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Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps For A Fulfilling Life [Paperback]

Father Christopher Jamison OSB
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20 Aug 2009

Why is 'being happy' such an imperative nowadays? What meaning do people give happiness?

In this book Abbot Christopher turns to monastic wisdom to offer answers, and to explain that in essence, happiness is a gift, not an achievement, the fruit of giving and receiving blessings.

Following the same accessible and engaging format of FINDING SANCTUARY, Abbot Christopher takes different aspects of happiness, examines them, tells us what monastic wisdom has to say about them, and offers us steps towards our own journey to finding happiness.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; First Printing edition (20 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753826097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826096
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abbot Christopher Jamison is the Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey, which featured in the BBC documentary series 'The Monastery' (3 million viewers).

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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)

Now seems an appropriate moment to take stock of spiritual rather than material matters. This jewel of a book was written last Easter, when life was still a bowl of cherries, not a financial maelstrom. (Sue Arnold GUARDIAN)

Full of a wisdom that transcends religious dogma. (SUNDAY TIMES)

For the ethical giver, it's a fine alternative to a goat. (DAILY TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Abbot Christopher Jamison from hit TV series THE MONASTERY, turns his attention to the eternal questions of how to be happy, and why we believe it is so important.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Antidote to Modern Life! 1 Nov 2008
Finding Happiness is one of those rare gems of a book that serenely guides you through the trials of modern day life. Father Jamison takes the reader hand in hand to genuine inner joy. "Are monks happy?" His reply, "They are not unhappy." That grabbed me straight away, along with his question about having a happy death! Having never thought about death being happy, on the rare occasions I think about death. I realised that to have a happy death, equates to having a happy and fulfilled life.

With his profound insights, and effective communication, this book remarkably mirrors humanities embedded condition. With such elegance we are guided through many of the reasons that make us unhappy.

Ultimately the dark clouds dissipate, opening the door to inner happiness, if you so choose.

This book is of a solid foundation to make a significant change in your life. Its timing in this troubled era is perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why was I so slow to see this? 9 Nov 2010
As an ex-pupil of Worth School, I long went with the schoolboy view of almost sheer disbelief that people could choose to leave the very disciplined and rigorous life of a Monk. At the time I was there Fr. Christopher was a house-master of part of the school. The schoolboy view was that he was rather tough, or Crass. My view of him and indeed his mind changed significantly when I managed to have a motorcycle accident and was left comatose. When I came out it was Fr Christopher who dedicated much time to chatting to me to answer the multitude of questions I had "coming back" - so to speak, being left with the body of an 18 year-old and the mind of a seven year-old. Fr. Christopher listened and guided me through this with limitless patience (faced with questions like, "what's this God thing about anyway?",) to being the normal person I am now. I will never forget this and suddenly I find myself listening to The Monastery and The Big Silence and reading his book. It is an amazing book as indeed is the world a better place for having him, and the other monks he shares his life with. The book itself is great and filled with common-sense in a way that is refreshing and true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a gem of a book 31 Jan 2010
An extraordinary book. I thought Christopher Jamiesons "Finding Sanctuary" was a great book but "Finding Happiness" goes deeper. It is challenging and exhillerating and I found it hard to put down. One of the few books I will be reading again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Happiness - review 7 April 2011
By Novice
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If you are looking for something different, maybe this is the book for you.
I read a library copy first and decided I want my own. The initial reason for reading the Library copy was the name of the writer, who has quietly impressed me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Happiness 27 Feb 2010
By Reg K
An interesting book that reveals deep truths on how to find rejecting the demons of acedia, gluttony, lust, greed, anger, sadness, vanity and pride. It is a must read for everyone who aims at purity of heart. Educating, inspiring...the book is a strong guide for inner peace and a disciplined life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness Found 26 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I originally bought this book in paperback, so was delighted to purchase on Kindle. As expected of Abbot Christopher Jamison of the Benedictine congregation it offers a wise practical guide in daily life, and helps to create that quiet small place in your life. I would highly recommended it both for its spiritual and practical advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 28 Sep 2011
By Smithy
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One to keep on the bookshelves and keep going back to.
Easy to read and worded well in uptodate language.Christopher Jameson is not a stuck in the mud old fashioned monk.
But someone who is very much in tune with the world today and how to handle it by using old rules that should speak to every generation. I think everyone should read this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness Found! 9 Mar 2010
A wonderful inspirational read! Gently un-picks the superficiality of what passes for 'self-fulfilment'in much of contemporary living. Helps the reader to reassess what is worth pursuing in the quest to find meaning and purpose in every-day living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning
An excellent book on every level. Accessible and yet as deep as the ocean. Challenging but not burdensome. Heartily recommended
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A book to read and re-read. To dip in and out of. A shining light in a dark sea of consumerism. A Light at the end of the tunnel of modern life.
Published 9 months ago by shamybaby
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read with a deep impact!
This book, which I have read many times, does not give a 'system' or 'techniques' for finding happiness, but rather challenges the mind-set which causes unhappiness in this modern... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. I. C. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever so new sempiternal wisdom.....
Christopher Jamison succeeds in presenting the ancient wisdom/knowledge of how to run this part of the Universe in an easy-to-read, but without being simple or dull, way. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !
This is a wonderful book if you are looking for ways
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And simple ways... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gregorio
4.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual approach to happiness in life
An interesting development of ideas to bring us nearer to an understanding of the spiritual life, following on from the Abbot's television series.
Published 16 months ago by Derek Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time to read this book
Some real insights into how to understand one's life and so to feel that much more in control of it.
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