The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer

The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer

by Jonathan Morris


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FOX News religion analyst, program director of the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM radio, and bestselling author Father Jonathan Morris reveals how the Serenity Prayer offers a sure path to peace and fulfillment for everyone, not just those in recovery programs. The Serenity Prayer states:

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Exploring the prayer phrase by phrase, Morris shows the hope that can be found by gaining a deeper spiritual understanding of its words and by practicing its message. Enlightening and profound, The Way of Serenity includes moving narratives, illuminating historical anecdotes, and pertinent biblical passages that demonstrate the power of the Serenity Prayer to help us grow closer to God and find greater peace and happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062119148
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 124,475
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Father Jonathan Morris is a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New York and serves in campus ministry at Columbia University. He is also an analyst for the Fox News Channel and host of the News & Views program on The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Way of Serenity, God Wants You Happy, and The Promise: God's Purpose and Plan for When Life Hurts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change 9

Chapter 1 A Peace That Comes from God 13

Chapter 2 Safe from a all Distress 18

Chapter 3 Work as if Everything Depends on You, and Pray as if Everything Defends on God 22

Chapter 4 Patience heads to Peace 27

Chapter 5 God Never Leaves Us Alone 33

Chapter 6 If God Can change It, why Doesn't He? 41

Chapter 7 We Have Everything We Need 45

Chapter 8 The Allure of Material Possessions 49

Chapter 9 Climb a Mountain, Then Look Again 53

Chapter 10 Serenity Is Possible No Matter What Comes Our Way 57

Chapter 11 Owning Our History 63

Chapter 12 God Loves You, Warts and All 69

Chapter 13 God's Mercy Has No Limits 73

Chapter 14 Gratitude as a Path to Peace 78

Chapter 15 It's All About Joy 85

Part 2 The Courage to Change the Things I Can 91

Chapter 16 Can We Really Make a Difference? 94

Chapter 17 Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread for Action 99

Chapter 18 Some Change Is Necessary 104

Chapter 19 Who Is Courageous Anymore? 110

Chapter 20 You've Got a Big Part in the Play 113

Chapter 21 In God's Eyes, We Are All Action Figures 118

Chapter 22 Dreamers of the World, Unite! 124

Chapter 23 The First Person to Change Is You 127

Chapter 24 Blessed Are the Merciful 130

Chapter 25 A Bridge to Reconciliation 144

Chapter 26 Bearing each Other's Crosses 148

Chapter 27 The Courage to Get Back Up After Failing 152

Chapter 28 Start with Baby Steps 158

Chapter 29 if David Could Do It, So Can I! 161

Part 3 The Wisdom to Know the Difference 165

Chapter 30 Seek After Wisdom, Not Knowledge 169

Chapter 31 Cultivating Our Interior Life 173

Chapter 32 Spiritual but Not Religious? 177

Chapter 33 The Whiskers of God 181

Chapter 34 The Root of All Wisdom 187

Chapter 35 Discernment 191

Chapter 36 Don't Avoid Risks-Take the Right Ones 196

Chapter 37 A Life of Purpose and Meaning 201

Chapter 38 Christian Wisdom? 207

Chapter 39 I've Got Heaven on My Mind 209

Chapter 40 God's Will or Mine? 217

Chapter 41 Persons over Things 222

Conclusion 216

Notes 219

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storms1 More than 1 year ago
"the way of serenity" is very hard to put down. father jonathan morris has done a wonderful job taking an indepth look at the serenity prayer and how it can make a difference in your life. each chapter has a verse from this special prayer and how it can change your life. what ever your faith or denomination is this book will change your life unload some of the burdens that you have to struggle with and bring you some peace also recamended: the promise and God wants you to be happy by father jonathan morris and Jeusus on trial by david limbaugh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far the best book he's written and I have them all. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with finding their own inner peace and happiness in the midst of chaos called life. It really has made me a more peaceful individual and I refer back to certain chapters whenever I'm feeling tense/stressed and I just love the prayers he has at the end of each chapter! This book is a must read. I'd also recommend When God Stopped Keeping Score. 
HopeBL More than 1 year ago
I am on the last chapter today. This book is thought provoking and helpful on so many levels. I will be returning to reread many of of my highlighted sections and try to capture my thoughts in my own words. I just gave this book to a friend who lost her husband to cancer last week. She held onto it as if it was her personal lifeline. Thank you for offering this book and to the author for writing it.
Chuck777 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent Book. It made my day. It is written to meet the Challenges of the Day.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a phenomenal read. I had seen an interview with it's author on EWTN and had to buy it and read it right away. Fr. Morris' book is one I'll read again and again. It is tremendous Lenten reading and I'm recommending it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Book, Highly Recommend. I enjoyed reading this book, very insightful and inspiring.
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