By David Paul Eich
During an apparition on February 18, 1858, in Lourdes, France, the Blessed Virgin Mary said to a local peasant girl, "I cannot promise you happiness in this world, only in the next."
Did her words suggest that our search for happiness is in vain? Does it really matter how much money we have, what we look like, how smart we are, who we socialize with, or what power we control?
Perhaps the answers may be found in the stories of the young man who discovered God in the laughter of two hungry children; the officer whose encounter with a painting answered the "whys?" of Katrina; a stranger's "haunting" invitation in the chapel; an orphan who believes that God "has come too far to back out now"; or a three-year-old's confirmation that her cousin is in Heaven.
Happiness Only in the Next: 7 Choices for Eternal Life offers a challenge. We can spend "eternity" trying to figure out how to be happy in this world; or we can do what it takes to experience eternal happiness. This book answers one question:"What can you do in this world that may well determine what you will do in the next?"