while the world is awash in negativity, Christians have resources to live differently.

In The Happy Christian, professor and pastor David Murray blends the best of modern science and psychology with the timeless truths of Scripture to create a solid, credible guide to positivity. The author of the acclaimed Christians Get Depressed Too, Murray exposes modern negativity’s insidious roots and presents ten perspective-changing ways to remain optimistic in a world that keeps trying to drag us down.

The Happy Christian invites readers to shed negativity and become countercultural missionaries by demonstrating the positive power of the gospel in their lives.

What others are saying:

“Happy is a cheap word nowadays, hardly strong enough to describe the realistic, joyful, triumphant Christian life into which David Murray labors to lead us. His book overflows with earthy, deep-rooted biblical wisdom that many miss but all of us need.” – Dr. J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

“If anyone else had written a book with this title I wouldn’t have picked it up. The fact that it was written by Dr. David Murray made me not only pick it up but study it in depth. This is not a ‘feel good’ book but a book about the genuine joy and happiness that we can know as beloved followers of Christ in a broken world.”- Sheila Walsh, author of Loved Back to Life

The Happy Christian is a timely reminder to all believers that the sorrows of this world are no match for the supreme joy of knowing Christ. Christians everywhere will be encouraged by this work for years to come.”
 – Ed Stetzer, President of Lifeway Research Division, contributing editor for Christianity Today

“A timely corrective to both the excesses of the ‘prosperity gospel’ and the gloomy spirit that overcomes so many Christians. Biblically compelling and pastorally encouraging, this easy-to-read book makes an important point that Christians need to hear. Read The Happy Christian and remember that through the love of Christ you are blessed by God!”- Dr. Richard Phillips, minister and author of Jesus the Evangelist

“A robust and welcome defense of how the gospel acts in the lives of those who have been transformed by it. A great read–transforming and uplifting.”- Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic & Historical  Theology. RTS.

Meet the Author:

Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and Pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. He was ordained to the ministry in 1995 and pastored two churches in Scotland for 12 years. He is the author of Christians Get Depressed Too, How Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page, and regularly speaks at conferences in North America and beyond. David and his wife Shona have five children and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.

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My Review:

There are many Christian-themed books about happiness. Some of them are too shallow and the others are too theological. However, this book is not one of the typical “happiness” books.  David Murray’s book aims higher than basing happiness in either ignorance or guilting the reader out of their sadness. His work is based on what the Christian Scripture says of why we should be happy. This is a very easy book to read. David Murray is well-educated but, he’s not trying to show off with vocabulary. This book will enrich you in ways that you need and help you to refine your way of thinking to lead you to a joyful life.


I received this book free from the publisher through the Book look  bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Happy Reading!


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