Out of Despair and Into DeLight

From the dark abyss of suffering was born my book Biblical Ethics. Five years ago, the last thing on my mind was writing a book on how to live a morally happy, flourishing life. I was deep in the throes of a PhD program when the walls of my intellectual ivory tower came crashing down.

Debilitating depression, anxiety, and insomnia brought me to my knees and opened my eyes to the harm my sacrifices were doing to my marriage and family. God closed the door to my PhD coursework and led me to a time of healing and renewal, during which He planted the seed for my passion in exploring the relationship between morality and happiness. Once again, I dove deep into the sea of academic research, exploring the ethical caverns of the Bible; but this time, I made sure to balance my passion with my roles as husband, father, son, brother and friend. I am overjoyed to share my five years of exploration with you in the form of my new book Biblical Ethics: An Exegetical Approach to a Morality of Happiness. I hope you experience a newfound understanding and appreciation for the proper morality of happiness that God intends for us all, best understood via systematically interpreting three Old Testament words: esher, barak, and shalom.

Biblical Ethics: An Exegetical Approach to a Morality of Happiness
Chester Delagneau

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