Author Randy Alcorn has taken his larger book, Happiness, and distilled out 60 daily devotional studies in this compact book, 60 Days of Happiness. Alcorn invites readers to (page xiii), “join me in meeting the happy God on these pages and the pages of the Bible.”
Each chapter of 60 Days of Happiness begins with an applicable verse of Scripture and an inspirational quote from one of a variety of writers including Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Dwight Moody, John Piper, and A. W. Tozer. The chapters are brief enough to make the book readable in devotional time, but the depth of meaning is not sacrificed in this banquet of ideas.
Sources for quotes and illustrations used in the text are provided and the author gets high marks for adding that feature. Those who teach, preach, or write can use 60 Days of Happiness as a valuable resource. Chapter titles are descriptive questions that offer easy return to favorite sections.
Alcorn offers excellent coverage of the relationship between happiness and other aspects of the Christian faith such as reading God’s Word, forgiveness, and thankfulness. He raises interesting and thought-provoking questions though some may not agree with all the author’s conclusions. In that case, turn the page and keep reading. You will likely find a gem you can claim in the next chapter.
In reviewing the book by reading straight through I found some material and themes to be repetitive but used as a daily reading those same repeated features may serve to reinforce the concepts.