In the Spirit of Happiness: A Book of Spiritual Wisdom

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Now in paperback, the bestselling authors of "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend" distill their collective spiritual wisdom in a book that explains how the elements of a monk's life—self-discipline, solitude, prayer, acts of love and forgiveness—are pathways that anyone can follow to achieve true happiness and spiritual fulfillment.

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Overview

Now in paperback, the bestselling authors of "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend" distill their collective spiritual wisdom in a book that explains how the elements of a monk's life—self-discipline, solitude, prayer, acts of love and forgiveness—are pathways that anyone can follow to achieve true happiness and spiritual fulfillment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316606943
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 652,914
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Authors' Note xiv
1 The Seeker 4
Interlude: What Is Monasticism? 24
2 First Fervor 27
3 The Discipline of Change 48
Interlude: What Is a Monk? 68
4 Asceticism and Life 72
5 What About Techniques? 95
Interlude: The Beginnings of Christian Monasticism 111
6 Self-Knowledge 114
7 Sacred Reading and the Word 134
Interlude: The Growth of Christian Monasticism 150
8 Practicing Sacred Reading 153
9 Pray Without Ceasing? 174
Interlude: Later Developments in Monasticism 198
10 One Mind, One Heart 203
11 What Does Love Look Like? 237
Interlude: Whence New Skete? 258
12 Good Work 262
13 A River of Mercy 284
Interlude: More About New Skete 304
Epilogue: In the End, Happiness 308
Glossary 315
Bibliography: Understanding Scripture: Suggested Reading 321
Index 323
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