Have you ever tried reading a book that had a strong message and worthwhile intentions, but you just couldn’t get into it? That was the case for me with Dr. Larry Crabb’s new release, entitled “A Different Kind of Happiness: Discovering the Joy That Comes from Sacrificial Love”. Without question there are many jewels of wisdom found within the pages of this book, but at times the language feels so deep and lengthy that those gems are difficult to uncover. Perhaps a slow and thoughtful reading is what is needed, with plenty of time between chapters to ponder and consider the author’s message…
The purposes of this book, I believe, are many. The primary and overarching one, however, is delving into the description and action plan of walking through life on the narrow road, just as Jesus revealed to us in Matthew 7:13-14. The individual chapters of this book contain ideas that help to explain this truth, such as:
– “Who Am I?: Dr. Jekyll? Mr. Hyde? Both?”
– “Does Anyone Want to Be Happy, Like Jesus?”
– “The One Prayer God Always Answers”
– “Good News in Any Difficult Relationship or Circumstance”
Many other ideas also fill the pages of “A Different Kind of Happiness”. However, I’m honestly not sure I could tell you what they are because, quite simply, I found them difficult to discern and understand. I don’t usually have trouble understanding books of this kind, but in this case I did. If you are looking for an in-depth look at how to walk the narrow road of life, this book will likely fill your mind with many ideas to ponder and explore. In my case, I believe it was just not the right time for me to read it – but please know that I do not wish to detract from its potential value in any way. My best recommendation is that if the ideas mentioned above sound interesting to you, give “A Different Kind of Happiness” a try for yourself… it may be a book that will change the course of your life.
I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.