Review by Natalie McNee
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.
Lisa Harper’s latest release “The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God brings to a Wounded World” is an enjoyable and thought provoking read. It had me laughing out loud at some of her life stories and nodding my head in agreement at her less-than-savoury choices in the dating department. But most of all the book made me question my own life and emotional choices and often I would stop and ask the question, “Am I happy?”
Miss Harper is a wonderful storyteller who expertly unfolds scripture verses to reveal their true meanings. The teachings are not super spiritual or heavy but are easy to understand and make for good practical application into one’s own life. Each chapter ends with question prompts allowing the reader time for reflection.
There are only two niggly issues about the book – the first being the formatting of the e-book (which is not Miss Harper’s fault but that of the publishing house) which had headings directly under the paragraphs with no clear breaks and the sizing of the fonts were distracting. I was also disappointed at the ending; I felt that it ended abruptly and it left me expecting and wanting more.
This book is suited to all Christians, but I would say more so to Mothers as they will be able to relate to the stories Miss Harper shares. I still highly recommend this book if not for making you take stock of your own happiness then for its message - that God is a happy God who has a sense of humour, He is utterly delighted and happy with us and with our eyes fixed on Him we can have our cake and eat it too!
I was given an advanced copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
As a mother to a tween and a toddler, Natalie McNee gets the best of both tantrum worlds. Her only escape is to turn the crazy stories and dialogues in her head into exciting children’s books. She is married to a bouncer, so you don’t want to mess with her, okay, he’s really a big teddy bear but don’t tell anyone or you’ll blow his cover! Natalie is the author of WATER FOR AFRICA (Dynamo Publishers, November 2017), WHERE ARE SHAYLA’S SOCKS? (Porch Time Publishing, 2018), and NATASHA ROSE MYSTERIES (Dynamo Publishers, 2018. Visit her online at Facebook.com/NatalieMcneeBooks or on Twitter @NatalieMcNee.