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What is true happiness, and how can we find it?

Everyone wants to be happy. We spend our money, time, and energy chasing after "the good life," and we run ourselves into physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion on the way. But what if the happiness we’re all striving for isn’t the happiness we were created for?

Pastor and author Dr. Derwin L. Gray believes there is a path to true happiness. It is a life lived with Jesus by embracing the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. As you walk through these words, Jesus invites you into a new life-giving rhythm that cultivates a flourishing, happy, transformative life.

Discover the good life you were meant for.

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Beth Moore
Founder of Living Proof Ministries

“Prepare to learn and be challenged. Get ready to grow and be stretched and go ahead and thank God in advance that, if you’re willing, you are about to enter a happier, more fulfilling life. Forget fairy tales. Forget the carnal pleasures that make big promises but can’t even keep them through the weekend. Embrace the way of Jesus Christ, the savior of the world. Grab onto the gospel and really live.”

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about the author

Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University (BYU). They have been married since 1992 and have two adult children.

After graduating from BYU, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers. In 2008, Gray graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity, with a concentration in Apologetics. While there, he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler. In 2018, Gray received his Doctor of Ministry in the New Testament in Context at Northern Seminary under Dr. Scot McKnight. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2009), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015), and The High-Definition Leader (2015).


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Lysa TerKeurst

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and It’s Not Supposed to be This Way, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

“This book has the most solid teaching on happiness I’ve ever read. Not only is this message helpful but it’s also refreshingly honest and carefully researched. This is wisdom I’ve personally seen Pastor Derwin live out both through these pages and in every day life.”

Max Lucado

Preaching Minister of Oak Hills Church, author of How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations

“From the great sermon in history comes the greatest words on happiness. Jesus’ famous beatitudes have blessed millions upon millions of people who have searched for true and lasting joy. My friend Derwin Gray masterfully unpacks the words of Christ with the skill of a scholar and the heart of a pastor. The result is a book that will bless a generation that is hungry for the happiness of heaven.”

Chris Broussard

FOX Sports Broadcaster, Founder and President of The K.I.N.G. Movement

“Derwin Gray has written a gem, a book that reminds me of my own quest and conquest of that elusive thing called happiness. Like me, Derwin found happiness in Jesus Christ. Yet sadly, many Christians lack happiness too. So what gives? You'll find the answer in the pages of this book. Taking words straight from the author of happiness, Jesus Himself, Derwin lays out the blueprint for a happy and fulfilling life. Reading "The Good Life'' will make you think; it'll make you smile, and most of all, it'll make you happy - forever.”


American Idol winner and Grammy Award winner

“Pastor Derwin has played a powerful role in teaching me the true essence of Christ's love. Many know that I was raised in the "church" and have carried God with me every step of the way. But the scripture based teachings and the compassionate delivery that I receive from Pastor Derwin have caused me to revisit the understandings that I once had which have allowed me to open up so much more to God's truth and unfailing love for me as a true believer. I highly recommend my Pastor's book, The Good Life. Read and let God transform your life.”

Ben Stuart

Pastor of Passion City Church D.C., Author of Single, Dating, Engaged, Married

"I have watched Derwin Grey hold a room filled with thousands of college students spellbound as he unpacked the simple, profound, life-altering implications of the grace of Jesus in our lives. Then I watched him personally minister one-by-one to a line of hundreds of students who wanted to walk with Jesus. Thank you for putting your insights into a book, brother. May God bless us all as we seek Him together!"

Carey Nieuwhof

Founding Pastor, Connexus Church, and Author of Didn't See It Coming

"So many of us are pursuing happiness in an age where it feels more and more elusive. Derwin's story and writing is filled with heart, passion and real-life experience that points you to the ultimate source. If your soul is hungry, you've come to the right place."

Jefferson Bethke

New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion

“Pastor Derwin has done it again! Not many people can so brilliantly weave high level theology in such easy to understand and practical ways. Pastor Derwin and this book are a gift and surely will leave you feeling encouraged and equipped!”

Lisa Whittle

Author of Jesus Over Everything, Bible Teacher, Co-founder of Called Creatives

"I found such depth in the principles of The Good Life — an incredible perspective shift for happiness cravers, everywhere. Derwin has nailed it with this book. The wise teaching and candid storytelling brings the same power as hearing him preach!"

Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight

Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

"The Good Life, by my friend Derwin Gray, is about happiness sought, happiness found, and happiness deepened. It is the story of a man who has found the love of God, the love of others, and the love of self personally, and who through that personal encounter with the God of the good life has found the Beatitudes of Jesus as they are meant to be seen: as people who truly know God and through knowing God know themselves and how to love others. The Good Life is a timely warning to America about its obsession with what is not good and an instruction for the church to chase after the good God who alone knows what the good life is. We see that good life in Jesus and Derwin takes us to him."

Trevin Wax

Senior vice president of Theology and Communications at LifeWay Christian Resources, author of This Is Our Time and Rethink Your Self

"In The Good Life, Derwin Gray reflects on the Beatitudes and shows how a life of faith and fruitfulness flows from the surprising grace of the gospel. Here is a book that will encourage you, challenge you, and equip you to be a demonstration of the grace and power of God!"


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