Saturday, May 16, 2020

Book Review - Secrets of the Happy Soul


How do some people do it? They rise above the circumstances and distractions of life and remain consistently happy. Even in tough times they have a quiet sense of peace about them. Examining the Bible and her own life, Katie Orr has discovered that deep happiness and satisfaction are only possible when we are rooted in God and pursuing his good and specific purpose for each of us.

Secrets of the Happy Soul is your invitation into a deeper, more fruitful relationship with God and his Word. As Katie walks you through key teachings from the book of Psalms, you will recognize how the world's definition of happiness pales compared to the daily delights God has in store for you. Draw closer to him, and your soul will go from lonely to connected, from overwhelmed to level and led, from aimless to commissioned and unique. God doesn't promise a storm-free life, but he is the anchor every happy soul needs.


Southern California was home before I packed my bags and moved cross-country to Auburn, Alabama to attend college. Though I grew up in private Christian schools, it was at Auburn University where my spiritual life became a personal pursuit. Before then, I thought Christianity was a bunch of do’s and don’ts. Through the discipleship ministry of Cru, I began to understand the how’s and why’s of Christianity. How do I study my Bible and share my faith? Why do my decisions make a difference in my relationship with God? Why is reading the Bible so important?

God’s grace continues to carry me as I learn to walk intimately with Him. Through depression, grief, and everyday craziness, He has proven Himself faithful.


Katie Orr is a sound Biblical teacher and this is very evident in her new book, Secrets of the Happy Soul.  She takes us on a journey through Scripture and shows us how our relationship with God can make our souls happy because we are grounded in His Word.

From the first page, this book drew me in. I had my highlighter out constantly as I read. So many wonderful and memorable thoughts throughout this book. I also liked the evaluations, questions and Bible study actions that are sprinkled at the end of chapters. They are well thought out and made me think about how deeply I was making my walk with God a priority.

I really liked the Scripture that Katie shares throughout and I found myself looking them up in my own Bible and making notations about what I had learned from this book. That's what I liked the most about this book - it gave me a great desire to get into my Bible and study because Katie made me realize how important it is. Doing so really did make me happy!

I highly recommend this book! It is such a great book to read and Katie makes everything understandable and relatable by sharing her own stories. I really loved this book and I hope you'll get your own copy. It will help deepen your walk with God and in the process, give you a foundation for happiness.  I give this book 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

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Blessings - Julie

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