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Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learing the Deep Meaning of Happiness

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If we have a particle of sense, St. Augustine said, we realize that we all want to be happy. What's more, God actuallydesignedhuman beings to crave and seek happiness. Why, then, is there so muchunhappiness in the world? According to David Naugle, it's because, in our desperate quest, we're looking in the wrong places.

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Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 3rd 2008 by Eerdmans
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Sep 13, 2009 John rated it really liked it
Naugle argues that people's desire for happiness is rooted in their (known or unknown) yearning for God. But in an effort to satisfy ourselves, we often turn to things that lead us away from God, leading to disordered lives. The disordered loves that lead to such lives need to be reordered, beginning with a right view of and belief in Jesus Christ. What I most appreciate about Naugle's work is his commitment (especially earlier in the work) to broaden the cultural pool from which he seeks out in ...more
Jeffrey Backlin
This book is very moving to read. If you approach this book purely cognitively, that is, to garner information and knowledge, then I would suggest that you have not read this book properly and that you have missed a great deal within it. I have never ready anything from Naugle before, that is surely to change now that I have finished this work. The book is written intelligently with a good host of information; you can tell Naugle is a philosopher. The book strength, however in my estimation, is ...more
Kim Winters
Feb 02, 2013 Kim Winters rated it it was ok
This book covered so many topics it felt (at times) like the author was trying to rewrite the Bible. Lots of great insights, quotes and perspectives - just perhaps too many? But that might be because I was familiar with the topic at hand and have already read and enjoyed Desiring the Kingdom. For me, this book did not newly inspire nor inform but rather extensively reviewed what I already believed and have experienced. Probably would make a helpful resource for a new believer looking for a compr ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Well done synthesis of Augustine's understanding of disordered love as the root of sin with a broad Reformed spirituality. Includes an insightful look at the seven deadly sins, countered with a program of spiritual formation that focuses on the seven virtues. A chapter on the gospel is comprehensive, including a focus on the incarnation, the kingdom of God, the atonement and resurrection. The material on spiritual disciples is good, though there's nothing particularly new. Lots of great quotes f ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Danny rated it really liked it
Popular-level book on Christian happiness.
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Nov 13, 2012 Todd Capen rated it it was amazing
As a pastor and one who loves Augustine this is a fantastic book. If there was a fire and I had to grab 20 books this would be one of them. This book represents Augustine's thought about the core issue of the human heart; that of disordered loves. This book interacts with popular culture and is accessible to the average reader. Augustine feels a bit overwhelming for the average Christian but Naugle does a terrific job applying Augustine
Oct 02, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read on the subject of contentment and true joy.
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