Why is "being happy" such an imperative in our world today? What is the meaning of happiness? In this book Abbot Christopher Jamison turns to monastic wisdom for answers. He explains that, in essence, happiness is a gift—not an achievement. It is the fruit of giving and receiving blessings. Following the same accessible and engaging format of his previous book, Finding Sanctuary, Abbot Christopher examines different aspects of happiness and tells us what monastic wisdom has to say about them. In doing so, he offers steps for the journey of finding happiness.
Christopher Jamison is abbot of Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near London. He is also president of the International Commission on Benedictine Education and sits on the Council of the Alliance for International Monasticism, a body that promotes links between monasteries across the North/South divide. He is author of Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life and was the host of the popular BBC documentary series The Monastery.
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This is a good book that challenges the mind because it is so clearly written.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
This book is highly recommended to those looking for a book on spirituality that is based on an ancient and tried tradition.
American Benedictine Review
Jamison's book is a treasure, for it combines insights from philosophy, monastic sources, psychology and literature, as also stories of human struggles.
Finding Happiness . . . is a map of the soul designed for our age: wise, lucid, inspiring, rich-a treasure-chest of gems that do not merely glitter.
A valiant attempt to suggest ways in which elements of the monastic life can bring serenity and calm to our frantic and turbulent world.
Sue Gaisford, The Independent on Sunday
[Reading] Finding Happiness has been a transforming experience, calling me to think deeply about the life I'm living and also confirming what I know and am currently doing.
Karen O'Connor, Author, Writing Mentor, and Speaker
Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps to a Fulfilling Life takes the reader through a very personalized journey of the soul and spirit.
Lost in Books
This wise and engaging look at human psychology provides useful distinctions between feeling good and being truly happy, between true and false forms of self-respect. Even more importantly, Fr. Jamison reminds us that hope is not a feeling but a discipline, and that `finding happiness' is a lifetime proposition. This book is positive in the most essential sense, and also down-to-earth, reminding us that we can take responsibility for our own happiness, and that the Christian spiritual tradition still has much to offer us in this endeavor.
Kathleen Norris, Author of the bestselling Dakota, The Cloister Walk, and Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
It is rewarding to read this lovely book because through it one touches base with oneself as being human and Christian. Through the text the author gently nudges the reader forward once again on the path of effort and virtue. . . . There is a wise Christian behavioral psychology being presented here and one experiences a certain lightness in reading it. For you are advised to `travel light,' to not be dependent on others for one's happiness. And your journey is not meant to be burdensome as there will always be `a word to live by' when one is in touch with the Scriptures.
The genius of this work lies in its integration of classical thought (Plato, Aristotle, and Cassian) with more current movements (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy, 12-step programs). Author Christopher Jamison, abbot of the Benedictine monastery in Sussex, holds these frames of reference in delicate balance; the resulting creative tension gives birth to a useful guide to living well. . . . This book is solid food for `personal soul-recovery.'