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.
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: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
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.
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
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