Monday, August 1, 2016

Review & Giveaway: The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee

~Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY below!~

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would you like to be happier? No matter who you are or how you feel, chances are you would answer yes. And Jennifer Dukes Lee was no different. For years, she wrestled with a constant nagging sense that she wasn't as happy as she could be. At the same time, she felt guilty for wanting something so "shallow.” After all, doesn't God only care that we find joy in our circumstances? Or is it possible that God really does want us to be happy? Determined to get answers, Jennifer embarked on a quest to find out whether our happiness matters to God and, if so, how to pursue it in a way that pleases him. In The Happiness Dare, you'll learn what she discovered, including how to:

• Understand the five happiness styles and maximize yours

• Overcome the four biggest obstacles that stand in the way of your happiness

• Find your happiness sweet spot—the place, relationship, or activity that gives you the greatest sense of well-being

• Discover what you can do in just five minutes a day to be happier

Will you take the dare? Join Jennifer in the pursuit of your truest, most satisfied, and most faith-filled self

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I enjoyed this well written and engaging book that encourages and even "dares" you to be happy.  With an easy to read, simple style, the author does a good job of guiding you to understanding what your happiness style is, what obstacles might stand in your way, what gives you the greatest sense of well-being,  and what you can do each day to be happier.   The author also does a good job at keeping your attention with her thoughts and research into the subject as well as interesting stories to illustrate her points.  It's an encouraging and up-lifting read.

Pages from The Happiness Dare
I really liked the way the book was set up.   I enjoyed the look of it - some whimsical fonts and full page graphics throughout the book.  Each chapter starts with an inspirational quote and ends with a section called "Digging Deeper".  Also, the happiness style assessment is at the back of the book (you can also access it online).

*Thanks to Tyndale Publishers House for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol, is a storyteller and a grace dweller. She is a popular blogger, an (in)courage writer, and a frequent speaker who can't get over God's amazing grace. Her writing has appeared at Women of Faith, Today's Christian Woman, Relevant, and the blogs of Ann Voskamp, Holley Gerth,, and many others.

Jennifer is a former award-winning news reporter who covered crime, politics, and natural disasters for several Midwestern metropolitan daily newspapers. Now she uses her reporting skills to chase after the biggest story ever: the redemptive story of Christ.

She clings to the hope of the Cross and is passionate about sharing the Good News through story. She believes in miracles; she is one. She marvels at God's unrelenting grace for people who mess up—stumbling sinners like her, who have been made whole through Christ.

Jennifer and her husband live on the Lee family farm with their two daughters. She attends a small country church, and some Sundays, you can find her in the back of the sanctuary, spinning tunes as the church deejay. She loves air guitar, dark chocolate, emoji, messy people, and Jesus—not in that order. Visit Jennifer online at, on Twitter as @dukeslee and on Facebook at /JenniferDukesLee

1 copy of The Happiness Dare to 2 winners!

Ends 8/08/2016

AND THE WINNERS ARE:  MELISSA H & BECKY S - I have emailed each of you.  CONGRATULATIONS! :)

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