Joy, Peace, Contentment and Happiness …… Are Yours for the Taking

by Simon Petrus Berkhout


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/8/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781504330701
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781504330718

About the Book

Joy, Peace, Contentment, and Happiness … Are Yours for the Taking intertwines a spiritual memoir and a devotional reflection on surrendering to the will of God. From the strong fiber that emerges from this entwining, Simon Petrus Berkhout, a native of Holland who immigrated to Canada at a young age, fashions an approachable guide to seeing, in faith, the gifts— joy, peace, contentment and happiness—God offers all who live according to His ways. Eight chapters tell the story of the author’s journey and bring his life into conversation with voices from the Christian tradition that speak of surrender, particularly, The Joy of Full Surrender, the classic work by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ. After briefly recounting his life, the author presents chapters that include pages with space for the reader to record thoughts and questions, turning the work into a kind of spiritual journal. These chapters address spiritual awakenings, acceptance and surrender, being consciously present in the moment, meditating, and attending to one’s physical wellbeing. When you take stock of your life and find that challenges and burdens weigh upon you, leading you to wonder about you and your reason for being here, then Joy, Peace, Contentment, and Happiness ….. Are Yours for the Taking can serve as a simple, yet profound guide to submitting your life to God, learning how to follow His will, and discovering that His outstretched hands hold gifts that are yours for the taking—joy, peace, contentment, and happiness. Go ahead, take them; He offers these gifts to you.


About the Author

Simon Petrus Berkhout, born in Holland, immigrated to Ontario, Canada, with his family when he was fourteen. After schooling, he worked in industry, ran his own business, and engaged in industrial sales. Retired in 2003, he and his wife, married since 1959, enjoyed life with three grown children and their offspring, until dementia took over in 2005.