Finding Happiness

  • by Christopher Jamison
  • Narrated by Christopher Jamison
  • 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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What the Critics Say

"[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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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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- Krispy Thoughts

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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- martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-10-2008
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited