The God Who Smiles
An Invitation to a Joy-Filled Life


© 2001  Sherwood Eliot Wirt

Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon

All rights reserved. Used by permission. No portion of this online edition of The God Who Smiles may be reproduced or stored in any form or by any means, except for brief quotation for the purpose of review, comment, scholarship, or ministry presentation without written permission from Dr. Sherwood Eliot Wirt.

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Subjects: 1. God (Christianity) — Attributes; 2. Joy — Religious aspects — Christianity
BV4647.J68 W575 ~ Dewey: 242.21 ~ LCCN: 00-059758 ~ OCLC: 44669722 ~ 220p.

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These words I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

JOHN 15:11

Table of Contents

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A Creed of Joy       5

The Universe Delights in God

1. Does He or Doesn't He?       9

2. What is the Great Joy?       15

3. The Glorious Creation       21

4. God Smiles on His Word       29

5. God Smiles on His Warriors       39

6. God Smiles Through His Son       47

7. God Smiles on His House       53

8. God Smiles in the Stars       61

God's People Rejoice in Him

9. God Smiles on Radiant Love       69

10. God Smiles on Children       79

11. God Smiles When We Come to Him       87

12. When Smiling Leads to Laughter       99

13. Does God's Smile Really Matter to Us?       109

Our Hearts Find Gladness in Him

14. The Joy Factor       117

15. The Joy of Obedience       125

16. The Joy of Prayer       135

17. The Joy of Friendship       143

Our Future Will Triumph Through Him

18. When God Stopped Smiling       157

19. Epiphany at Waterloo Station       165

20. Facing the Real Questions: God       173

21. When Life Tumbles In       179

22. The Joy of Faithfulness       185

23. The Joy of Heaven       191

Epilogue       199

Afterthoughts: The Human Smile       201

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"You are designed to have joy — God's joy!"

You can experience God's joy because "there is a God who smiles"! In this companion book to the popular Jesus, Man of Joy, best-selling author Sherwood Wirt gives a uniquely fresh view of a basic but neglected side of God's character — joy.

* WHERE DOES GOD'S JOY FIT INTO MY LIFE?

* HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE MORE OF THE JOYFUL SIDE OF GOD AND MY FAITH?

* WHAT CAN I DO IF I FEEL THERE IS NOTHING TO BE JOYFUL ABOUT?

* WHAT IS MY BIGGEST BARRIER TO JOY AS A CHRISTIAN?

* WHAT MAKES GOD SMILE, AND HOW CAN I REFLECT HIS SMILE TODAY?

Warm, uplifting, and personal, The God Who Smiles will point you back to God's original plan — a plan that designed you specifically to function on His joy. If you want more of God's joy in your life or need encouragement, you will find inspiration here to lead you to gladness of heart and the God who smiles!

Sherwood Eliot Wirt is founding editor of Decision magazine and the author of 42 books including Billy: A Personal Look at Billy Graham. A long-time associate of Billy Graham, "Woody" (as his friends call him) formerly served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, pastored several churches, and holds Ph.D.'s in theology and psychology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (Class of '51). In 1978 he founded the San Diego Christian Writers Guild. Born in 1911, he resides in Bothell, Washington.

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