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Overview

In the course of our lives, we struggle to establish careers and relationships that we hope will infuse us with a sense of purpose. While important titles, wealth, power, and possessions may represent a life that is successful in the eyes of others, pursuit of these achievements prompts us to seek more of the same again and again. However, it is only through a fundamental understanding of faith in God that we can discover His purpose for each of us in life, and can in turn pursue a meaningful existence and achieve lasting happiness.

In his authentic and profound book The Spirit of Happiness, Dr. T. Byram Karasu explores the psychological barriers that prevent so many of us from allowing faith to become an integral part of our lives and from becoming truly serene and fulfilled human beings.

We all experience many difficulties and conflicts in our daily lives, meeting challenges at work and in relationships, suffering through illness, losses, and failures, feeling anxious, depressed, or simply empty and purposeless. If we view such ordeals through the wisdom of the Holy Bible, which Dr. Karasu presents to us here as the ultimate self-help book, we can learn to understand and identify with God's Holy Purpose. Psycho-spiritual exercises, including meditations and affirmations based on God's word, are placed at the end of each chapter to help focus the reader's spiritual intention and lead the way to a more joyful and rewarding existence.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Spirit of Happiness begins where most self-help books end.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I recommend this new book to the ordinary reader for personal guidance and inspiration, and to the professional trying to find his or her way through the dense woods of spiritual writing."
— Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

"Dr. Karasu has done it again! His new book, The Spirit of Happiness, should be read by everyone who wants to improve their life. A must read!"
— Larry King

"A masterful work! In The Spirit of Happiness, Dr. Karasu continues his reflective journey toward the spiritual enlightenment he so eloquently began in his previous book, The Art of Serenity. This companion volume is an even more courageous foray into the realm of the most fundamental and complex issues we all face: how are we to find meaning and purpose in life, and what does it take to make life joyful? The Spirit of Happiness is a profoundly original book, executed with remarkable wit and skill. It is an outstanding contribution to the field of spirituality and an invaluable guide for the seeker in all of us."
— Deepak Chopra, author of How to Know God

"Like his earlier books, The Spirit of Happiness reveals Dr. T. Byram Karasu's experience, wisdom, and vision. Spiritual writing is a genre full of extravagance, usually having more gush than intelligence. Dr. Karasu is a remarkable exception. I always look forward to a new book from him. This new book offers a spiritual take on the arc of a life. It begins with the understanding that nothing we do in our ordinary lives can be successful if we are not in tune with the larger movement of life or the holy purpose. I recommend this new book to the ordinary reader for personal guidance and inspiration, and to the professional trying to find his or her way through the dense woods of spiritual writing."
— Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Original Self

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743289030
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Byram Karasu, M.D.

T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is the Silverman Professor of Psychiatry and University Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the seminal Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders and The Art of Serenity, a New York Times bestseller. He is editor in chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Karasu is a scholar, renowned clinician, teacher, and lecturer, and the recipient of numerous awards. He lives in New York City and Connecticut.

Biography

Renowned throughout the medical community, psychiatrist T. Byram Karasu, M.D. is the Silverman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sigmund Freud Award and the APA's Presidential Commendation.

Dr. Karasu has published extensively in professional journals and is the author of psychiatric textbooks such as the seminal Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. He has also written spiritual self-help guides, including the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Serenity and The Spirit of Happiness; and, in 2009, he published Rags of My Soul, a first book of poetry.

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Karasu explained in our interview how he likes to unwind: "I like quietness; I seek sanctuary in places protected from the sounds of civilization. I like to sit still in my garden -- I am a good gardener, hard labor part included -- and I listen to nature, the ultimate teacher. There for hours I do nothing, waiting, not even waiting, just being. At times I touch a flower, I kiss its petals; I try to get very close to bumblebees and butterflies -- a few times their wings hit my eyelashes. In the garden I commune with the birds, insects and vegetation. I feel one with them and whole."

"My other sanctuaries are writing and reading where I converse with myself and with other authors. Reading a minimum of 200 books to writing 1 is a reasonable proportion. Those who write more than they read, tend to rediscover the wheel -- a lower quality of that. Other times I spend time with friends, my alternative home."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Toksoz Karasu, Toksoz B. Karasu, Toksoz Byram Karasu
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York, and Westport, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 11, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erzurum, Turkey
    1. Education:
      University of Istanbul School of Medicine, 1959; Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1969

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The Spirit of Happiness

Discovering God's Purpose for Your Life
By T. Byram Karasu

Simon & Schuster

Copyright © 2006 T. Byram Karasu
All right reserved.

ISBN: 074328903X

Introduction

The Bible on My Mind: Chapter and Verse

...eternal purpose...is filled with all fullness of God.

Eph. 3:11, 19 (NIV)

I have practiced psychiatry for the last thirty-five years. I have written many articles and books about psychological care and sought out factors that might help people to be happy. I've studied the works of many psychologists and philosophers, and I have read the popular books that explore sources of happiness and the meaning of life. They deliver advice on self-actualization, success at work, relationships, marriage, world views, and philosophies of living. The proliferation of these "self-ultimacy" books validates my conviction that the answer to the human dilemma can't be found in the realm of the mind. The works of secular gurus demonstrate again and again that making the mind of man its own center generates only personal confusion, unhappiness, and communal disorders.

In my book The Art of Serenity, I identified six tenets of soulfulness and spirituality as the basic requirements for happiness: The Love of Others, The Love of Work, The Love of Belonging, Believing in the Sacred, Believing in Unity, and Believing in Transformation. I emphasized that a secular person may cultivate these extraordinary tenets, but it will be difficult to maintain them without divine inspiration.

This book begins where The Art of Serenity ended, with the belief in and the love of God. This book will guide you to the next and final step: to become godly.

To believe -- to have faith -- in God means trusting that there is a reason for the existence of everything in this world and beyond, and that there is meaning in its mystery. It means believing that there is a Holy Purpose. To be godly means to resonate with God's Holy Purpose, to bring all your personal and mundane purposes under its umbrella. If you not only have faith, but also become godly, you'll be a recipient of God's help, friendship, and boundless generosity in every aspect of your life.

In this book I use the Bible as the only source of reference. Throughout the centuries, men of wisdom have praised the Bible's guidance for truthful living; its cheerful urgings of love and compassion; its eternal lessons of serenity amidst the tribulations and adversities of the world; its tender teachings of the mysteries of life. As Heinrich Heine says in Ludwig Boerne (1840), "Great and wide as the world, rooted in the abysmal depths of creation and rising aloft into the blue mysteries of heaven...sunrise and sunset, promise and fulfillment, birth and death, the whole human drama, everything is in this book. It is the Book of Books, Biblia."

I am not a man of the cloth, merely a student of the human dilemma. Any theologian who reads this book will easily see the hand of a layman at work and I hope will forgive any of my shortcomings. With that proviso, I will present how you can find God's Holy Purpose and become godly. I will describe what godliness means in all aspects of your life, ranging from your career to relationships with your spouse, children, friends, and colleagues, and even strangers.

Only by being godly can you be strong and successful, find joy and happiness, and live an extraordinarily meaningful existence while leading an ordinary life.

Copyright © 2006 by T. Byram Karasu

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

The Bible on my mind: Chapter and Verse

Chapter I: God's Holy Purpose

Chapter II: Man's holy purpose is striving to be godly

Chapter III: Striving for godly success

Chapter IV: Striving for godly strength

Chapter V: Striving for a godly marriage

Chapter VI: Striving for a godly family

Chapter VII: Striving for godly friendships

Chapter VIII: Striving for a godly community

Chapter IX: Striving for godly harmony

Epilogue: I believe in God, therefore I am

Key to Biblical Abbreviations

Citations for Chapter-Opening Quotations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    Purpose?

    I love these books that tell you we that God has a purpose for our lives. Tell that to the homeless guy living in a box under the overpass. Or, the girl who jumped to her death from the overpass. But hey, maybe that was their purpose?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    Worth reading

    Spirit of Happiness offered much valuable insight. I think the author has a unique perspective. He touches on some areas that most writers of Christian books just sort of pass by, or don't explore. Overall, I thought it was not fantastic, but simply good. Worth checking out.

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