After several years of listening to Dr. David Jeremiah on the radio, I was excited to read his new book, 31 Days to Happiness, How to Find What Really Matters in Life. What will give us the peace that nothing else can? The answer of course, is a relationship with God.
Using the book of Ecclesiastes, and countless real-world examples to illustrate his points, Dr. Jeremiah takes us through the life of King David’s son, Solomon. Although Solomon may have had more of everything than we do: wealth, fame, power, etc., his struggles largely resemble our struggles. Life is hard and we are frustrated. So, we attempt to comfort ourselves in a variety of ways.
We have a tendency to try and fill our need for God with excellence in our work, relationships with others, through entertainment, and many other distractions that cannot satisfy in us what only God can. While we enjoy what this world has to offer, Jeremiah shows through Ecclesiastes, that despite all achievements and pursuits, our right relationship with God is where the only true contentment can be found during our earthly existence.
Although I enjoyed the book, I also believe that the message could have been just as powerfully conveyed with a smaller volume. The text ends at 321 pages, which eventually feels very lengthy.
A fitting conclusion to this review is a quote from Chapter 19: Dr. Jeremiah states that, “God’s way may be the hard way, but it is always the high road…”