How Happiness Happens
In a world searching for happiness, bestselling author Max Lucado provides a personal plan for a life filled with lasting and fulfilling joy, supported by Jesus’ teaching and modern research.Do you feel happy?How long has it been since you felt a level of contagious, infectious, unflappable, unstoppable happiness? Maybe your answer is, “All the time.” If so, God bless you! (And consider suggesting this book to someone who needs it.) For many of us the answer is, “Well, it’s been a while. I used to be happy, but then life took its toll.”Only one-third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. How can this be? Education is accessible to most. We’ve made advancements in everything from medicine to technology, yet 66 percent of us can’t find an adequate reason to check the “yes” box on the happiness questionnaire.Worldwide, people profess that happiness is their most cherished goal. Marketers get this. “Want to be happy?” they ask. Eat at this restaurant, drive this car, wear this dress. Happiness happens when you lose the weight, get the date, find the mate, or discover your fate. It’s wide, this way to happiness. Yet, for all its promise, it delivers a fragile joy; here one day, tomorrow scattered by the winds of comparison, disappointment, or unmet expectations.Max writes, “There is another option. It requires no credit card, monthly mortgage, or stroke of fortune. Age and ethnicity aren’t factors...an unexpected door to joy.” In this book Max shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, How Happiness Happens presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.  Also available in Spanish.

How Happiness Happens Details

TitleHow Happiness Happens
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780718096137
Rating
GenreChristian, Nonfiction, Self Help, Religion, Faith, Health

How Happiness Happens Review

  • Polly Anna Watson
    January 1, 1970
    As a woman of JOY, I study any and everything I can get my hands on that is #joy related. The fact that this book is by Max Lucado is an added bonus. 😊 As a woman of #joy, I attempt to practice much of what Max talks about. Confession: I get incredibly discouraged when the people I encourage act as if it means nothing to them. I know that's not the point. It's just how I feel. I need to encourage others regardless of what happens, of the response of the person or persons. Max's book is a great r As a woman of JOY, I study any and everything I can get my hands on that is #joy related. The fact that this book is by Max Lucado is an added bonus. 😊 As a woman of #joy, I attempt to practice much of what Max talks about. Confession: I get incredibly discouraged when the people I encourage act as if it means nothing to them. I know that's not the point. It's just how I feel. I need to encourage others regardless of what happens, of the response of the person or persons. Max's book is a great reminder of that. I simply need to stay the course. I know what God says. That is my guidebook. My authority. The only "response" I need. Right?Of course, right.I can't wait to read the rest of the book and complete the Bible Study. I was given an advance copy of the book (5 chapters) to review. Thank you. 😊 #JOYismyjam
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  • Jeanne Gielczyk Ridderman
    January 1, 1970
    I just read the first 5 chapters of this new book as I am on the launch team. This book is amazing and so easy to read. A must for everyone no matter what stage of your life journey you are on. I love Max Lucado and his easy to understand books. I can't to read the rest of the book. I am so glad I preordered this book.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I have been blessed to be a part of an advance reading of the first chapters and they have definitely caught my attention. I've struggled with recapturing my joy after my life took some major upheavals over the past few years. I LOVE this book and look forward to finding my "happy place" again. My favorite quote so far is "Happiness happens when you give". Max is an amazing author and really touches peoples' hearts and lives with his writing. I can't wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive so I c I have been blessed to be a part of an advance reading of the first chapters and they have definitely caught my attention. I've struggled with recapturing my joy after my life took some major upheavals over the past few years. I LOVE this book and look forward to finding my "happy place" again. My favorite quote so far is "Happiness happens when you give". Max is an amazing author and really touches peoples' hearts and lives with his writing. I can't wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive so I can read the entire book and let my happiness happen.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    I have been struggling a little lately - burned out, little down, tired of the same old things. This book did not necessarily tell me anything I didn’t know but Lucado has a way of putting stories, Scripture, and reminders together so clearly that my eyes are opened. I’m not committing to 100 people, but I am committing to put these things into practice with people. Just taking myself from the center already has me feeling better.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Max Lucado doesn't disappoint with this book. It's written in his friendly, down to earth style. You can almost picture him sitting next to you talking. He uses the Bible as well as personal experiences to show the reader how to have more happiness. Each chapter is devoted to a different step that you can put into practice. None are hard to do, they just require a small shift in your thinking. The basic premise is that happiness happens when we give it away. One small thing can make somebody's d Max Lucado doesn't disappoint with this book. It's written in his friendly, down to earth style. You can almost picture him sitting next to you talking. He uses the Bible as well as personal experiences to show the reader how to have more happiness. Each chapter is devoted to a different step that you can put into practice. None are hard to do, they just require a small shift in your thinking. The basic premise is that happiness happens when we give it away. One small thing can make somebody's day brighter. I was able to read the first five chapters and I can't wait to read the rest.I've preordered the book.. In the meantime I can put what I've read into practice and spread a little bit of happiness.
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  • Sara Wise
    January 1, 1970
    ** “Happiness happens when we give it away.” **In this age of depression, self-centeredness, anxiety and self-promotion, we often find it hard to find true happiness. In Max Lucado’s latest book, “How Happiness Happens,” he shares ways to attain happiness in our life.In his typical fashion, using simple, biblical explanations and common, relatable situations, Lucado reminds us the key to happiness is seeing beyond ourselves. Using both what the Bible teaches as well as what research affirms, he ** “Happiness happens when we give it away.” **In this age of depression, self-centeredness, anxiety and self-promotion, we often find it hard to find true happiness. In Max Lucado’s latest book, “How Happiness Happens,” he shares ways to attain happiness in our life.In his typical fashion, using simple, biblical explanations and common, relatable situations, Lucado reminds us the key to happiness is seeing beyond ourselves. Using both what the Bible teaches as well as what research affirms, he encourages us to learn how to love one another and that the greatest joys come from helping others.Quoting scripture, he offers many practical principles, including the “one another” principles for making happiness happen.Other areas he covers within the first five chapters, the portion I was given to review, include encouragement; overcoming pet peeves with patience and bearing with one another; overcoming self-promotion by learning to focus on others and rejoice with those who rejoice; and the importance of greeting one another.He shows us the act of greeting each other shows respect and is an unselfish act. “A greeting in its purest sense is a gesture of goodwill,” Lucado writes. And he reminds us that when we greet others with love and compassion, we are greeting Jesus.Due out Sept. 17, “How Happiness Happens” is a delightfully refreshing book that eases the reader onto the path toward happiness.And we all know the world could use more of that! I know I can't wait to read the rest of the book!Five stars out of five. The author and his publisher, Thomas Nelson, provided a complimentary copy of the book’s first five chapters for my honest, unbiased review.
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  • Steph Turner
    January 1, 1970
    Just read the first 5 chapters and have loved it. Waiting for the book to come out in September.
  • Kristie Gorman
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading the first 5 chapters of this book and I cannot wait to read the rest! I have already preordered the book and am so excited for it to get here. I am a new fan of Max Lucado and wasn’t sure what to expect. As someone who has recently dealt with a lot of darkness and painful life experiences this book offers a breath of hope. I loved reading about different ways to look at small things and still see happiness. I enjoyed the references to biblical passages and bible stories a I just finished reading the first 5 chapters of this book and I cannot wait to read the rest! I have already preordered the book and am so excited for it to get here. I am a new fan of Max Lucado and wasn’t sure what to expect. As someone who has recently dealt with a lot of darkness and painful life experiences this book offers a breath of hope. I loved reading about different ways to look at small things and still see happiness. I enjoyed the references to biblical passages and bible stories as this is not a genre I have followed much in the past. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this book has to say because we can all use a little happiness in our lives.
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  • Dorothy
    January 1, 1970
    Max Lucado has a gift for writing books that combine biblical wisdom, true stories, and humor. This makes them practical, readable and relatable to today's life style. The basic premise of this book is simple and familiar: if you wish to be happy (or more accurately for Christians, joyful) you have to put others first. There is no promise, neither from God in His Word nor from the world, that we will always be happy. But there is joy in abundance through Jesus. This book is divided into sections Max Lucado has a gift for writing books that combine biblical wisdom, true stories, and humor. This makes them practical, readable and relatable to today's life style. The basic premise of this book is simple and familiar: if you wish to be happy (or more accurately for Christians, joyful) you have to put others first. There is no promise, neither from God in His Word nor from the world, that we will always be happy. But there is joy in abundance through Jesus. This book is divided into sections that are each based on scripture, and in the back are discussion or thought-provoking questions for each chapter. I found these to be well-done. Finally is a challenge from Max. I recommend this book for those who want to find a way to look outside themselves and find the true joy we can expect.I received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Eileen Bruno
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to be part of group to read and review the first five chapters of this book. As with all Lucado’s books, scripture and daily applications are explained simply and practically. There is humbleness in this book’s explanations and suggestions for serving others in order to bring joy and happiness to everyday living and to expand that hope to the world. I am excited to read the rest of the book, so I purchased the book in advance. This is a “lessons for living” book to read over and over I was lucky to be part of group to read and review the first five chapters of this book. As with all Lucado’s books, scripture and daily applications are explained simply and practically. There is humbleness in this book’s explanations and suggestions for serving others in order to bring joy and happiness to everyday living and to expand that hope to the world. I am excited to read the rest of the book, so I purchased the book in advance. This is a “lessons for living” book to read over and over again.
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  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so incredibly appealing. I was lucky enough to be apart of the launch team for this book and was given the opportunity to read the first 5 chapters and I was so captivated by it. I read the first 5 chapters in just over an hour (which I haven't done in a long time). The chapters were so easy to read and flowed so well. I love that scripture was brought into it and that the ways in which we find happiness were really related to Jesus and the actions that he brought to us. These actio This book is so incredibly appealing. I was lucky enough to be apart of the launch team for this book and was given the opportunity to read the first 5 chapters and I was so captivated by it. I read the first 5 chapters in just over an hour (which I haven't done in a long time). The chapters were so easy to read and flowed so well. I love that scripture was brought into it and that the ways in which we find happiness were really related to Jesus and the actions that he brought to us. These actions are so easily forgotten in the world we live in, but such simple and effective ways to really bring happiness back into our lives. I love that I could relate to every chapter and that I really felt moved by each point that Max Lucado made. I thought about all the situations in which I was letting things get in the way of my happiness and the incredible ways that I could change that while not only bringing happiness to others but to myself. I used to be very good at lifting others up and just being happy, but somewhere along the line I got side tracked. I was pulled into how "good" it felt to vent and to complain about something. Until recently it no longer did feel good and I realized I was becoming this extremely negative person. I have done a lot this past year to really build up more happiness and get back to that bubbly, care free person I once was. The book sounded interesting from the get go, but I wasn't 100% sure what to expect when I started reading.But, this morning when I started reading, I found that the book brought me a lot of joy. I was able to relate the joy to my faith and to really think about the person that I want to be and that person is a happy one. I want to lift others up, I want to encourage my family and friends and strangers too and really give them something to smile about. I don't just want to boast self-promotion (which I feel so many of us get lost in because of social media). I want to be joyful, not to show off how joyful I am but to really bring joy to others. I am very excited to pre-order and continue reading this book when it releases and I absolutely recommend this book to others who are looking to really be happy by doing and spreading joy.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Would you say that you are a happy person? What makes you happy? According to Max Lucado in his latest book, How Happiness Happens, “only one- third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. In the nine- year history of the Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness, the highest index was 35 percent. This means a cloud of perpetual grayness overshadows two out of three people.” In America, the land of opportunity, there are so many who are unhappy. Why is that, and how can we make happiness happ Would you say that you are a happy person? What makes you happy? According to Max Lucado in his latest book, How Happiness Happens, “only one- third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. In the nine- year history of the Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness, the highest index was 35 percent. This means a cloud of perpetual grayness overshadows two out of three people.” In America, the land of opportunity, there are so many who are unhappy. Why is that, and how can we make happiness happen?Max Lucado explains that we are all seeking happiness, but many are seeking it the wrong way. People often look to things such as material possessions or affirmation on social media to make them feel happy and worthy. Instead, we should be looking at how we could bless others. “The words of Jesus are spot- on: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 22:35). Because when you do, it has a boomerang effect. Happiness happens when we give it away.” I will be honest. I’m just as selfish as the next person. I try to make myself happy with retail therapy sometimes, look for those likes on social media, and see how many views I have on this blog. But that temporary high does not bring true happiness, while blessing a neighbor changes my life and theirs.Another recommendation that Lucado gives to make happiness happen is to “give the gift that God loves to give: the gift of encouragement”. Send a card, send an e-mail, greet someone with a smile and words of kindness, and really listen to others. It’s so easy to do, but not often our first step when trying to seek happiness.How Happiness Happens is a guide book encouraging one to seek God and bless others in order to truly find happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I am excited for the book to release in September!I received a preview of this book (the first five chapters) from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Amanda Osenga
    January 1, 1970
    Max Lucado has done it again. This is truly a delightful and timely book. The social media world has set up millions of people for disappointment. Depression rates and dissatisfaction are an all-time high across the world. How Happiness Happens may sound a bit trite at first but it's so very rich and needed today.Lucado has recognized this pain and tapped into something so beautiful. He uses the perfect combination of personal stories, examples from Scripture, and personal inspiration. I love th Max Lucado has done it again. This is truly a delightful and timely book. The social media world has set up millions of people for disappointment. Depression rates and dissatisfaction are an all-time high across the world. How Happiness Happens may sound a bit trite at first but it's so very rich and needed today.Lucado has recognized this pain and tapped into something so beautiful. He uses the perfect combination of personal stories, examples from Scripture, and personal inspiration. I love the personal encouragement and support to help us spread happiness and find it in our own lives. Throughout the book, he shares wonderful ideas and prompts us to do all we can to let happiness happen. My personal favorite chapter is "Don't Pet the Peeves." It made me laugh and was thought-provoking at the same time about my own pet peeves and things that tend to irritate me and others. I highly recommend this book, it will be one you mark up and walk away with lots of ideas from!I was given the first 5 chapters in digital form to read and share my honest thoughts with you. I plan to get the full version to enjoy and will update my review then.
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  • DONNA Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Max Lucado brings us a much needed and refreshing book - this time on happiness. After finishing the first five chapters of an advance copy, I am anxious to read the rest! About 25 years ago, someone challenged me to study the "one anothers" of the New Testament. I did and it was quite an eye-opening and spirit-lifting experience. I discovered that Bible says a lot about what to GIVE to others and virtually nothing about what to get from anyone besides Him. Max takes that study to a Once again, Max Lucado brings us a much needed and refreshing book - this time on happiness. After finishing the first five chapters of an advance copy, I am anxious to read the rest! About 25 years ago, someone challenged me to study the "one anothers" of the New Testament. I did and it was quite an eye-opening and spirit-lifting experience. I discovered that Bible says a lot about what to GIVE to others and virtually nothing about what to get from anyone besides Him. Max takes that study to a new level. In his usual style, he blends storytelling with Biblical truth in a very inspiring and practical style. He zeros in on 10 of the "one anothers" and delves into what they mean. He relates success stories of putting the "one anothers" into practice and how it can touch so many lives. He shows how Jesus displayed all of those qualities for us to see. Very inspiring! Would recommend it to everyone!
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    I was blessed with the chance to read just the first five chapters as part of the book launch team, and am so excited to read the rest of the book when released. I had the book pre-ordered even before being accepted to the launch team. I knew that if it was a Max book, it would be awesome. I do believe this one quickly became one of my favorites. It's classic Max with Godly Truth mixed with amazing insight & hilarious humor. My favorite chapter so far was on "Pet Peeves", after all, we all h I was blessed with the chance to read just the first five chapters as part of the book launch team, and am so excited to read the rest of the book when released. I had the book pre-ordered even before being accepted to the launch team. I knew that if it was a Max book, it would be awesome. I do believe this one quickly became one of my favorites. It's classic Max with Godly Truth mixed with amazing insight & hilarious humor. My favorite chapter so far was on "Pet Peeves", after all, we all have them, right?!"What pets your peeve?""Joy is such a precious commodity. Why squander it on a quibble?""Every pet peeve writes a check on our joy account.""Irks come with life, but they need not diminish life.""Happiness is less an emotion and more a decision...to bear with one another."These are just a few of many of my "highlights" that touched my heart.I can't wait to read the rest of the book and highly recommend the pre-order.
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  • Emily P
    January 1, 1970
    "Happiness happens when we give it away." Max Lucado always finds the simplest ways to remind us of what a little joy can do. "How Happiness Happens" is a guide to loving those around you better, even if you'll only have today to speak joy into that moment. Lucado does an amazing job of bringing the reader close, as if you're hearing things for the first time. This is especially relevant and applicable to "How Happiness Happens." If you're tired of all the sadness and discomfort in this world, t "Happiness happens when we give it away." Max Lucado always finds the simplest ways to remind us of what a little joy can do. "How Happiness Happens" is a guide to loving those around you better, even if you'll only have today to speak joy into that moment. Lucado does an amazing job of bringing the reader close, as if you're hearing things for the first time. This is especially relevant and applicable to "How Happiness Happens." If you're tired of all the sadness and discomfort in this world, try to look outside yourself and do your part to make the world more joyful to walk in. Lucado offers concrete, real world examples with Scriptural supports to remind us why choosing joy is always the best choice!I enjoyed the first five chapters of this book, as I was an early reader, thanks to Thomas Nelson. All opinions are my own.
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  • Donna Duran
    January 1, 1970
    I was delighted to receive an advance of the first 5 chapters of this book. I devoured them. I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the book which is pre-ordered but I have to wait too long (in my opinion-I want to read the rest NOW) for the book to officially be launched. Max Lucado is a glorious story teller. He brings the Bible to life as he shares stories about ways to have true happiness in your life. His teachings brought tears to my eyes. I found this odd, but beautiful, on a book about happin I was delighted to receive an advance of the first 5 chapters of this book. I devoured them. I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the book which is pre-ordered but I have to wait too long (in my opinion-I want to read the rest NOW) for the book to officially be launched. Max Lucado is a glorious story teller. He brings the Bible to life as he shares stories about ways to have true happiness in your life. His teachings brought tears to my eyes. I found this odd, but beautiful, on a book about happiness.I already have a list of three people I will share this book with. Just wondering how many more I will want to share this with after I finish the book. Spending my days not losing ping pong balls to bring happiness to my life.
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  • Denise Williams
    January 1, 1970
    You can never go wrong with Max Lucado! This book breaks it down into simple terms on finding that happiness. Each chapter is another step and information on what the Bible says about how to be happy. Max uses his personal life to show us how to be happy. Everyday in this world there are many things trying to bring us down, we have to make that decision to be the good and peacefulness people need. In the book, Max describes the man in the movie theatre being annoying until Max makes up his mind You can never go wrong with Max Lucado! This book breaks it down into simple terms on finding that happiness. Each chapter is another step and information on what the Bible says about how to be happy. Max uses his personal life to show us how to be happy. Everyday in this world there are many things trying to bring us down, we have to make that decision to be the good and peacefulness people need. In the book, Max describes the man in the movie theatre being annoying until Max makes up his mind to not be annoyed, and finds joy in the mans actions. This is for you, the discourages, depressed, and forgotten. God may just be using this book to remind you, you are special and you are loved! This is for you, the leaders, the teachers, and the devout church goers. Use this book as a guide to better yourself, your church, your community, and our world. It just takes one to start a difference!
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  • Jem Renee Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    I was given the first five chapters to read and I have to say that so far this is one of my favorite books by Max Lucado and I have preordered. So many happiness books want to make it seem like if you aren't following their guidelines you won't be happy. Or make it seem like if you are having problems, then you aren't the Christian you say you are. They make it seem like everything will be fine and worry free when you accept Jesus. Max says in the book, "This is no call to naivete or superficial I was given the first five chapters to read and I have to say that so far this is one of my favorite books by Max Lucado and I have preordered. So many happiness books want to make it seem like if you aren't following their guidelines you won't be happy. Or make it seem like if you are having problems, then you aren't the Christian you say you are. They make it seem like everything will be fine and worry free when you accept Jesus. Max says in the book, "This is no call to naivete or superficial happy talk. Jesus spoke candidly about sin, death, and the needs of the human heart. Yet He did so with hope." That's what I believe you will find in the pages of this book. Hope. But not hope in Max. Hope in Jesus.
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  • Nancy Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    Max's personal stories and down home writing are so relatable that you quickly believe and then realize happiness can happen! Who among us doesn't want to be happy...in the best and even worst of times? As a new widow of 7 months trying to find some form of happiness...I found practical advice that is so sensible it works! "Happiness happens when we give it away" ....after reading the first five chapters I have to say "giving it away" has brought a lot of healing! Such a Blessing! I have pre Max's personal stories and down home writing are so relatable that you quickly believe and then realize happiness can happen! Who among us doesn't want to be happy...in the best and even worst of times? As a new widow of 7 months trying to find some form of happiness...I found practical advice that is so sensible it works! "Happiness happens when we give it away" ....after reading the first five chapters I have to say "giving it away" has brought a lot of healing! Such a Blessing! I have preordered the book and am truly looking forward to reading it in its entirety!
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  • Brett
    January 1, 1970
    This is a review of the first five chapters only, since the book has not yet been released. Lucado has a gift for walking readers through deep waters while they believed they were just wetting their feet in the surf. So many people have a gross misunderstanding of happiness and joy. Lucado does a great job of encouraging the reader to joyfully make it his or her goal in Christ not to be happy, necessarily, but to share happiness. Sharing happiness, in turn, boosts one's own demeanor. Eager to re This is a review of the first five chapters only, since the book has not yet been released. Lucado has a gift for walking readers through deep waters while they believed they were just wetting their feet in the surf. So many people have a gross misunderstanding of happiness and joy. Lucado does a great job of encouraging the reader to joyfully make it his or her goal in Christ not to be happy, necessarily, but to share happiness. Sharing happiness, in turn, boosts one's own demeanor. Eager to read the rest of this book, and I'm planning ways to boost the happiness of others around me.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I was given the great privilege of reading the first five chapters of this book. I thought that maybe I would take a few days to read the chapters, but I found myself reading the first five chapters so quickly because it was THAT GOOD! I can not wait until the actual release of this book so I can finish what I started. I was able to pre-order the book with a great deal during Amazon's Prime Days (my first time participating!) so I am just counting down the days. I highly recommend this book. Eve I was given the great privilege of reading the first five chapters of this book. I thought that maybe I would take a few days to read the chapters, but I found myself reading the first five chapters so quickly because it was THAT GOOD! I can not wait until the actual release of this book so I can finish what I started. I was able to pre-order the book with a great deal during Amazon's Prime Days (my first time participating!) so I am just counting down the days. I highly recommend this book. Even with only reading the first five chapters, I know the book as a whole will be great!
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    This book couldn’t have come at a better time. I received an advanced copy of the first five chapters and now I can’t wait to read the rest of the book. Being in a huge transition in my life has caused me to lose my spark. This book is not only bringing happiness by just reading it but helping me create my own in my every day interactions. Max Lucado has always been a favorite of mine, and he does not disappoint with this book. Find ways every day to spread happiness and you’ll be rewarded with This book couldn’t have come at a better time. I received an advanced copy of the first five chapters and now I can’t wait to read the rest of the book. Being in a huge transition in my life has caused me to lose my spark. This book is not only bringing happiness by just reading it but helping me create my own in my every day interactions. Max Lucado has always been a favorite of mine, and he does not disappoint with this book. Find ways every day to spread happiness and you’ll be rewarded with the same in return.
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  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    Solid Pointers, Regardless of Philosophy. This is a partial review based on the first 5 chapters of this text being provided by the publisher. Here, one of the icons of my childhood, Max Lucado, takes on the topic "how can I be happy?". And regardless of your particular belief system, he makes some really great points. Yes, the man has been a preacher most of my life if not longer. His first book was published when I was just 6 yrs old and learning to read, and his style really hasn't changed in Solid Pointers, Regardless of Philosophy. This is a partial review based on the first 5 chapters of this text being provided by the publisher. Here, one of the icons of my childhood, Max Lucado, takes on the topic "how can I be happy?". And regardless of your particular belief system, he makes some really great points. Yes, the man has been a preacher most of my life if not longer. His first book was published when I was just 6 yrs old and learning to read, and his style really hasn't changed in all that time. And honestly, that is one of the things that makes him so great. His style is very conversational and quite funny, and that makes any of his books - this one certainly included - very easy reads.And yet, it is exactly that approach that gets him 4 stars here. Why? Because I *need* to see the back half of the book to see exactly where between 3 and 5 stars this text will ultimately land. With what he has laid out in the beginning of this book, combined with the titles for the back half that I don't yet have access to, this book could go anywhere from mind blowing to just run of the mill Lucado (which, again, is still great - particularly in regards to how easy it is to read his books). Based on what I know of him from reading his books for literally most of the time I've had the ability to read and of his situation from having grown up in the same types of circles he has lived in throughout my life, I *expect* Lucado to play it a bit safe in that back half. He likely isn't going to say anything that will get too many people too angry either direction. What he likely says will be theologically orthodox, but verbally kind - that is pretty much Lucado in a nutshell. But man, if he does the unexpected and actually takes some bold-for-his-age-and-position stances... it could be revolutionary.A pessimist will find several faults here, chief among them the continued use of proof texting, and likely hit that 3* ranking.An optimist is going to see how readable this text is and how refreshing its message is and likely hit it with the 5*.This realist could agree with both of them and really needs more information to make a more sound judgement, so the 4* feels like the right option at least for now.Excellent work, and it truly is an honor to be able to ARC a book from one of my childhood literary heroes.
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  • Jodie Skanderson
    January 1, 1970
    Who couldn’t use a little more happiness? I know I could. How do you get a real and lasting happiness? It’s a question I’ve asked myself before. This book gives wonderful examples and ways to do just that. As always, Max Lucado writes in a way that pulls you into his storytelling and you find it hard to put the book down. I was given an advanced copy of the first 5 chapters and can’t wait until September for its release to finish it. This is a book I can see myself coming back to read again and Who couldn’t use a little more happiness? I know I could. How do you get a real and lasting happiness? It’s a question I’ve asked myself before. This book gives wonderful examples and ways to do just that. As always, Max Lucado writes in a way that pulls you into his storytelling and you find it hard to put the book down. I was given an advanced copy of the first 5 chapters and can’t wait until September for its release to finish it. This is a book I can see myself coming back to read again and again.
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  • Kelly Catlett
    January 1, 1970
    I was given advanced reader copy of the first five chapters of this wonderful new book by Max Lucado. I can't wait for the release in its entirety in September!
  • Janis
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading Max Lucado’s books, and this one was not an exception. He gives ideas on how happiness happens because of “ one another” actions such as love one another, forgive one another and encouraging one another. Interspersed among these ideas are his unique perspective and awesome humor. Max, you did it again!
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  • Leanna Hagen
    January 1, 1970
    This book has transformed my marriage relationship as well as my definition of "happiness!" I have finished reading the first five chapters, and cannot wait to complete the rest of the book! If you have ever questioned how others around you can be so joyful in such a cruel and harsh world, you need to grab a copy of this magnificent book! Max Lucado's brief chapters speak volumes about the many different things that tend to steal our happiness rather than spread it around and the importance of " This book has transformed my marriage relationship as well as my definition of "happiness!" I have finished reading the first five chapters, and cannot wait to complete the rest of the book! If you have ever questioned how others around you can be so joyful in such a cruel and harsh world, you need to grab a copy of this magnificent book! Max Lucado's brief chapters speak volumes about the many different things that tend to steal our happiness rather than spread it around and the importance of "bearing with one another" - deciding to FILL our basket of ping pong balls rather than throwing them away because of "pet peeves." Your definition of "happiness" will never be the same after reading this incredible book! You can pre-order, as I did, through your favorite distributor.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    I have read the first 5 chapters of How Happiness Happens and I am once again blown away at how Max Lucado uses real personal experiences to explain the points he is wanting to convey. I can't wait to read the rest of this book! I have pre-ordered it and will be so excited to get it.
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  • Stan Stinson
    January 1, 1970
    If you've ever read anything by Max Lucado you know you will be encouraged. Max is an encourager, kind of like Barnabas, although I am not sure Barnabas was as good at telling stories as Max. His stories help you to remember the truths he is teaching and he is very good at what he does. Anyone simply seeing the title of this book, "How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations" would expect they are going to read about happiness and j If you've ever read anything by Max Lucado you know you will be encouraged. Max is an encourager, kind of like Barnabas, although I am not sure Barnabas was as good at telling stories as Max. His stories help you to remember the truths he is teaching and he is very good at what he does. Anyone simply seeing the title of this book, "How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations" would expect they are going to read about happiness and joy and be encouraged when they read it.This is not a spoiler, but this assessment would be true. I have read the first 5 chapters as part of the release team for this book and am looking forward to what comes next. The New Testament contains more than fifty “one another” statements, practical principles for making happiness happen. In this book Max has condensed this down into a Top Ten list, so to speak, and covers each of these statements with research, scripture and the stories that only Max can tell.I have pre-ordered my copy and encourage you (see what I did there?) to do the same. You will be encouraged and learn and be reminded of some things you probably already know, that, if practiced, will help happiness happen for you more often. If you are happy there is a pretty good chance you will share your happiness and joy with others and make the world, at least your little part of it, happier too.P.S. I reserve the right to change my rating to 5 stars once I finish the entire book.
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