Bill Giovannetti (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor of the rapidly growing Neighborhood Church in northern California and teaches seminary-level ministry and theology courses. His first book was How to Keep Your Inner Mess from Trashing Your Outer World. His articles appear in Stand Firm Magazine, Focus on the Family, In Touch, Leadership Journal, and other print and online publications. Bill and his family live in Redding, California. Learn more at www.maxgrace.com.
Secrets to a Happy Life: Finding Satisfaction in Any Situationby Bill Giovannetti
Deep, lasting satisfaction and contentment elude many people. In his accessible book, Giovannetti addresses this contemporary issue by guiding readers through the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis. He answers the question Is contentment possible? with a resounding yes./i>
Inspiring Biblical Wisdom Helps Readers Overcome Dissatisfaction and Discontent
Deep, lasting satisfaction and contentment elude many people. In his accessible book, Giovannetti addresses this contemporary issue by guiding readers through the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis. He answers the question Is contentment possible? with a resounding yes. Biblical wisdom and practical advice will help the reader find contentment in God rather than circumstances.
The author teaches at Tozer Theological Seminary and Simpson University as well as pastoring a church of more than 2,500.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book – a self-help list of ten secrets, twelve guides, four principals? Instead I found an intriguing study on the well-known story of Joseph (of Technicolor dreamcoat fame), and a wealth of naturally told lessons from the characters of the tale, and from present-day neighbors as well. It’s a Christian book, but the lessons are inspiring enough to apply to anyone – just substitute whatever you will for the God-part. Then see a historical youth grow through struggles and trials into a truly happy man. Can you be happy when family betray you, when employers let you down, when friends use you, when promises aren’t kept? Can you be happy when you’re the betrayer, living a life of guilt, or when you’ve let someone down? Can you be happy in an everyday life of uncertainty, where anything you trust in might be broken tomorrow? The answer is yes, if you let your happiness be dependent on something else, if you accept your own worthiness, trust something beyond the everyday, take a wider perspective and close the book on the past. There’s more to it than that, of course. There’s a fascinating story to be told, with lots of wise aphorisms along the way, and easily recognized vignettes. Yes, we’re all in there somewhere. And we can be happy. Just take the test (36 questions) and learn to say yes to its recitation of a new and true identity. Disclosure: I listened to the author speak, and a friend lent me a copy of his book.
Okay I have to make room for another book on my bookshelf! This one is a keeper. It is one I will reread and study many times over. When I first read the title I thought, “Okay another pie in the sky, Pollyanna book about how to be happy.” I was so wrong! The author does not promise some quick fix ideas to a happy life that everyone would like to find. I liked this as I do not believe there are any. Instead he turns to God’s word and opens the door to what true happiness and how to achieve it realistically, God’s way. I liked his honesty in the fact that happiness doesn’t consist of our mood or circumstances. In fact, it means facing some hard truths, biblical and personal truths about ourselves and our relationship with God. He uses the Bible story of Joseph’s life and all the mistreatment, setbacks, heartaches and tragedies he faced and overcame by relying on God. I have always found these scriptures inspiring and encouraging but Mr. Giovannetti opened my eyes to even more lessons and truths. There are many more scriptures and Bible examples to study and “renew” your mind. The eleven “secrets” aren’t secrets at all but “meat” right from God’s Word that presented in a new way. He helped me see that in trying to obtaining happiness the worlds’ way, we are working against God, and then shares how to work with Him. I loved the stories he shared about people today and his personal testimonies. I was pleasantly surprised at the delightful humor throughout the book. This book was a double blessing to me. Not just in the sound Bible teaching and inspiration but with having just lost my husband it is an encouragement in finding true happiness with the Lord. A book you WILL want to read. I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Bill Giovannetti is an engaging and insightful pastor and writer. His latest book, Secrets to a Happy Life, will inspire and challenge you to see your life through a different (and godly) paradigm. He weaves the story of Joseph into our story in a way that fascinates and intrigues me. I love this guy. I love this book. Get it. Read it. And grow through it with joy.
Congratulations on finding the book with the secrets to living a happy life! Giovannetti gives readers a joyful and effective method to finding, sharing and maintaining happiness in life. Giovannetti defines happiness, then outlines the steps involved. Reading the Scriptural references, the story of Joseph, humorous style, and practical examples and illustrations, it would be a rare reader who does not experience joy while reading this book. Each chapter ends with discussion questions and a reading assignment in the Bible. It’s just about impossible not to catch on and equally difficult to put down the book. Giovannetti admits that all people suffer in some ways, but suffering is not a deterrent to happiness, saying “Adversity is inevitable, but misery is optional”. He gives multiple examples of this concept as well as practical advice to achieve the right “frame of spirit” that leads to happiness. Readers may well wish to re-read the book in order to absorb more and commit it to memory. There is so much to learn! Want to know about pleonexia? Read the book and learn how while we may get what we want, we may not always want what we get. It would be impossible not to feel happy while reading this book. God’s love for His children pours out of every page. Readers will find themselves smiling. Happiness is all about love and God is crazy about His children. Therefore, it is possible and desirable to live a happy life, secure in the knowledge of God’s promises. It all begins by letting go. Building on the message that our true identities are assigned by God, Giovannetti includes Lewis Sperry Chafer’s list of Our Riches in Christ. There are 36 of them, so grab a copy of this book and start celebrating. Get extra copies for loved ones and those who need help finding happiness. I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review. I am happy to recommend it to everyone who seeks to live a happy life and to know the abundance of God’s love. This is a book to celebrate and to love.