Happiness  -     By: Joan Chittister
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Hardcover

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Everyone wants to be happy. Many, however, wrongly believe that happiness comes from having enough money, fame, personal comfort, worldly success, or even dumb luck. Happiness just seems to be so elusive and arbitrary - something all too often just out of reach.

In Happiness Joan Chittister sees things differently. To her it is not a by-product of wealth or success but, rather, a personal quality to be learned, mastered, and fearlessly wielded. Happiness, she says, "is an organ of the soul that is meant to be nourished." In these pages Chittister develops "an archeology of happiness" as she conducts a happiness "dig" through sociology, biology, neurology, psychology, philosophy, history, and world religions. Sifting through the wisdom of the ages, Chittister offers inspiring insights that will help seekers everywhere learn to cultivate true and lasting happiness within themselves.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802864813
ISBN-13: 9780802864819
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 09/26/15.

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Publisher's Description

Everyone wants to be happy. Many, however, wrongly believe that happiness comes from having enough money, fame, personal comfort, worldly success, or even dumb luck. Happiness just seems to be so elusive and arbitrary -- something all too often just out of reach.

Joan Chittister sees happiness differently. To her it is not a by-product of wealth or success but, rather, a personal quality to be learned, mastered, and fearlessly wielded. Happiness, she says, "is an organ of the soul that is meant to be nourished." In these pages Chittister develops “an archeology of happiness” as she conducts a happiness “dig” through sociology, biology, neurology, psychology, philosophy, history, and world religions. Sifting through the wisdom of the ages, Chittister offers inspiring insights that will help seekers everywhere learn to cultivate true and lasting happiness within themselves.

Author Bio

Joan Chittister is a Benedictine sister and founding executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality in Erie, Pennsylvania. An internationally known writer and lecturer, she serves as co-chair of the UN’s Global Peace Initiative of Women, writes the column "From Where I Stand" in the National Catholic Reporter, and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Her more than forty books include The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman’s Life (with John August Swanson), Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, Uncommon Gratitude (with Rowan Williams), The Monastery of the Heart, and God’s Tender Mercy: Reflections on Forgiveness.

Endorsements

Sr. Joan Chittister never disappoints; but here she has exceeded even her own high standards. Happiness is a penetrating, insightful, wide-ranging study of its subject, and yet it is much more than that. It is pastoral. A thoughtful reader will be wiser for having read it, certainly, but also more complete and, I would wager, more at peace.
-Phyllis Tickle
Author, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why

Joan Chittister has hit another home run with her book Happiness. Already a contemporary saint and an embodiment of the spiritual elder ‘wise woman,’ Benedictine Sister Joan draws her insights not only from the most profound philosophers and every major religious tradition East and West, but also from her own experience of a life well lived, consciously lived, and beautifully lived. This book has gems and insights in every chapter that will guide and awaken the reader to the rich possibilities of life.
-Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor, Tikkun magazine
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal (STARRED review)
"Chittister's usual excellent and fluent style lends credence to this gentle reminder of the meaning of happiness (and perhaps of life in general). A good fit for readers of any faith yearning for contentment and self-improvement."

Spirituality & Practice
“In this ambitious and wide-ranging volume, Chittister tries to track down the elusive meaning of happiness. . . . A helpful guidebook that can serve as a wise companion on your personal quest for happiness.”

St. Placid Priory Newsletter
“A gentle pondering of spiritual insights has gone into cultivating this most wondrous gift that is offered us.”

Phyllis Tickle
-- author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
"Sr. Joan Chittister never disappoints; but here she has exceeded even her own high standards. Happiness is a penetrating, insightful, wide-ranging study of its subject, and yet it is much more than that. It is pastoral. A thoughtful reader will be wiser for having read it, certainly, but also more complete and, I would wager, more at peace."

Rabbi Michael Lerner
-- editor of Tikkun magazine
"Joan Chittister has hit another home run with her book Happiness. Already a contemporary saint and an embodiment of the spiritual elder 'wise woman,' Benedictine Sister Joan draws her insights not only from the most profound philosophers and every major religious tradition East and West, but also from her own experience of a life well lived, consciously lived, and beautifully lived. This book has gems and insights in every chapter that will guide and awaken the reader to the rich possibilities of life."

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