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Happy Lies

How a Movement You (Probably) Never Heard of Shaped Our Self-Obsessed World
  • By Melissa Dougherty
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Apologist Melissa Dougherty helps us understand how our society got to be so toxically subjective, why endless positivity is inherently negative, and how we can live with truth and love in these self-obsessed times.

How did we end up in a world in which each person's subjective reality is more important than the truth? And what does that tell us about why we're confused, restless, and, if we're honest, just so sad?

Apologist and YouTube host Melissa Dougherty deftly traces the roots of today's social chaos back to the 1800s philosophy of New Thought. With clarity, compassion, and a bit of loving snark, she exposes New Thought's deceptions and shows us why it's important for our minds and hearts to hold fast to biblical truth. Make sense of a world gone crazy as you discover:

  • What a cultural movement from back in the days when people strolled more than scrolled has to do with our cultural angst today
  • How toxic positivity and unrealistic optimism have infiltrated the church
  • Ways to respond when you're criticized for even suggesting moral truth
  • How understanding the New Thought mindset can help us build bridges with people who reject Christianity
  • Why a "don't worry, be happy" philosophy leads to a lot more worry and a lot less happy

This groundbreaking book propels us out of our loneliness and into the freedom that comes from believing in something outside of ourselves, resting in a love that doesn't have to do with our moods, and knowing an eternal truth greater than any "authenticity" masquerading as our savior.

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    • SKU: 9780310368861
    • Manufacturer: Zondervan
    • ISBN 13: 9780310368861
    • Publication Date: 01/28/2025
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Melissa Dougherty

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