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The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life [Paperback]

By J. P. Moreland (Author) & Klaus Issler (Author)
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Offering a fresh, practical, motivating, and meaningful look at the ancient spiritual disciplines' resources for focusing on Christ and pursuing a transcendent purpose in life, the authors show how these disciplines can help shape a life that truly satisfies.

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We are only happy when we pursue a transcendent purpose, something larger than ourselves. This pursuit involves a deeply meaningful relationship with God through a selfless preoccupation with the spiritual disciplines.

The Lost Virtue of Happiness takes a fresh, meaningful look at the spiritual disciplines, offering concrete examples of ways you can make them practical and life-transforming.

From Publishers Weekly
Starting from the American "pursuit of happiness," Moreland (a philosophy professor at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University) and Issler (a Christian education and theology professor, also at Talbot) connect with a widely felt desire. Yet they immediately take readers into deeper reflection of the very content of the happiness we pursue, arguing that our consumerist culture has replaced the more satisfying content of true happiness with a poor substitute. Moving smoothly into a discussion of discipleship, they focus on spiritual disciplines as the key to true happiness in life. Subsequent chapters explore how the spiritual disciplines can be used to improve many areas of our lives-emotions, thoughts, risk taking and the development of a more mature faith during difficult times. They end with a convincing chapter on the importance of spiritual friendships. Although exploring some deep topics, this will still be accessible to most readers and very useful for study groups, particularly with the excellent discussion questions at the end of each chapter. The practical suggestions and creative exercises throughout will be particularly helpful for those new to spiritual disciplines. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life by J. P. Moreland & Klaus Issler has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/14/2005 page 64
  • Christianity Today - 02/01/2007 page 126

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.69" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576836487  
ISBN13  9781576836484  

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More About J. P. Moreland & Klaus Issler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! J. P. MORELAND is distinguished professor of philosophy at
Biola University in La Mirada, California, and director of The
Eidos Christian Center. He holds a BS from the University of
Missouri, a ThM from Dallas Seminary, an MA from the
University of California-Riverside, and a PhD from the
University of Southern California. He has authored, edited,
or contributed papers to thirty-five books and has published more
than two hundred magazine and journal articles.

J. P. Moreland has an academic affiliation as follows - Talbot School of Theology. La Mirada Talbot School of Theology, La Mir.

J. P. Moreland has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
  2. IVP Classics
  3. LifeChange
  4. Scaling the Secular City
  5. Veritas

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Understanding Happiness  Nov 18, 2008
In "The Lost Virtue of Happiness", J.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler attempt to address the growing epidemic of depression that is sweeping the Western world. In a day and age where life is filled with luxuries- air conditioned homes, televisions, and fast food at every corner- people are becoming more and more miserable. What could possibly be wrong?

Moreland and Issler contend that the problem is the redefinition of `happiness' that has occurred in the modern period. Whereas happiness used to be defined as a life full of virtue and character, it is now being conceived as merely a sense of pleasurable satisfaction. Since pleasurable feelings come and go, people are doomed to live an unstable life of ups and downs, while the consumerist culture mindset serves to convince them that they don't have enough.

The cure is to return to a more stable definition of happiness that is based on a life of love and service to God. Only in relation to the kingdom of God can we truly live the life humans were meant to. And, by giving up the relentless pursuit for the next thrill, we can find a sense of meaning and satisfaction to our lives that will last.

Throughout the book, Moreland and Issler provide discussions of how we can use the spiritual disciplines to gain a sense of purpose and grow closer to God. Combining personal experience, clear thinking, and Biblical principles, the authors are able to provide good discussions and some useful suggestions for how we can use these disciplines to improve our lives. For example, the authors recommend offering a brief prayer to God many times during the day. I have found this very helpful for keeping God on my mind and refreshing my prayer life. Although not all of the suggestions may be useful to everyone, the practical applications provided in The Lost Virtue of Happiness add to its value. Moreover, the book is simple and should be very accessible for almost everyone.

As Christians, we have all the resources necessary to live a meaningful and happy life. We simply need to lay aside our own narrow self-interest and pursue a much greater purpose. As Jesus said, "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." [Matthew 6:33] We can only enjoy the smaller pleasures of life to the fullest degree when we give up the pursuit of self-interest and live for God and His kingdom. This message, expressed so well in this book, is one that every person needs to hear.
Happiness Considered, Clarified, and Corrected  Mar 31, 2008
Moreland and Issler offer a thoughtful and practically engaging book of instruction and edification. Moreland continues this theme of happiness or biblical eudaimonism in his KINGDOM TRIANGLE. But LOST VIRTUE OF HAPPINESS is where it starts. Rarely will a book intelligibly facilitate a transforming experience. THE LOST VIRTUE OF HAPPINESS is an exception.
Spiritual Disciplines for a Joyous Life  Jun 17, 2007
Much of what J.P. and Klaus have written here derives from some of Dallas Willard's thought on the spiritual disciplines, but J.P. adds a personal touch that is new for him. J.P.'s openness and candor are refreshing. While this book may yet be challenging for some, if you have read J.P. in the past, I would say this is one of his easier reads. Nevertheless, it is well constructed and enlightening and every bit worth reading.
Challenging but certainly worth the read  Jan 3, 2007
It is uncommon these days to see Christians who actually know what they believe and why they believe it. Furthermore, because they do not have any idea about the truths (truth in the old sense not the postmodern sense) that they profess to believe there is often a wholesale disconnect between what they say they believe (Christianity) and how they live their lives. Not knowing the scriptures that help to inform them of God's will for their lives, many Christians profess yet live frighteningly shallow lives spiritually. This book is a cure for that. It forces the Christian reading it to come to grips with the idea that if we profess Jesus as savior, that our lives MUST reflect a creedal, scriptural and God fearing way of life that shows everyone around them that Jesus is number one in their life and that His glory is their aim.
I mentioned in the title that this book is challenging. That is hardly surprising in that it challenges the reader to throw off old habits and to resist the sin nature in us. It also calls us to better uses of our time for the glory of God. As we all grapple with our sin nature, which of us would not struggle with this? Yet despite the times I wanted to throw this book against the wall in frustration (because I often fall so short of what God calls us to) I have found it to be an excellent addition to my library.

Relevant, Biblical, Practical, Personal  Jul 31, 2006
The Lost Virtue of Happiness contains biblical wisdom applicable to everyday living. As a relationship counselor (marriage/family therapist), it was refreshing to read a book written by credible theologians that I can recommend. All too often am I working with clients that are chasing after life's 'happiness' with unrealistic expections. These expectations impinge on others who cannot meet the criteria, causing frustration and anxiety that lead to broken self and broken relationships. Returning to a biblical definition of happiness, combined with practical spiritual disciplines, the authors lead us back to a healthy relationship with Christ and others.

I especially appreciated the personal testimonies of the authors. They are examples of stories I hear often in my practice. Moreland's experience with depression and anxiety is extremely common and is treated therapeutically by the steps outlined in the book. It behooves the church, especially those in counseling positions, to gain this understanding.

The questions for personal reflection at the end of each chapter make the book perfect for a small group study or for personal edification. I expect that this book will be pulled from my bookshelf often as I share life's hurts and healing with others.

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