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The Sacrament of Happy

What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World
Narrated by: Lisa Harper
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Imagine hearing your physician tell you that chips and queso contain more nutritional benefits than kale and quinoa. Or opening an envelope that looks like just another bill, and unfolding instead an official document declaring you the sole beneficiary of an anonymous billionaire's estate.

In her new book, The Sacrament of Happy, Lisa Harper unveils a similarly extravagant, unexpected surprise, declaring that happiness - just plain feeling happy - is a gift from God that you can unashamedly enjoy.

Wearing the twin hats of seminarian and belly-laughing adoptive mom, Harper delivers a warm, vignette style built upon solid theological scaffolding. She observes, for example, that God's choice of wording for the first verse of the first psalm (a word often translated as "blessed") literally means happy - one of many biblical reasons for dismantling the old-school idea that joy, not happiness, is the truly spiritual one of the Christian family. In truth, they're more like fraternal twins than distant cousins, meaning we as Christ-followers are not called to jettison happiness - like a no-longer-needed set of spiritual floaties - as we learn to swim in the deep waters of intimacy with God. Beyond merely a circumstances-based, up-and-down emotion, happiness comes from a deep conviction in the unmitigated goodness of our Creator-Redeemer, freeing us to feel and express genuine joy, fulfillment, and contentment, regardless of personal or global tumult.

The author's personal story includes such happiness killers as sexual abuse, the deaths of near loved ones, a heartbreaking failed adoption, followed by the arrival of an adopted daughter from Haiti who is HIV-positive. Yet she writes on themes like:

  • The lost sacrament of laughter
  • Does happy have a personality type?
  • Tuning out the Pharisees who try to mute your happiness in the context of spiritual maturity

So this is obviously not a book of trite, untested clichés. It goes well beneath most people's surface understanding of happiness, gently guiding listeners closer to the heart of God...with naturally a few genuine laughs and grins to enjoy along the way.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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  • Buddy & Connie
  • 14-06-2017

The Happy Girl

Lisa Harper is a joy even though I've never met her. However, I must confess I didn't even know who she was prior to a few months ago when I was totally immersed in a Bible study she had written. If there is anyone who one would want to hear, learn, or read about happiness from, it's someone who seems to exude said topic! I would encourage anyone to not only read this book, but listen to the Audible version. To hear it in her voice and to laugh alongside (out loud) Lisa's imagery, hilarious stories, and jaw dropping lines from people she has encountered in her life, is a push in the direction of the pursuit of "happy". She brings great wisdom and touching personal experience to the reader that truly helps one remember that there is such hope to be found even in the midst of the darkest, deepest struggles of life. I am so thankful for reading this book.

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  • Angie
  • 29-06-2017

Simply a blessing!

I am sure I will be listening to this book if you more times at least. And I will be getting the hard copy as well! Very well written and the narration by Lisa herself makes it even better! To have a whole new look on what happy means is exactly what I need in this book has helped to start that process in my heart. Full of silly and funny life events and jam packed with God's truth

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  • Rebecca O'Connor
  • 22-06-2017

Powerful, Biblical and Absolutely Charming

What about Lisa Harper’s performance did you like?

I usually avoid author read performances but Lisa Harper was easy to listen to--even with the southern twang :)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself both laughing and crying--and thinking and taking notes. I read a lot and don't finish books that aren't excellent; this was one I was eager to devour and read again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2019

Lisa Harper is my FAVORITE

I love actually hearing one of my favorite authors read her own book in her own words. I love her laugh and the flow of the way she teaches. a definite must read yall.

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  • Natalia Reynolds
  • 05-04-2019

i was sad when it ended

I was sad when the story was over. But it ended well! With a verse I'm going to memorize. I am so glad that this book was narrated by its author. I appreciate one author narrates their own books. they know how they are saying what was written. Lisa Harper is such a genuine soul. I heard about her in an interview with Chrystal Evans Hurst. And I have been watching all of her YouTube videos since. this is a great story. It's a true story. and it's definitely worth the read. Or listen

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  • Regi
  • 02-03-2019

love Lisa harper

Lisa is a fantastic storyteller and person. she captures my heart each time I hear her speak and share the word of God.

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  • Linda
  • 17-01-2019

An entertaining and heart provoking read.

I would encourage anyone looking for happy to read this book and laugh along with Lisa as she shares humorous antidotes from her life.

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  • naynay
  • 06-08-2018

Happy!

Lisa does a great job of explaining happiness in God. Her life is a testimony!
#SelfDiscovery #FeelGood #Clever #Heartfelt #Inspiring #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2018

So good!! Loved it!

Lisa Harper has been one of my favorite Christian authors since I saw her several years ago at a Women of Faith conference. Her stories are captivating. I love the fact that she reads this books herself, I love her style! I laughed, I cried and said “Amen” many times as I listened! I love how she keeps the focus on the Word of God while sharing her real and sometimes raw life experiences!

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  • Wanderingwithapurpose
  • 15-02-2018

Inspirational

Having also adopted from Haiti I feel so many things that correlate to my life.

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  • Jessie
  • 05-05-2018

Loved this.

Loved every moment of this. Spoke to me at a fundamental level. The face that it was read by the author made it that much more special.

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  • olive
  • 18-01-2018

Real Soul Food

I don’t think I could ever tire of hearing the wise and encouraging words of this charming, warm and compassionate woman. A natural teacher, a caring Godly friend, she makes me laugh and she makes me cry while simultaneously drawing me closer and strengthening my relationship with Him, our loving Lord and saviour.
Thank you Lisa. From the bottom of my heart, thankyou.