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Resisting Happiness

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,342 ratings  ·  426 reviews
A true story about why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves... and how to start choosing happiness again!

Are you happy? It may be the wrong question. Most of us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time knowing that we could be happier -- maybe even a lot happier. Ordinary people and the fine
ebook, 167 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Blue Sparrow
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Jenny G The book demonstrates how through overcoming resistance and taking steps to be a better Catholic/Christian you can become happier.

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Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At Christmas Eve mass this year, my church was kind enough to gift a copy of this book to all parishioners. I'll admit, upon receiving the book as we were leaving church, I had no intention of opening its pages. On the drive home, though, I started to read the back cover and immediately the message resonated with me. Matthew Kelly's latest book is about overcoming resistance in all facets of your life and becoming the best-version-of-yourself. Each chapter ends with a recap of its fundamental me ...more
Amy Marie
A decent little self-help book, with some Catholicism thrown in. It isn't tremendously great writing, but some really good nuggets of practical truth.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It came in the mail today and I started it and found I couldn't put it down and just finished it. I suppose that there was nothing earth-shattering here, but it was all good wisdom that I longed to hear said out loud, at least in my head as I read the words. I needed the encouragement and direction and challenge. I needed to be asked to reflect on the statements made. I think I'll read it again someday. This book was written by Matthew Kelly.
Steven R. McEvoy
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book is "A True Story about Why We Sabotage Ourselves, Feel Overwhelmed, Set Aside Our Dreams, and Lack the Courage to Simply Be Ourselves... and How to Start Choosing Happiness Again" and that is quite a mouthful. But having read a number of Matthew Kelly's books over the last few years I was very excited to read this one. I must admit I read this book while rereading Rediscover Jesus, I read it through once and could not put it down, and am now reading it through a chapter ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting and inspiring

I really liked how he interwove his personal story with the points he was trying to make on how we resist our own happiness. It really made me think on the many ways I had resisted my own happiness and had not realized it. Highly recommended.
Caroline Honn
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
The first 40 pages were pretty spot-on. As others have said, Matthew has a way of simplifying things - taking them up to the 30,000 foot view for a little much needed perspective. It works for him and for most of us too. But as the pages went on, there was less and less of substance. The most repeated message was that Matthew Kelly has been writing and speaking and traveling for a loooong time. I lost the plot after awhile and was looking for more relevance and less repetition about how long Mat ...more
Lisa Basile
Apr 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was a freebie in my son's CCD class, plus it's a book about happiness (what's not to like?) so I figured I'd give it a try. I rarely don't finish a book, but after a few pages of this one I could not stomach the rest. The opening page preaches that pressing the snooze button is a moral failure. On page 3, the author shares how many books he's written and how many copies he's sold (excuse me while I roll my eyes, Mr. Narcissist). This book is just too much of a sermon to continue.
Gillian Brownlee
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
When I first checked this book out from the library, I didn't realize that this was such a religion-heavy book. It almost made me not want to read it, because I didn't want to be preached at. But the description resonated with me, so I stuck with it. And I'm glad I did.

If you look between all the bits about finding God and surrendering yourself to God and whatnot, there's actually some really fantastic advice in this book. It's the kind of book that I almost want to buy just so I can highlight a
John Sutton
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd Matthew Kelly book I have read. My wife is a big fan and we actually did get to go to one of his events. He keeps things very basic in his writings, but by doing that makes it easy to understand and actionable. Some religious books are written at a level that are hard to relate. This book tackles happiness and why we do things that we know will not make us happy or we think will bring us happiness, but never do. Some of what Matthew Kelly talks about in this book is basic product ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A short, simple walkthrough with reflections that are helpful for many people. A huge turn off again, as is a turn off often with Kelly's work, is the shameless self-promotion that is two advertisements mid-book, and several plugs for himself and his company in the name of teaching other Catholics how to better their spiritual lives- mostly through buying his books and going on retreats with his group. Things better left out of the book altogether, or at least kept to the back of the book.
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a Christmas gift from our parish. It was just what I needed to read during Lent. Each chapter inspired me to take a more active role in my relationship with God.
Virginia Lieto
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot thank my brother Ed, enough, for gifting me with Resisting Happiness, by Matthew Kelly. This book was a real eye-opener for me! As human beings, we naturally resist happiness, and when we do so, we resist God, the source of all happiness. “Why do we resist God? Because deep down we don’t trust Him…deep down we think that God is trying to limit our freedom” (p. 214). Kelly tells us throughout the book that we need to become “the best version of ourselves.” How do we do that: by stopping ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
It lacked the depth and substance I was looking for... He touched on dozens of topics with which I was already familiar, clearly a book meant for unengaged Catholics (although the message is pertinent to everyone, Catholics and non Catholics alike) It was a little too preachy and Rick Warren-esque for me, being very similar to A Purpose Driven Life. The super enthusiastic "don't let the critics get you down! Be the best version of yourself! Stay strong!" style that many find helpful but is compl ...more
Jami Murphy
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Totally disappointed. I have always enjoyed his writing. I have found inspiration in his words during some dark times in my life. I think he needs to step away from his work and find his true voice, because the one in this book is tired. I'll always read his books- too bad this one is such a flop.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of lots of practical tips to overcome laziness and learn to be more free and self-disciplined, always with the end in mind- striving for holiness and doing God's will!
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
worth reading. Uplifting and encouraging.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ra-shortlist
Review blurb from work:
A great collection of bite-size reflections on resistance--that troubling impulse that keeps us from doing what we know is best for us, and shows up as laziness, procrastination, self-doubt, feelings of unworthiness, and a myriad of other guises. I loved Kelly's discussion of instant-gratification, and the simple but hugely powerful idea of practicing self-denial in small ways in order to help beat resistance. As always, Kelly is insightful, accessible, and humble in shari
Ernest Sneed
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
SF. A friend's gift. A short meditation and exploration of how to have an active and fulfilling spiritual life. In a similar tradition to Jesuit spiritual exercises, the book helps one to explore a personal meaning and mission in living life as a devout Catholic and servant for God and others. It also has very interesting ideas on how to make the Mass experience more active and enriching by keeping a Mass journal (a small pocket notebook to record one unique insight during Mass that has personal ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Writing about a self-help book is an awkward experience. I am exposing my own weaknesses online, while it is also terribly subjective.

Nevertheless, I found Resisting Happiness to run both hot, and cold. But since I only care about positives, that’s what my focus will be on. Written by Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness made me stop, and truly think, of how I live my life.

First as a man who believes in God, and next as a Catholic who could use a little work at his practice of faith.

But it wasn’t
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Triumph! I love how much Matthew Kelly personalized this book with his own trials and lessons. Very well written!
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely motivating and helpful.
Robert Federline
Matthew Kelly writes highly accessible books easily applicable on a practical level to help us relate better to God and to our fellow men. This particular book is also about our relationship with ourselves. We can be our own worst enemies. There is a constant battle against ourselves.

The resistance we have to achieving our own happiness is illogical and self-destructive and all too real. The suggestions made by Mr. Kelly are very practical and logical. They are so simple that our constant desir
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
In typical Matthew Kelly fashion, practical tips for becoming the best version of yourself are wrapped in the package of the genius of Catholicism. Kelly does summarize many of his previous writings in this book, but he does have many good things to say. He writes in a straight forward manner that can be easily digested by most anyone. While the target audience is Catholics, non-Catholics can read the book and still gain many valuable pieces of wisdom. The main point of the book is how to overco ...more
John Smiley
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of self help books, and that's basically what this is---a self help book for Catholics, both for real, practicing Catholics (those who adhere to Church teachings, go to Mass EVERY Sunday, not just Easter and Christmas) and also those who don't.

There are 37 short chapters in the book, and with the exception of a few, all of them had something that I could take away and use as a guideline to making myself the best person I can be---which is really the theme of the book.

I found my
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty solid even if this is not your first Matthew Kelly book. I am not a Matthew Kelly completist by any stretch, but I've heard him talk and listened to and read a moderate amount of his previous work. This gets personal in interesting ways. Like a fair amount of stuff I read any more, I'm seeing massive overlap with 1) Catholic spiritual writings 2) secular advice on the psychology of happiness and success 3) 12 step spirituality and 4) my own deductions and extensions and extrapolations fro ...more
Samantha Syracuse
I had high hopes for this book but stopped reading on page 17. I realize Matthew Kelly is know for his books on Catholicism, but I guess I thought this would be different based upon how it's marketed as a practical guide for finding personal happiness. I don't find this "practical"; I find it dogmatic:

"Nothing on earth can satisfy your desire for happiness. The reason is very simple: You have a God-sized hole. . . . If you want to make sense of everything, place God at the center of your life."

Sam Fink
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to like this book. I find myself distrusting Matthew Kelly and all his success. But I couldn't help but really like this book. It is not the deep spiritual book I want to like. Rather, it is a simple book that points out my stupidity in resisting God's plan and trying to insert my own. it was hard to not read the entire book in a single session. I didn't want to think deeply and do the simple Q&As. I finished without working the book as I should. It brought me fear; fear of the ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book offers an illuminating approach to achieving your heart's desires and a name to what keeps us all from achieving what we are meant to our lives. An enemy without a name is an enemy that we cannot defeat. Kelly not only provides a name but shows his readers where he hides and how to defeat him. Don't let the simple prose fool you; this little books contains much to ponder. It will remain on my shelf to be reread and read deeply.
LeAnn James
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic-reading
Great book to read during lent. Read a chapter a day along with listening to his daily videos that corresponded to the chapter. Yes Happiness is a choice and the book gave me new perspectives how I do resist my own happiness.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
A nice quick read. I think I can sum it up in three phrases- Let go & let God; How much stuff you own is not important; pray 10 minutes a day.
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Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, where he began speaking and writing in 1993. Since that time he has travelled in more than fifty countries and spoken to over four million people. He has written twelve books which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists and have been published in twenty-five languages. His titles include: The Rhythm of L ...more
“Wherever you find excellence, you find continuous learning. They go hand in hand. Wherever you find that continuous learning is missing, you find mediocrity.” 9 likes
“Addiction in all its forms, large and small, serious and less serious (no addiction is trivial), is one of the central themes of our lives. Identifying our own addictions of thought and action is part of each person’s spiritual journey. Food, control, talking too much, work, sex, pornography, alcohol, drugs, always being right, noise, negative thinking, negative humor, skepticism, cynicism, minimalism…the list is varied and endless. It doesn’t matter what it is for you, and it doesn’t matter what it is for me. What matters is how we respond.” 5 likes
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