“Happiness According to Jesus” by Bobby Schuller

I was pleasantly surprised when I stared  reading this excellent work by Robert Schuller’s grandson.  I expected to read another “possibility thinking” book.  The possibility thinking movement began during the life and ministry of Norman Vincent Peale at the Marble Collegiate Church on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. At that time, Peale’s theology took hold across the world, and Peale’s name was forever linked to the Positive Thinking movement.  Dr. Peale was, at the time, one of America’s most admired preachers.

In 1955, a young Dutch-American farm boy from Iowa brought his brand of positive thinking to California, and eventually, the world.  The farm boys fame and congregation was born at a drive-in movie facility.  Every Sunday, worshipers would drive in, hang the speaker on the car’s window and listened as Schuller stood atop the concession and delivered his own brand of positive theology, which he called “Possibility Thinking”,

Now, 60 years later, that same congregation, better known as the Crystal Cathedral, still exists; just in a smaller version. Today, that congregation is pastored by Robert V. (Bobby) Schuller.  A young, up and coming minister.

This is Bobby’s second book.  The book is based on The Sermon on the Mount, as the author shows us a fresh approach to studying Christ’s best known sermon. He tries to show us, as the subtitle suggests, ‘What it Means to Be Blessed’.

Bobby has risen from his possibility thinking roots, and delivers a very readable and thorough account of how The Sermon on the Mount can be seen through 21st Century eyes.

The book is a study of the 6th and 7th Chapters of Matthew, but the underlying theme throughout takes us back to Matthew 6:33: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

“Happiness According to Jesus” is a departure from the classic Schuller ‘think good thoughts’ theology, with strong commentary and good theology.  I believe this book will let the world meet Bobby Schuller for the first time and recognize him as a seriously minister of the Gospel, and establish him among the group of great young Christian thinkers in the mode of David Platt, Mark Casto, Graig Groschel, Francis Chan, and other voices of tomorrow.

“Happiness According to Jesus is a wonderful, inspirational and quick read.  I highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a timely and honest review.  No relationships exist between the publisher, author, and this reviewer.

Happy Reading!

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