Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Preaching Happiness” by Ginny Sassaman, Rootstock Publishing, 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Ginny Sassaman, author of “Preaching Happiness Creating a Just and Joyful World” has written an inspirational and thought-provoking book. The genres for this book are non-fiction, faith, self-help, and memoir. Each of the chapters are informative and almost like mini sermons ending with “May it be so”
This is an informative book based on many of the author’s experiences and research. The author credits various people familiar with aspects of this, and gives examples. Many of these chapters/sermons do make sense in making a happier life. For example, subjects such as forgiveness, mindfulness, compassion, empathy, communication, nature, and animals are some of the subjects that are covered.
The author gives an example of seeing a turtle walking slowing across the road. Instead of stopping, and possibly moving the turtle out of possible danger, she goes on. When she comes back she sees the turtle didn’t make it, and realizes if she had acted, possibly the turtle would be safe. She carries a piece of the shell to remind herself. Being mindful, having compassion and being kind are all so important.
Asking for forgiveness, and accepting the responsibility also frees us to live happier lives and live in peace. Many of the examples make perfect sense. Sometimes it doesn’t work the way that you want, but still makes you carry less of a burden.
I would recommend this thought-provoking novel to other readers who are on their journey to seek happiness.