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Happily (Book Review)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          While I have read this book and agree with most of what Kevin Thompson says, I have one condition I find missing: joy. And if I missed that part, I stand corrected. We are marked and called as believers within the body of Christ Jesus to put our hope and joy in His person.

          All other relationships are meaningless unless we find joy and peace within Jesus Christ. He said these words, "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:9, 11, New King James).

          And there it is! In a nutshell we are to put all of our being, all of our hope, all our joy onto Jesus who has gone to the Father, who prays non-stop on our behalf, so long as we "remain in Him." I don't think that would be very hard for two Christlike people in a marriage can do. Yes, every marriage will falter, even the best of marriages slip and shake up. One thing I have found in the nine years of marriage to my beautiful wife, Tanya, is that we have far more in common than we have not in common. We laugh, we love, we sing to each other, we pray for one another, and we cry when the other does as well.

          There's not one marriage that is perfect; not one. But they can be close to perfect as the Father above is perfect. But I digress. The attention is on Kevin Thompson's work on his book, Happily. Overall, I would say I am delighted that someone has stepped up to the plate to talk about marriage in a good, solid and biblical way. We ought to do this, if not daily, then when we can afford to. He is clear and plain spoken, and i find his advice he gives is as timeless as God's Word, the Bible, is. So, when I say I would definitely tell others about this book, I mean it, positively.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in the hopes of a fair and honest review of the book. I'm also a little late in posting up this review due to having had gallbladder surgery a bit earlier this month.