Champagne for the Soul: Celebrating God's Gift of Joy

Champagne for the Soul: Celebrating God's Gift of Joy

by Mike Mason
     
 

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You Can Be as Happy as You Make Up Your Mind to Be. If you were given the chance to be happy for the rest of your life, wouldn’t you jump at it? In Champagne for the Soul, best-selling author Mike Mason explains that the Bible does make this offer. Yet most of us hang back, reluctant and skeptical.
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You Can Be as Happy as You Make Up Your Mind to Be. If you were given the chance to be happy for the rest of your life, wouldn’t you jump at it? In Champagne for the Soul, best-selling author Mike Mason explains that the Bible does make this offer. Yet most of us hang back, reluctant and skeptical.
Theologically most Christians will agree that the Bible teaches and offers a life of joy, yet deep down we’re not convinced that such a life is practical—for us, or for any ordinary person. But, says Mason, such joy truly is ours to claim and embrace. What you now hold in your hands is a call to throw off all worries and complaints and to “come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21).
These pages, drawn from the author’s own 90-day experiment in actively pursuing joy, will lead you on a journey that will help you—no matter what your circumstances—to escape the traps of worry, fear, and dullness and grab hold of the joy of the Lord.

Author Biography: Mike Mason is the best-selling author of several books including The Mystery of Marriage, The Mystery of Children, The Gospel According to Job, and Practicing the Presence of People. He and his wife, Karen, an M.D. in general practice, live in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, with their teenage daughter, Heather. A full-time author for twenty years, Mike is currently working on a children’s novel.

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By his own admission, Mason (The Mystery of Children) isn't a happy person by nature. A recovering alcoholic who had lived most of his life in a state of anxious, borderline depression, Mason realized that a lingering, low-grade melancholy was his last line of defense against the love of God. In this 90-day experiment, he sets out to see if he can "break my addiction to the cheap wine of melancholy... [and] seek champagne for the soul." His 90 short essays, each prefaced by a verse from Scripture about joy, chronicle his quest to find the happiness buried in the ordinary world of laundry to be done, errands to be run, meetings to attend and the general muck and mire of the human condition. Over the course of his experiment Mason discovers simple truths about joy: to find it you must discover a solid sense of identity, face crippling fears, offer thanks when you don't feel like it and try something new. Metaphors abound, and his passion is infectious as he helps demystify joy for the reader. At the end of his experiment, Mason finds that the deepest joys come out of the blue for no discernible reason, because "God Himself is all goodness and all rightness and because the depths of His joy surpass all understanding." Christians of all denominations will be inspired to sample this foamy elixir, sipping from its wisdom slowly and finding fresh ways to discover joy in everyday circumstances. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781578566921
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/20/2003
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.76(d)

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