Hoping for Happiness

Turning Life's Most Elusive Feeling into Lasting Reality

Barnabas Piper & Randy Alcorn

A biblical framework for living a grounded, hopeful and genuinely happy life.

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Everyone wants to be happy, and we all pursue happiness in different ways. Some people are thrill-seekers; others are homebodies. Some people are loners; others love big families or communities. Some people express things creatively; others consume what is created. Some sing; others listen to music. Whatever we find happiness in, we are united by our desire for work that matters and relationships that fulfil.

As Christians, we often fall into the trap of basing our hopes on earthly things, even when we know they only make us happy for a short time. But how are we to experience happiness in this life? How do we avoid expecting too much of earthly things and being disappointed, or expecting too little and becoming cynics?

In this book, recovering cynic Barnabas Piper helps us to throw off both the unrealistic expectations that end in disappointment and the guilty sense that Christians are not meant to have fun. He shows how having a clear view of the reality of the fall and the promise of redemption frees us to live a life that's grounded, hopeful and genuinely happy.

Foreword by Randy Alcorn, best-selling author of many books, including Happiness and The Treasure Principle, and the director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.

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  • 1. The American Dream
  • 2. Expecting Too Little, Too Much, and Just Right
  • 3. Hanging Happiness on the Right Hooks
  • 4. We Live Cursed
  • 5. Deal in Reality
  • 6. Every Good and Perfect (and Fun) Gift
  • 7. In This Life There Will Be Trouble
  • 8. Don't Fear the Reaper
  • 9. Pleasures Now and Forevermore
  • 10. Happiness vs Holiness
  • 11. The Pleasure of the Promise
  • 12. Grounded Happiness
  • 13. Finding Happiness

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Author Barnabas Piper, Randy Alcorn
ISBN 9781784984755
Format Paperback
First published October 2020
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 8.4mm
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

We live in a sad time, among a people who are, it seems, divided between the downcast and the outraged. How, then, can one pursue happiness? That’s the question Barnabas Piper tackles in this book. With his skillful clarity and creativity (as always), Piper leads us to what it might mean to be a people surprised by joy and surprised to be happy at last. Read happily.

Russell Moore

President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Have you ever wondered if God actually cares if you are happy or not? In this book, , Barnabas walks us all through what happiness actually means and looks like. Don’t worry; it’s good news. And—spoiler alert—yes, God cares about our happiness!

Jamie Ivey

Author; Host, “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey” podcast

Who of us doesn’t want to be happy? But happiness is hard to find and hard to hold on to. Barnabas Piper’s new book, guides us gently away from frowning religiosity and away from giggly frivolity. Barnabas helps us toward Jesus, who overflows with happiness on offer to disappointed people who are trying to figure life out—which is every one of us.

Ray Ortlund

Renewal Ministries, Nashville

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