René Breuel, in his excellent, provocative book, “The Paradox of Happiness”, exposes the modern fallacies in our understanding of happiness and reveals its true path―which isn't the result of self-improvement, self-satisfaction or pleasant circumstances―but something far more satisfying and surprising.

Rebecca Manley Pippert

Author of Hope Has Its Reasons: The Search to Satisfy Our Deepest Longings


“Writing with the joie de vivre of a Brazilian living in the Eternal City of Rome, Breuel brings us a fresh and arresting treatment of the classic paradox of happiness, why its quest is normally doomed before it starts, and how it can be turned around to be gloriously successful. A book to savor for all who pursue happiness.”  

Os Guiness

In a culture which offers happiness in promotional packages for a society willing to pay any price for it, The Paradox of Happiness subverts our culture’s logic and points to a surprising and liberating way.

Ricardo Barbosa de Souza

Pastor of Planalto Presbyterian Church, Brasilia, Brazil

As many other thinkers and writers have discovered and articulated, we humans were created by a very happy God to enjoy the happy God's own happiness. To enjoy this happiness, however, involves following the counterintuitive way and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, the happiest human Who ever lived. René Breuel gets it. He gets why most of us miss out on this happiness―self-turned-in-on-itself; and gets how Jesus leads us into true happiness―self-giving-self-away-for-others. And what René develops in this book makes me want to live Jesus' counter-intuitive way. May I be as consistently happy as you are René!

Darrell Johnson

Teaching Fellow, Regent College, Vancouver

This book invites us to look at life from a different perspective, where those who lose actually win, and where even the darkness of the night cannot overcome the light of life. A great read!

Ziel Machado

Former International Fellowship of Evangelical Students Regional Secretary for Latin America


“We must watch the European church and learn from its successes and failures because our own cultures are shaped by the same secularism and materialism more and more. This volume is an enormous help, then, both for those called to do gospel ministry inside and outside of Europe.”

- Timothy Keller, from the introduction