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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Christian Life / Personal Growth
  • Language:English
  • Pages:144
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9780998963013
  • Paperback ISBN:9780998963006

Happiness as an Independent Variable

by George Allen Blacken

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Traditional perceptions of happiness often fail to lead us to true joy. In Happiness as an Independent Variable, you will explore the what, why, and how happiness must be treated in order to have it and maintain it. You will discover: 1) The relationship between sadness, anger, and worry and how to overcome their contributing factors; 2) Why true happiness isn't achievable through the traditional ways most us define and measure happiness; 3) What is meant by happiness as an independent variable and how this applies to our lives and the situations that impact us; 4) God's responsibility for your happiness; 5) How to be your complete self, all the time. This character-building book is spiritual therapy for depression, anger management, and anxiety. It will help you be and stay strong in the midst of each crisis you may face. Happiness is a right, not a privilege!

About the author

The youngest of two sons, Pastor George Blacken is a graduate of Florida A&M University—Florida State University College of Engineering. After graduating, he returned to his home state of Virginia to pursue a graduate degree in engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

As part of Living Waters Way of the Cross Church in Newport News, he served as the Brotherhood Secretary, Junior Usher Board Treasurer, Together We Can Math Tutor, Baritone for the Male Chorus, and a Vacation Bible School assistant. He was one of the key coordinators for the annual Living Waters Way of the Cross Church Men's Day Conference.

In 2003, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for CSC in an engineering capacity. He was called to the ministry in 2005, and married Lady Melissa Head in 2006. In 2007, he published his first book, Happiness as an Independent Variable, and as a member at Bible Way Temple, worked with a variety of auxiliaries at Bible Way including Pastor's and Elder's Board, Youth Department, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Way Men's Retreat Committee, Bible Way World Wide Sunday School Region II Steering Committee, and the Wednesday Church Bible Study. He was ordained as an elder in 2009 at the July 2009 Bible Way World Wide convocation in New York. In 2012, he and his wife moved to Waldorf, Maryland, where they established Holy Temple Cross Ministries Inc. In 2017, he started a publishing company, Apostolic Pentecostal Alliance Books LLC, while also working directly for the Department of the Navy as an engineer. Pastor Blacken is currently pastoring Holy Temple Cross Ministries Inc. in the Akron, Ohio area.

He and his wife were blessed with four wonderful children—George Jr., Timothy, Grace, and Matthew.

Pastor Blacken has also written the second edition of Happiness as an Independent Variable (available for sale on this page), Using the Power Within, and Disciples Book One: New Day.  More information on these book titles can be found at and

More information on Apostolic Pentecostal Alliance Books LLC can be found on:

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