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The Year of Living Happy by Alli Worthington is a wonderful devotional/gift book that will inspire any reader to discover what true happiness is. This book is simply beautiful. The cover art is lovely, the accent ribbon fits perfectly and the layout of each page is attractive. Each devotional entry tackles an aspect of happiness; How we are created to be happy, Holiness is equal to happiness, How to be Happy in a Hectic World, Building a Happy Life and more.
I recently listened to a podcast where Alli Worthington explained the thought process behind this book. This book was born out of a word that God gave her- a single word! She decided to go on a year-long journey to study happiness and write about it. She discovered that the Hebrew word for happiness and joy are actually the same, which led her to rethink the Biblical concept of joy. Many Christians shun the concept of happiness in exchange for joy, when actually they are the same thing! I never knew this, so it was refreshing to me as well!
I really loved how each devotional entry was so different. The book truly goes over each part of happiness, from spiritual concepts to practical applications. Every devotional is short, so it’s perfect for busy people! You’ll find a reflection question at the end of each entry and chapter for further application.
This book would make a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one!