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The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World (vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: David Murray (Tekijä)

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"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"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World
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It's tough to be happy, even in a time and place where a lot of people have relatively more peace, more wealth, and more freedom than ever. We live in a world where, thanks to the 24 hour news cycle, we can be bombarded by bad news literally all the time. Time or distance no longer separate us from the pain of the world at large, which is great if we can pray and even physically lend a hand, but can also lead to sense of hopelessness as images of catastrophe and injustice come to us from all over the world. Even without that, there's our own brains that start to work against us, trained from a young age to critique and pick out the bad and set about the project of correcting it, it's not always easy for us to zoom in on the good in any situation. In our daily race against the clock to accomplish all the things on our to do list before another day is lost, it's all too easy to get down and depressed about all the things we're not doing and all the less than ideal situations we can't fix until pessimism is always the order of the day. Murray observes all this in The Happy Christian and then gets down to applying gospel truths and modern positive psychology in a series of "formulas" meant to help us escape from the downward spiral of hopelessness it's too easy to get trapped in.

Murray's decision to marry up psychology with biblical teaching is an interesting and effective one. Murray's chapters are filled with the scientific value of optimism, prescriptions for how much negativity can be mixed with positivity to still live a hopeful, happy life, and scientific evidence for the daily practice of more positive habits that can be exercised by Christians in conjunction with their faith. In the course of it all, Murray makes a good case for how modern positive psychology is is right in line with God's will and promise for our lives.

Though I appreciated the psychology aspect, I was much more in tune with the chapters that leaned more on biblical teaching. The chapter about our daily duel with our to-do lists that always ends in disappointment was cast in a different light when Murray reminds readers that Jesus's work, the hardest and most important, is already done. Additionally, the chapter about taking more joy in our work by doing everything with passion and honesty to the glory of God, and how that can give meaning and purpose to even the most insignificant of jobs, really hit home. Murray even closes with a very prescient topic for this day and age: diversity. In this chapter he makes a great case for God's desire to reach all nations and for how diversifying our communities and our churches is key in future joy as we each stand to reap the benefits of plugging in every race and culture's strengths into a united church.

On the whole, I was impressed and encouraged by Murray's book and came away with some great insights. Additionally, I was impressed that Murray, in addition to providing solid reasoning and theology, took the next step and provided readers of The Happy Christian with practical and often biblical ways to start introducing more hope and positivity into our lives, a practical aspect missing from too many Christian books. I'd encourage anybody who is wondering why happiness seems to be a little too hard to hold onto, to give Murray's book a read and hope that it changes your perspective the way it changed mine.

Whatever you will complete or not today, rest in the only work that will never need to be done again. Rest in the fact that Jesus has done the most impossible job in the world, done it perfectly, and made it available. Take it. Enjoy it. Build your life on it. Let it change your whole view of your life and work. Use His work to put your work in perspective. Believe His work is counted as yours. Despite all that you fear and dread about the next ten hours - a critical boss, a vicious competitor, a looming deadline, a complaining customer, an impossible sales target, unrelenting children, monotonous drudge - you have Christ's perfect work credited to your account. Yes, it is counted as yours, as if you did it. Are you humble enough to receive it? ( )
  yourotherleft | Sep 2, 2015 |
I have to admit I was highly skeptical when I read the title, The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World, the forthcoming book by David Murray. However, I enjoyed his last book, Jesus on Every Page. You can read my review here. I am also a frequent reader or Murray’s blog. Based on his previous writing I assumed there had to be something more to the book than just another Jesus is just my fix-it man to solve all my issues. So when Murray’s assistant asked if I would like to review a pre-pub copy I responded with a yes.

“Christianity does not deny the difficult and painful reality of and suffering that runs through our lives, but with one vertical line form heaven to earth, with the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, Christianity promises to change the equation of our lives into a positive result.”

I was not disappointed. In The Happy Christian, Murray has created a great balance between science, psychology and the work of the Holy Spirit. Too often well meaning Christian authors tend to make everything a 10 step do it yourself program. Murray gives well researched science but he also makes it clear that ultimately it is the work of God via His spirit that brings about true happiness in this life.

“A positive faith produces a positive life; a negative faith, a negative life.”

“… the key is individual Christians and the Christian church repositioning the positive symbol of the Christian faith, the cross of Jesus Christ, at the center of their faith again.”

“Our thoughts can be changed, even if our circumstances can’t.”

“In the Christian life, forward looks should outweigh backward looks because no matter how wonderful the past has been, the best is yet to be.”

“Christian hope is a realistic expectation of and joyful longing for future good and glory baed on the reliable Word of God.”

Throughout the book the author identifies the causes of negative thought and unhappiness and outlines ten biblical and practical action steps to become the happy Christian God has called us too. Murray starts off with the massive problem of negative media that bombards us every day. Rarely do we hear the wonderful stories of people blessing one another; instead all we hear is about the robberies, rapes and murders. Even the top movies are filled with death and destruction. Eventually all these negative scenes begin to effect how we feel. The author is clear that we should be aware of what is going in our communities but we can do so without the full blown gory details. Just a change from negative to positive information that we feed on can go a long way toward becoming a happy Christian.

Murray then works his way through the impact of our salvation, benefits of praise, a positive view of work and giving. These are just a few of the chapters where Murray walks the reader through making the change to a more happy life. He makes it clear that our circumstances will be rough in this fallen world but with our positive action and the finishing work of God we can find the joy of the Lord that is our strength.

I would recommend this book to anyone needing a better Biblical understanding of how to live a more happy life. Sadly there are a lot of so-called Christian books on being happy that fail to maintain correct theology. In this regard David Murray’s book fills a great void. ( )
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"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"--

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