Summary

Why is 'being happy' such an imperative nowadays? What meaning do people give happiness? In this audiobook 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. Everybody is searching for happiness but not everybody knows how to find it. In modern Britain, more and more people say that their life is too materialistic and superficial, which leads to a feeling of dissatisfaction. Our consumer culture encourages the belief that happiness comes with pleasure, but this book will challenge that belief and encourage alternative approaches to how we view happiness.
Following the same accessible and engaging format of Finding Sanctuary, Abbot Christopher looks in turn at the demons that make us unhappy. As we face the causes of our unhappiness, we are blessed with an authentic joy that is the real meaning of happiness.
©2008 Christopher Jamison (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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"[Father Christopher's] teachings are based on those of the fourth-century desert fathers, founded by St Anthony and honed into shape by St Benedict, father of western monasticism, which sounds a bit dusty but isn't. Did you know that there were eight, not seven, deadly sins, the missing one being accidie, or apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue?"( The Guardian)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andy T on 24-11-08

An Antidote to Modern Life!,

Finding Happiness is one of those rare gems of a book that serenely guides you through the trials of modern day life.
Father Jamison has an excellent delivery and is a highly skilled orator. As with Finding Sanctuary it has been a blessing to read the book and listen to the download.

Father Jamison takes the reader hand in hand to genuine inner joy. \"Are monks happy?\" His reply, \"They are not unhappy.\" That grabbed me straight away, along with his question about having a happy death! Having never thought about death being happy, on the rare occasions I think about death. I realised that to have a happy death, equates to having a happy and fulfilled life.

With his profound insights, and effective communication, this book remarkably mirrors humanities embedded condition. With such elegance, we're guided through many of the reasons that make us unhappy.



Ultimately the dark clouds dissipate, opening the door to inner happiness, if you so choose..

I pray that this also blesses you and sets you on a new track, as we pilgrim through life.



This book is of a solid foundation to make a significant change in your life. Its timing in this troubled era is perfect.

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5 out of 5 stars
By martin on 10-05-14

Meaning and direction

What made the experience of listening to Finding Happiness the most enjoyable?

Rooted in the real world

What did you like best about this story?

A practical guide to finding meaning 24/7 not just for an a hour a week in church

What does Christopher Jamison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An expert on the subject reading his own book.

Any additional comments?

This is a good book for those looking for meaning in their lives beyond the ups and downs of everyday life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 30-04-15

Great resource on modern spiritual issues!

Abbot Christopher does a wonderful.job of narrating his book to help us find/rediscover our happpiness.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Zaubermond on 19-08-18

Benedictine wisdom for those outside the cloister

I believe every Catholic can benefit from the considerations in this book. It isn't a quick fix or an mindless menu plan for the discontented, though. Contemplating the lessons and insights takes effort and time.

Contrary to what some may believe, the desert fathers have much to teach those of us who do not live a monastic life. It is very possible to adapt their wisdom to our modern, busy, and mostly secular lives. It is possible, and certainly necessary, to sanctify our lives if we do live in the world and not set apart from it by a monastic order. Each of us is called to holiness as we remain true to our state in life. Indeed, the abbot makes it clear that monastic vows are no escape from the world, nor an escape from oneself.

Jamison considers ideas about pleasure, expectations, and habit, and how these affect our perception of happiness. If you derive nothing more from this book that that, it is worth it. But I believe you will find really useful suggestions and insights if you listen to this work with an open heart and prayerfully consider what you might need to change or reevaluate in your own life, and what happiness really means for a Catholic.

Jamison is a naturally gifted teacher, and I enjoy his delivery and the sound of his voice. I've listened to this book three times and also have read his book, FINDING SANCTUARY on Kindle. I can't recommend his work highly enough.

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