A Different Kind of Happiness: Discovering the Joy That Comes from Sacrificial Love

A Different Kind of Happiness: Discovering the Joy That Comes from Sacrificial Love

by Dr. Larry Crabb

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Overview

How to Love When You Don't Feel Like Loving

Everywhere we look, we see evidence that love is in short supply. Terrorists and political corruption, school shootings and troubled marriages, impatient online sniping and character assassination—all point to the fact that we do not know how to love one another as Jesus commanded and modeled. We put our own interests and happiness first, despite the fact that the greatest happiness comes through sacrificial love.

In this book, Dr. Larry Crabb shows readers how to understand the deep and perfect love we are shown by our Creator and Redeemer, and how to pour that love into other people. This love is about more than being nice and serving others. It's about relating to others in such a way that they feel heard, seen, and valued. This love sacrifices and suffers and keeps loving, even when doing so is costly. This kind of love, says Crabb, is the kind worth fighting for in all of our relationships, and A Different Kind of Happiness shows how to make it a reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801015342
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known Christian psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, and author of more than twenty-five books—including When God's Ways Make No Sense and two Gold Medallion award-winners, Inside Out and Understanding People. He is also the founder/director of NewWay Ministries and cofounder of his legacy ministry, Larger Story. In addition to various other speaking and teaching opportunities, Crabb offers a week-long School of Spiritual Direction held each year at The Cove and the Glen Eyrie in Colorado. He currently is scholar-in-residence at Colorado Christian University. Larry and his wife of fifty years, Rachael, reside near Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit LargerStory.com or NewWayMinistries.org.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Prologue 11

Introduction 19

Three Passages to Ponder As You Now Explore the Message of This Book 33

Part 1 The Good News That Sounds Bad 35

1 Does Anyone Want to Be Happy, Like Jesus? 37

2 Good News in Any Difficult Relationship or Circumstance 43

3 Am I on the Narrow Road to Life? 49

4 The One Prayer God Always Answers 57

5 Am I Even Interested in Praying the One Prayer God Always Answers? 63

6 Our Deepest Hunger, Felt Most Deeply Only in Emptiness 71

7 Who Am I?: Dr. Jekyll? Mr. Hyde? Both? 79

8 A Passion for the Impossible 88

9 Freedom to Follow 96

10 Three Faces of Entitlement 107

Part 2 The Good News That Only Disciples Know Is Good 123

11 A Tale of Two Stones 129

12 True or Falser": It's Sometimes Hard to Tell 138

13 Question 1: Who Is God? 141

14 Question 2: What Is God Up To? 151

15 Question 3: Who Are We? 159

16 Question 4: "What's Gone Wrong? 170

17 Question 5: What Has God Done about Our Problem? 180

18 Question 6: How Is the Spirit Working to Implement, the Divine Solution to Our Human Problem? 190

19 Question 7: How Can We Cooperate with the Spirit's Work? 200

Part 3 A Beautiful Story Is Unfolding, Even in the Darkest Night 209

20 Engage the Battle 211

21 The Answer: To What Question? 218

22 Life: Above and Under the Sun 226

Afterword 235

One Final Question 237

Notes 247

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