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  1. Jennifer and (in)courage,
    What a wonderful book…a must read! I am truly finding that if I change my “wording” in my approach to life it builds gratitude and a natural offspring of gratitude is happiness. Great journey into self discovery and reflection on how we are wired and how we “do” life. Link that with Jennifer’s wonderful story telling abilities and you’ve got an awesome combo! So glad to be a part of the launch team!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Thank you for reassuring me that I’m not as late as I feel! I just shared my review of Jennifer’s wonderful book on my blog today, and somehow this post reassures me that the timing is ok.
    Looking forward to some great discussion in the upcoming days and weeks!

  3. I am thrilled to be part of this. My soul was overwhelmed as I read it prior to its launch date because I was honored to be part of that team. But it stroke areas of my soul that God knew were open and needed healing. God is good and His mercy does endure forever. In order to be His vessel of interceding for others I need to be counsel and mercy to others. This reread and study I know will help me give to others. How wonderful is our God. He provided this for my own healing and now He will use this book to help me help others!

  4. I’m dying to read this, but it’s just not in the budget right now. I will get to it, though, and I can’t wait! 🙂

  5. Very excited about joining my first on-line book club. No better to book to start with. I have already begun the book (got it right after it came out). It is wonderful! Learning a lot.

  6. I will receive my book tomorrow, just in time! I am a realist and find it very difficult to shut out the world, and with all the evil in our world right now, it is little wonder that many of us lose our way and depression takes up house in our souls. Top that off with grieving the loss of a precious one, terminal illness and it’s a recipe for full-blown disaster. After all the reviews I have read, I am so ready to take the dare and dig into this book!

  7. I won’t have my book until Thursday evening so I’m happy to see that I won’t be far behind. Just a funny little side note I was on Amazon looking at the description of the book and they always show you what is frequently purchased together and The Happiness Dare is paired up with another book that I just picked up last Thursday called “Present over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist. I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store.

  8. Jennifer, I loveyour book, as you know, and it’s great to be among happiness dare-takers. It’s been such a joy to share about it as well. I know God longs for us to be happy in Him, and how we need that reminder. Thank YOU for taking the dare to write this wonderful book.
    Love
    Lynn

  9. Sometime in the last week I saw a post somewhere about “The Happiness Dare” and decided to dive in. I’ve completed various Bible studies, but I’ve never participated in a book club. So what caught my attention? The word “happiness.” Three years ago my son at age 11 died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel. I almost died too. I woke up the next day in the hospital to the words from my husband “Jeffrey’s with Jesus.” Because of the gift of eternal life through Jesus, I know I’ll see Jeffrey again, but learning to live on this earth until then has been a journey.
    I struggle now with “what does happy look like with Jeffrey gone.” Friends tell me it’s okay to be happy but I have to believe it myself. I’m not bitter or angry at God. I know He has a plan and I trust Him. And time has healed part of the wound but I’m not the same person before the accident. I’m looking for a new perspective. So I want to learn how to rethink happiness and take the dare to spread it!
    Sidenote: I was sharing with a friend today about the book club and my struggle with “how am I suppose to be happy with Jeffrey gone” and I kid you not, the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams started playing in the restaurant. We both started laughing and crying!

  10. Thank you (in)courage for creating this opportunity for us! I’m looking forward to learning, growing and sharing with everyone who will be participating! I’m getting my highlighters, glass of iced tea and bookmark ready!

  11. Having just begun my last year in the 50’s decade, I am reminded that ten years ago I was struggling with happiness.

    Partly I was physically exhausted. Two daughters had gotten married in three weeks time and my dad had lost a battle with cancer just the day before the first wedding.

    However, as I walked in that hard place, I realized that I had gotten cynical. And cynicism and happiness do NOT hold hands or play nicely together.

    My prayer became that I would trust God more, like a little child. And most of the time, there is a higher happiness quotient in my life.

    Praise God though. He gives me several kicks during the day to keep me hanging on to him. The happiness follows!

    And thank you, Jennifer, for reminding us that God WANTS us to be happy!