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Finding Happiness

Monastic Steps For A Fulfilling Life

By Christopher Jamison
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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. Unabridged edition, read by the author.

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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Biographical Notes

Father Christopher Jamison is the Abbot of Worth, a Benedictine monastery in Sussex, which featured in the BBC2 series THE MONASTERY. Born in Melbourne, he studied at Downside School and Oxford University. After becoming a monk in 1973, he taught at Worth School and became Headmaster in 1994. He was elected Abbot in 2002, is President of the International Commission on Benedictine Education and sits on the Council of the Alliance for International Monasticism, a body that promotes links between monasteries across the North/South divide. He is the author of FINDING SANCTUARY.

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