Real Happy

Jesus’ Surprising Path to Genuine Joy

by Mike Hayes & Dr. Jeffrey Garner



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/8/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9798385010967
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 212
ISBN : 9798385010981

About the Book

Are you really happy?

When almost every human choice is made with happiness in mind, why do we continue to miss out on lasting happiness? Perhaps happiness isn’t something we pursue but rather something that ensues…What if happiness is not stuff we fill up on but something we make room for? Real happiness may not be something out there at all (material) but something in here (spiritual).

In this compelling narrative, best-selling author Mike Hayes and Dr. Jeffrey Garner journey through the eight beloved Beatitudes from Jesus’ revolutionary Sermon on the Mount. Religious and non-religious readers alike will smile and feel inspired in learning that Jesus, despite popular understandings, was in fact deeply invested in human happiness. Jesus’ happiness, however, consoles sorrow, embraces emptiness, confronts injustice, and is even present in our suffering—all that we avoid in our search for happiness. Aptly reframing the Beatitudes as happy oracles, Mike and Jeffrey share personal stories and historical insights that optimize Jesus’ happy message for a 21st century audience. This book challenges our cultural conceptions of happiness and beautifully guides the reader into Jesus’ Real Happy life.

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Garner is a California native and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary graduate. For twenty years, Dr. Garner has pastored in downtown San Francisco, where he is actively involved in serving his neighborhood. He lectured at Western Seminary for twelve years and served as an undergrad and adjunct professor at other seminaries. Now turning his sights to authorship, Jeffrey uses his expertise in Johannine literature, Christian mysticism, and urban issues to draw seekers and learners into the Belovedness of God. While he has written over a thousand sermons, devotional guides, and curated several spiritual journeys, this co-authored book on happiness is his much-anticipated book debut. A husband and father of two adult children, Jeffrey loves listening to jazz while cooking dinner, watching the fog spill over the Marin Headlands, hiking the Sierras, and reading Mary Oliver. Stay connected with this debut author at Mike Hayes, Founding Pastor of Covenant Church and renowned author, has been a significant figure in ministry since 1970. He is best known for his book, When God is First, which has sold over one million copies in eight languages. Mike has been recognized for his impactful work on racial reconciliation, immigration, and Middle Eastern-Israeli peace agreements as a Faith Advisor for the White House. In his latest book, Real Happy: Jesus’ Surprising Path to Genuine Joy, he reflects on the universal quest to understand genuine happiness, a subject he holds close to his heart. Currently, Mike resides in Texas with his wife Kathy. Off the page, he finds joy in spending time with family, listening to good music from Bocelli to Haggard, and restoring classic cars. Stay connected with this author at