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Finding happiness: monastic steps for a fulfilling life

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Abbot Christopher Jamison, author of Finding Sanctuary, and the abbot from the 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.
198 pages
Published 2008 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Kathy Dolan
It took me a long time to read this, but it's worth reading slowly. Once again, Abbot Jamison writes in a beautifully simple and clear style but with so much depth and wisdom you can only take it in (or I could) in short bites. He really has his finger on the pulse of the current culture and suggests long-used monastic and spiritual solutions to our ills with humility and compassion - no judging, no preaching. I love this. It's going on my shelf next to Finding Sanctuary, to be treasured and re- ...more
Very thought-provoking. Simple. Accessible for folk who've not yet been introduced to the basics of Christian thought, Christian daily living in a world full of distraction. Highly recommended.
Very readable book using the 7 deadly sine + spiritual apathy to make you think about happiness.
I have always had an affinity with the monastic lifestyle, being very much an introvert myself, so this book appealed to me on that level initially. Once I got into it, I realised very quickly that he is writing more to a secular, unbelieving audience than to me, a life-long Christian. Nevertheless, despite the times he was speaking about things that have always been a part of my own life, there were moments of insight for me. Largely, I found it a very good wee devotional book-- I read through ...more
this was a quick read. i think i enjoyed the introduction more than the bulk of the book. jamison approaches this idea by looking at the eight thoughts / sins so it can feel a little negative as its about avoiding these thoughts. that said the introduction talks about the interior life and was very good. how in prayer/meditation we are confronted by our interior world and that it is thoughts that lead to sin/unhappiness and if we are more aware of our interior life/our thoughts we can avoid lett ...more
Using Benedict's account of the seven cardinal sins (often and unhelpfully termed the seven deadly sins) this book explores how an ancient religious rule might help a modern audience to find real, meaningful and lasting happiness, whether religious or not.
Communicty Savage
This book weaves together the thoughts and beliefs of the Desert Fathers from 2000 years ago with modern day science such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. All these ideas are given additional meaning through the perspective of a Benedictine Monk.
'The fundamental insight share by the ancient philosophers and by Christ is that an interior discipline of thoughts is needed. The only way to avoid bad actions and promote happiness is to go deeper than the actions themselves and to train our thoughts.'
Seems a bit limp to start - not about finding happiness as such, rather how not to be unhappy. Once you realise that the title is a publisher's ploy for those who found much in the 'Finding Sanctuary' title, it is easier to go along with the Abbot's approach that this is not a methodology, nor a formula, but a challenge to seek virtue throughout life. Taking Cassian's 'Eight Thoughts' it also keeps thoroughly grounded in the ancient wisdom of the desert fathers and mothers. In summary - old wine ...more
While I appreciated the approach and found mush of his initial discussion intriguing, I felt the brevity of the book prevented him from fully developing the Eight Thoughts. It is, however, a good introduction into the thinking of the early Desert Mothers and Fathers.
Sweet book based on 8 virtues of the monastic life.
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