All people seek happiness. Blaise Pascal reminds us, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end … This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” Yet most people stumble in the dark and content themselves with living a mediocre life. But there is a better way.

The better way is the theme of Tim Savage’s book, Discovering the Good Life: The Surprising Riches Available in Christ. Savage explores what Jesus refers to as the “abundant life” (John 10:10). The pursuit of the good life is revealed in the tale of three trees. These trees are the focus of the book.

The three trees include:

  • The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
  • A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse
  • The Tree of Life with Its Twelve Kinds of Fruit

Readers will become familiar with each tree which begins with the fall in the Garden of Eden and proceeds to the prophecy of Christ’s coming and conquest and culminates with Christ making all things new.

Discovering the Good Life is a practical book, one that will serve believers well. It is a good introduction to the Christian life and alerts readers to the promises of God, which must be believed, embraced, and trusted. Ultimately, the good life is found in a personal relationship with God, through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. My hope is that many will discover this good life for the first time as a result of Savage’s fine efforts.

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