New Release Spotlight: Amanda Held Opelt

When Amanda first told me she wanted to write a book about the “emotional prosperity gospel,” I couldn’t say YES fast enough!
Many Christians deny the prosperity gospel—the idea that God wants you to be healthy and wealthy— but embrace its more subtle spin-off, the emotional prosperity gospel, the belief that happiness and spiritual euphoria will follow if you believe the right things and make the right choices.
In Holy Unhappiness, Amanda Held Opelt grapples with her own experience of disillusionment when life with God didn’t always feel the way she expected it to feel. She examines some of the historic, religious, and cultural influences that led to the idolization of positive feelings and the marginalization of negative feelings.
This book will resonate with so many Christians who are wondering why their faith doesn’t feel like it’s supposed to. Amanda breaks it all down and helps us conclude that there is holiness to be found even in our unhappiness.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Kristen on July 21, 2023 at 8:55 PM

    Fascinating subject matter! Thank you for featuring this book. I will need to take a look at this one, and possibly review it on my website. Thanks, again!