Eight Pillars of Joy

I’ve been reading The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World these past couple of months – it’s the written version of a week-long visit at Dharamsala. Bishop Desmond Tutu, his holiness the Dalai Lama, and writer Douglas Abrams spend days discussing what true joy is, obstacles that prevent us from experiencing lasting joy, and the eight pillars that foster a joyful life. There are some wonderful stories, a few pictures, and a lot of play and laughter – something found on the many video clips of the encounter, and somehow found in the book’s very pages. In a time of uncertainty, this is a wonderful book to discuss with others.

It’s the pillars of joy that I’m reading at the moment. Why not read and write? If you have the time and inclination, pick up The Book of Joy and read along with me. I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Peace, Johnna

[Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Abrams; The Book of Joy: Lasting happiness in a changing world; New York: Avery, 2016]

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

6 thoughts on “Eight Pillars of Joy”

  1. Thanks, Johnna–I now have 1,994 books I haven’t read. But as we will be reading together it helps me decide what to read. Another one I have yet to read is “My Spiritual Journey” by the Dalai Lama & Sofia Stril-Rever. Looking forward to the journey with you and gobbling up some insight.

    1. I’ll have to look into “My Spiritual Journey.” The book pile doesn’t seem to get any smaller….peace, Johnna

  2. So true–just got a bunch of books for my upcoming natal anniversary. I think I’ll suggest The Book of Joy for C&C as our study of Matthew ends this week.

    1. My Thursday group is enjoying it. It just seems like the right book at this time. Of course, depending on how I look at it, any book is the right one at this time…Peace, Johnna

  3. God has, since I was in high school, spoken to me by presenting the right book at the right time. It still amazes me.

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